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ISC Daily News Summary 29 March 2017

Confusion over GCSE grading


Justine Greening, the education secretary, has been accused of adding confusion to GCSE reforms by setting the new pass mark a grade lower than expected. By Rosemary Bennett, Times. Also reported by TES.

Bringing WW1 battlefields to life with virtual reality

General Education

Students at St Mary's College, Crosby have been learning about the battlefields of World War One using virtual reality. BBC News.

'Don't let SEND terminology create barriers to collaboration'


Variations in SEND terminology across the UK can confuse parents and prevent useful knowledge from being shared as widely as it could be, says a former Sendco who now works for Nasen. By Michael Surr, education development officer at the National Association for Special Educational Needs (Nasen). TES.

'Talking about being bullied is not whingeing – and it is most certainly not "trendy"'

Child Welfare

We need more role models like Kate Winslet – who bravely spoke up about being bullied at school – to put the spotlight on this life-changing problem, writes the former government mental health tsar, Natasha Devon. TES.

World Autism Awareness Week


This week marks World Autism Awareness Week, when campaigners will seek to raise further awareness of the condition and improve the lives of those affected by it. Letter to The Independent from The Scottish Children’s Services Coalition - which includes Stuart Jacob, director of Falkland House School in Fife.

Letter over half-way down the page.

New DfE property company will 'operate at pace' to deliver 500 new free schools

Academies and Free Schools

The head of a new company designed to help the government deliver its promise of 500 new free schools has pledged to “operate at pace”. By Martin George, TES.

University tuition fees in England now the highest in the world, new analysis suggests

Higher Education

University tuition fees in England are now the highest in the world, new analysis has found. By Ben Kentish, Independent.

Dog has its day

And finally

Paul Thomas, teacher at Headington School, Oxford writes to the Times reflecting on the beginning of his teaching profession when a dachshund, Princess, was bought into the classroom to calm his pupils.

Letter at the bottom of the page.

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