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Daily News Summary
22 Dec 2015

image ISC blog of the week: My first year...
image Research reveals who is getting A*s
image Boarding is best
image Concerns over a new concert hall for London
image Our longer school day engages our students
image Every school forced to use internet filters and teach online safety under government plans
image Rising numbers of pupils home educated
image How schools can help immigrant children to thrive
image What are middle-class parents looking for in a school?

ISC blog of the week: My first year...

 

Julie Robinson provides a retrospective view on her first year as General Secretary at the ISC.

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ISC

Research reveals who is getting A*s

 

Cambridge Assessment today publishes a statistics report on Candidates Awarded the A* Grade at A Level in 2014.

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Boarding is best

 

Boarding schools are becoming more popular. Charlotte Phillips looks at why living at boarding school is on the up. Independent School Parent. Quotes Barnaby Lenon, Chair of the ISC; Charlotte Avery, headmistress of St Mary’s School, Cambridge; Hilary Moriarty, national director of the Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA); Dr Kevin Stannard, director of Innovation and Learning, GDST; Rebecca Dougall, Headteacher at The Royal High School, Bath. Also references Harrogate Ladies’ College; Trent College, Nottingham; The Dragon School, Oxfordshire; Dulwich Preparatory School, Kent; Wandsworth Prep, South London and Caldicott Prep School in Farnham Royal.

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Independent School Parent

Concerns over a new concert hall for London

 

Dr Millan Sachania, Head Master at Streatham & Clapham High School, writes to The Times Editor.

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The Times

Our longer school day engages our students

 

Setting up a new school is, in equal measure, the hardest, most frustrating, most time consuming and most enjoyable thing I have ever done in my 17 years in education. By Darren Lyon, Headteacher at Sir Thomas Fremantle School in Buckinghamshire. References partnership work with Stowe School, Buckinghamshire.

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Schools Week

Every school forced to use internet filters and teach online safety under government plans

 

Government consultation proposes closing loopholes to better protect pupils form exploitation and radicalisation. By Ben Riley-Smith, The Telegraph. Also reported by The Guardian and BBC News online.

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The Telegraph
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The Guardian
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BBC

Rising numbers of pupils home educated

 

There has been a 65% increase in children recorded as home educated in the UK over six years. By Branwen Jeffreys, BBC News online. Also reported by The Telegraph. Schools Week also reports on this issue with regard to 'radicalisation' fears.

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BBC
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The Telegraph
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Schools Week

How schools can help immigrant children to thrive

 

In view of the large influx of refugees from Syria and the growing concern about their integration in European societies, the launch of a new report on immigrant children in education systems could not be more timely. By Jan Germen Janmaat, The Converstation.

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The Conversation

What are middle-class parents looking for in a school?

 

When Michael Gove was secretary for education back in 2010, he decided that checking whether schools contribute to student mental well-being was a peripheral issue and that schools should focus more on educational achievement. Yet with growing pressure on pupils to achieve academically, there are signs that some parents want more for their children than the ability to pass exams. By Iro Konstantinou, The Conversation. References Eton College.

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The Conversation

 

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