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Daily News Summary
18 Jan 2016

image ISC Annual Census opens this week
image Public schools could lose generous tax breaks unless they provide annual audit of how they share facilities with poor
image Desert Island Discs
image Answer the Question: Your girl was rejected by Oxford? Don’t get the blues
image Kevin Fear: The five skills pupils should have by age 11
image East End Eton trumps top schools at Oxbridge
image State school pupils lack confidence – you won’t fix that in the classroom
image Female headteachers get smaller pay rises than men
image Exclusive: language GCSEs at risk of being too easy and too dull, universities warn
image Exclusive: schools not taking full advantage of technology, YouGov poll reveals
image Two-thirds of pupils will miss global standard
image 'One size fits all' system lets down less academic pupils, warns Ofsted chief
image Ministers told to sack Ofsted chief over threat to raid Sunday schools in extremism crackdown
image Wealthy children more than a year ahead when they start school

ISC Annual Census opens this week

 

Don't forget to participate in the census, which opens on 21 January. The Independent Schools Council (ISC) conducts a census of its constituent association members each year, to gain a broad and current view of the sector. As of May 2015, there were record numbers of pupils at the 1,267 ISC member schools – 517,113 pupils, the highest-ever level demonstrating the strength of the sector. By Stephanie Broad, Independent Education Today.

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IE Today

Public schools could lose generous tax breaks unless they provide annual audit of how they share facilities with poor

 

The guidance was quietly brought in by the Charity Commission four months ago to head off a bid by MPs and peers to force public schools legally to open up music, arts and sports facilities to state educated children and as well as universities and careers advice. By Christopher Hope, The Telegraph. Quotes Julie Robinson, General Secretary of the ISC. Also references Eton, Winchester and Harrow.

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The Telegraph

Desert Island Discs

 

Former head of Wellington College, Anthony Seldon, featured on this Sunday’s Desert Island Discs on BBC Radio 4. His music choices included two from Wellington and one from Brighton College.

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Answer the Question: Your girl was rejected by Oxford? Don’t get the blues

 

Andrew Halls, head master of King’s College School in Wimbledon, London, replies to readers’ queries in The Sunday Times.

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The Sunday Times

Kevin Fear: The five skills pupils should have by age 11

 

Kevin Fear, head teacher at Nottingham High School, looks at the five key skills he would like to see children have by the time they leave primary school. By Nottingham Post.

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Regional Media

East End Eton trumps top schools at Oxbridge

 

A FREE school in one of the poorest parts of Britain is sending eight pupils to Oxbridge, putting it on a par with some of the most famous public schools. By Sian Griffiths, The Sunday Times. The London Academy of Excellence in Stratford is a selective free school sixth form college in the London Borough of Newham founded in 2012 by Brighton College, Eton College, Caterham School, Highgate School, City of London Boys School, Roedean and Forest School Snaresbrook. Article references Bedales School and Haileybury and quotes John Weeks, the academy’s head master, and Richard Cairns, headmaster of Brighton College.

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The Telegraph

State school pupils lack confidence – you won’t fix that in the classroom

 

I doubt you will have been surprised to hear that sociability, confidence and assertiveness are “particularly beneficial for career success”. A report by the Sutton Trust has suggested that having a lot of these characteristics – collectively defined as extroversion – resulted in a 25% higher chance of earning over £40,000 per year. By Julian Baggini, author of Freedom Regained: The Possibility of Free Will (Granta). The Guardian.

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The Guardian

Female headteachers get smaller pay rises than men

 

Female teachers still find it harder to make the final leap to headship, and at secondary level they face a smaller pay rise if they do, new analysis reveals today. By Helen Ward, The TES.

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Tes

Exclusive: language GCSEs at risk of being too easy and too dull, universities warn

 

New language GCSEs are at risk of being seen as too easy and too dull, universities have said, dubbing one draft exam question about grocery shopping as “Year 7 material”. By Kaye Wiggins, The TES.

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Tes

Exclusive: schools not taking full advantage of technology, YouGov poll reveals

 

More than half of heads do not believe that their school takes full advantage of the benefits of technology, new research shows. By Richard Vaughan, The TES. The TES includes another report on this story.

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Tes
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Tes

Two-thirds of pupils will miss global standard

 

ONLY about a third of teenagers in England are expected to reach the standard achieved by an average student in countries at the top of world education rankings, according to new research. By Sian Griffiths, The Sunday Times.

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The Sunday Times

'One size fits all' system lets down less academic pupils, warns Ofsted chief

 

Sir Michael Wilshaw condemns youth unemployment record in UK, saying those who fail at 16 are ‘left behind’. By Sally Weale, The Guardian.

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The Guardian

Ministers told to sack Ofsted chief over threat to raid Sunday schools in extremism crackdown

 

Sir Gerald Howarth said Sir Michael Wilshaw should resign unless he "publicly renounces an intention to investigate sunday schools". By Christopher Hope, The Telegraph.

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The Telegraph

Wealthy children more than a year ahead when they start school

 

Children from the wealthiest parts of Scotland are already 14 months ahead of their peers from poorer neighbourhoods when they start school, according to research involving almost 20,000 children. By Henry Hepburn, The TES.

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Tes

 

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