Daily News Summary
24 August 2018

image GCSE results 2018: further coverage
image Letters: The threat to music GCSE
image 'Private schools reinforce privilege'
image 'Skills needed by primary-aged children should be instilled at home, not taught at school'
image Heads' union predicted to merge

GCSE results 2018: further coverage


The Times reports that 'leading private schools were awash with top GCSE grades', with a number of schools seeing almost all pupils achieving the top grades. By Nicola Woolcock, Rosemary Bennett and Katie Sayer. References Guildford High School for Girls, North London Collegiate School and Westminster School.

Adam Pettitt, head at Highgate School, writes a letter to The Times discussing teaching to the test and arguing the difference between learning and getting a qualification. Letter just above half-way.

Emma Pattison, headteacher of Croydon High School, writes for The Evening Standard discussing the new GCSEs.

The Times reports that critics have challenged the reformed GCSEs claiming they have resulted in excessive grade inflation. The Times' education correspondent provides analysis on this year's results, stating that the impact of Michael Gove’s reforms may not be seen for years. The paper's leading article states the reforms are a work in progress.

iNews questions whether the GCSE reforms were worth it in the end.

Kevin Stannard, director of innovation and learning at the Girls' Day School Trust, argues in Tes that assessment should take place over a longer period.

Letters: The threat to music GCSE


A number of educationalists have written to The Times urging the Government to reverse its EBacc policy in a bid to keep music alive in schools. Signatories include Barbara R-D Fisher, vice president of The Yehudi Menuhin School as well as Nicolas Chisholm, former headmaster, and Peter Renshaw, former principal, at the school.

The Times

'Private schools reinforce privilege'


Melissa Benn writes a 'long read' for the Guardian, arguing why she thinks independent schools should be abolished.

The Guardian

'Skills needed by primary-aged children should be instilled at home, not taught at school'


Philip Collins writes a comment piece for The Times discussing the number of children starting primary school lacking basic skills.

The Times

Heads' union predicted to merge


A former general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders has predicted that the union will merge with the National Association of Head Teachers within 10 years. By Will Hazell, Tes.



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