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Daily News Summary
10 December 2018

image Cross-sector partnerships help tackle maths teacher shortage
image Letters: Independent schools and Oxbridge places
image Head says Teachers’ Pension Scheme is "about to collapse on its face"
image Independent school inspectorates will be subject to increased monitoring by Ofsted
image School principal raises concern over "vindictive" tax plan
image Education experts reveal their exam preparation tips
image Social mobility tsar issues warning over cutting tuition fees
image Children given faith school places against families’ first-choice wishes

Cross-sector partnerships help tackle maths teacher shortage

 

Independent schools are setting up maths tutorials and providing teaching support as part of ongoing partnership work with state schools. By Nicola Woolcock, Rosemary Bennett and Ed Southgate, The Times.

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The Times

Letters: Independent schools and Oxbridge places

 

Andrew Halls, headmaster at King’s College School, Wimbledon, and Alice Phillips, headmistress at St Catherine’s, Bramley, have written to The Times in response to last week's Sutton Trust report, which found eight schools dominate the number of Oxbridge places awarded. Barnaby Lenon, chairman of the Independent Schools Council, has written to The Times to correct a perception that every independent school is wealthy.

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The Times

Head says Teachers’ Pension Scheme is "about to collapse on its face"

 

A headteacher at a UK school writes for Tes warning that the proposed increase in teacher pension contributions will result in the scheme collapsing.

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Tes

Independent school inspectorates will be subject to increased monitoring by Ofsted

 

The Education Secretary, Damian Hinds MP, has written to Amanda Spielman to green-light Ofsted's additional monitoring of independent school inspectorates. By Julia Belgutay, Tes.

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Tes

School principal raises concern over "vindictive" tax plan

 

Dr John Halliday, rector of the High School of Dundee, has said the Scottish Government's plan to remove business rates relief from independent schools will impact the city’s revival. By Gareth McPherson, The Courier.

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The Courier

Education experts reveal their exam preparation tips

 

Psychologists, lecturers and wellbeing counsellors have issued advice to help students prepare for exams. By Lucy Tobin, The Guardian.

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The Guardian

Social mobility tsar issues warning over cutting tuition fees

 

Martina Milburn, the chair of the Social Mobility Commission, has suggested that restoring maintenance grants would do more help widen access to university than cutting tuition fees. By Adam Forrest, The Independent.

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The Independent

Children given faith school places against families’ first-choice wishes

 

A report by the National Secular Society has revealed thousands of children were given a place in a faith primary school despite this going against their parents’ first-choice wishes. By Nicholas Hellen, The Sunday Times.

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The Sunday Times

 

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