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Daily News Summary
14 December 2018

image Gap closing between poorest primary school children and their wealthier peers
image Rise in penalties given to pupils for taking mobiles into exams
image Increase in "Prevent" referrals from the education sector
image Petition to stop grammars prioritising disadvantaged and local children

Gap closing between poorest primary school children and their wealthier peers

 

Government figures have revealed the achievement gap between the poorest primary school children and their wealthier peers has closed by the biggest margin in six years. By Victoria Ward and Ashley Kirk, The Telegraph.

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The Telegraph

Rise in penalties given to pupils for taking mobiles into exams

 

This year saw a 22% rise in the number of penalties given to pupils for taking mobile phones into the exam hall. By Will Hazell, Tes.

Ofqual figures also show a rise in pupils' performance in maths in the GCSE national reference test and an increase in the amount of exam-related social media activity.

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Tes

Increase in "Prevent" referrals from the education sector

 

Data from the Home Office has shown there has been an increase, by almost a quarter, in the number of referrals to the Government's anti-extremism programme. By Freddie Whittaker, Schools Week.

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Schools Week

Petition to stop grammars prioritising disadvantaged and local children

 

A number of parents have set up a petition to stop a group of grammar schools prioritising disadvantaged and local children due to a fear that standards will be lowered. By Rosemary Bennett, The Times.

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The Times

 

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