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Daily News Summary
3 December 2018

image Letters: Independent schools' public benefit
image Independent schools warned they must engage in partnerships to survive
image Independent schools should run more background checks on pupils' families, says National Crime Agency
image Decline in foreign exchange trips due to 'burden' of background checks
image Independent school places for looked-after children
image 'Parents deserve lower school fees'
image Easing the teaching retention crisis
image Ofqual yet to publish exam marking variations between boards

Letters: Independent schools' public benefit

 

Letters in The Sunday Times discussed the public benefit of independent schools. Letter writers include Julie Robinson, general secretary of the Independent Schools Council, and Andrew Newland, chairman of governors at Westbrook Hay Prep School.

In The Times on Saturday, several letters discussed unconditional university offers. Letter writers include Kieran McLaughlin, headmaster of Durham School, and Louise Simpson, head at St Paul’s School in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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The Sunday Times

Independent schools warned they must engage in partnerships to survive

 

Speaking at the Independent Schools Conference, Mike Buchanan, executive director of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC), warned independent schools to engage with state schools or "the sector will diminish". By Dave Speck, Tes.

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Tes

Independent schools should run more background checks on pupils' families, says National Crime Agency

 

Donald Toon, head of economic and cyber crime at the National Crime Agency, has said independent schools should perform more background checks on families, to prevent being targeted by criminals. By Caroline Henshaw, Tes. The article quotes ISC general secretary, Julie Robinson.

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Tes

Decline in foreign exchange trips due to 'burden' of background checks

 

The Mail on Sunday reports on a drop in the proportion of independent schools running language exchange programmes, which headteachers have said are burdened by background checks. By Abul Taher. The article quotes Mike Buchanan, executive director of the HMC.

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Mail on Sunday

Independent school places for looked-after children

 

Children's minister, Nadhim Zahawi MP, will announce a scheme offering discounted independent school places for children in care. By Christopher Hope, The Telegraph. The article quotes Barnaby Lenon, chairman of the ISC.

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The Telegraph

'Parents deserve lower school fees'

 

The Telegraph money section discusses the cost of independent school fees, which demonstrate the "exceptional value placed on a British education around the world" but, at the same time, have priced many parents out of the system. By Marc Sidwell. Article references figures from the ISC Census.

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The Telegraph

Easing the teaching retention crisis

 

Dr Bernard Trafford, writer, educationalist, musician and former independent school headteacher, argues that the nature of a teacher's job needs changing in order to ease the recruitment crisis. Tes.

Tes also reports on findings from a conference by the NASUWT teachers' union, which reveal only 24% of teachers plan to continue in the teaching profession long-term.

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Tes

Ofqual yet to publish exam marking variations between boards

 

The exams regulator, Ofqual, is yet to publish data on the quality of marking variations between exam boards, despite mooting the idea in 2015. By Freddie Whittaker, Schools Week.

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Schools Week

 

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