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Daily News Summary
2 July 2018

image The 28 girls who built and flew their own plane
image Letters: Mental health
image Letters: 'IGCSES are every bit as rigorous as England’s new GCSE'
image Study predicts fewer top grades in new GCSEs
image Scotland's independent schools warn proposed tax hike will harm state sector too
image 'Music should be at the heart of the curriculum'
image 'Teaching should not be stifled by exams and accountability'
image The benefits of a CIFE education for international students

The 28 girls who built and flew their own plane

 

In a bid to address the severe shortage of women in engineering, schoolgirls from Benenden School have spent 18 months building a microlight plane and, after all their work, have taken to the skies in the aircraft. Reported by BBC World Service which quotes Zara Hussain aged 18, and Fernanda Wood aged 17.

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BBC

Letters: Mental health

 

Nick Forsyth, head of wellbeing at Kingston Grammar School, writes a letter to The Times about the work schools have done to support young people suffering from poor mental health which, he states, is often undone when students enter higher education. Letter halfway down the page.

The Times also includes an article focusing on a report by the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) which has shown thousands of young people are being turned away from mental health services, but are not being offered any other options.

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The Times

Letters: 'IGCSES are every bit as rigorous as England’s new GCSE'

 

Michael O’Sullivan, chief executive of Cambridge Assessment International Education, writes in The Times defending the difficulty of the IGCSE examinations.

Letter halfway down the page.

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The Times

Study predicts fewer top grades in new GCSEs

 

Research published by Cambridge Assessment has predicted that fewer than 200 pupils will achieve a sweep of the top grades, under the new GCSE grading system. By Camilla Turner, The Telegraph.

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The Telegraph

Scotland's independent schools warn proposed tax hike will harm state sector too

 

John Edward, director of the Scottish Council of Independent Schools (SCIS), has said that the proposed tax hike faced by Scottish independent schools will also damage those in the state sector. By Henry Hepburn, Tes.

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Tes

'Music should be at the heart of the curriculum'

 

Dr Bernard Trafford, interim headteacher of The Purcell School, writes in Tes about the importance of teaching music to young people.

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Tes

'Teaching should not be stifled by exams and accountability'

 

Kevin Stannard, director of innovation and learning at the Girls' Day School Trust (GDST), discusses why teaching should not be smothered by preparation for exams. Tes.

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Tes

The benefits of a CIFE education for international students

 

Lord Lexden, president of the Council for Independent Education (CIFE), writes for IE Today discussing how international students benefit from a CIFE education. References Bosworth Independent College and Collingham Independent College.

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IE Today

 

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