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Daily News Summary
14 June 2018

image Eton head says digital device limits can reduce pressure on pupils
image 'Now is the time to address girls’ confidence gap'
image Letters: The independent school stereotype and boarding places for disadvantaged children
image 'Distraction of World Cup could affect GCSE performance'
image 'Universities have told pupils to quit A-levels and take up foundation degrees'
image Immigration control changes could see UK welcoming more teachers and other skilled workers
image Dragons’ Den star says new GCSEs are too focussed on academic achievement
image Taxpayers’ Alliance questions complaints over teacher pay

Eton head says digital device limits can reduce pressure on pupils

 

Simon Henderson, head of Eton College, has told an audience at a Girls' Day School Trust conference that his Year 9 students are required to hand in their devices at night-time - and that other schools and parents should not be afraid to introduce similar rules. By Katherine Sellgren, BBC News. Also reported by The Times and The Guardian.

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BBC

'Now is the time to address girls’ confidence gap'

 

Cheryl Giovannoni, chief executive of the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST), writes for Tes about the need to tackle girls’ ‘confidence gap’ so they can fulfil their potential.

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Tes

Letters: The independent school stereotype and boarding places for disadvantaged children

 

Paul Taylor, headmaster at Framlingham College, has written to The Telegraph, urging the media to avoid using stereotypical and outdated images of independent schools when reporting on the sector. An independent school governor and a former bursar have also written letters to the editor in support of recent press coverage about the benefits of placing children in social care at boarding schools. The letters can be read halfway down the page.

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The Telegraph

'Distraction of World Cup could affect GCSE performance'

 

Tes reports on research which shows that GCSE grades dip when the World Cup or the Euros are on. By Helen Ward.

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Tes

'Universities have told pupils to quit A-levels and take up foundation degrees'

 

The chief executive of the Sixth-Form Colleges Association, Bill Watkin, has criticised universities for their recruitment tactics and expressed concern over the rise in unconditional offers. By Alix Robertson, Schools Week.

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Schools Week

Immigration control changes could see UK welcoming more teachers and other skilled workers

 

Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary, is expected to announce an easing of Britain's immigration system, which could give teachers and other skilled migrants the right to come to the UK under tier 2 visas. By Steven Swinford, The Telegraph.

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The Telegraph

Dragons’ Den star says new GCSEs are too focussed on academic achievement

 

Peter Jones, star of Dragons’ Den, has written in The Times, claiming the new GCSEs will not adequately prepare young people for the workplace.

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The Times

Taxpayers’ Alliance questions complaints over teacher pay

 

The Taxpayers’ Alliance has published a report which questions claims made by teachers' unions about poor pay and salary cuts. By Nicola Woolcock, The Times.

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The Times

 

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