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Daily News Summary
31 October 2018

image 'British sixth-formers are more mature and intelligent than American peers'
image French horn becomes "endangered" as the ukulele takes over in popularity
image Social mobility - what part do schools play?
image A London university will stop giving out unconditional offers
image Awareness initiative for the homeless will see more than 4,000 young people 'sleeping out'

'British sixth-formers are more mature and intelligent than American peers'

 

Eric Furda, dean of admissions at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, has said British sixth-formers have a level of maturity which puts them "a couple of years ahead of the American student”. By Nicola Woolcock, The Times. The article references North London Collegiate School which has seen seven of its former pupils taking up places at American universities this autumn.

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The Times

French horn becomes "endangered" as the ukulele takes over in popularity

 

The managing director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has said more needs to be done by the music education sector to promote orchestral instruments. By David Sanderson, The Times.

Does your school try to encourage children to play a wider range of instruments? Have you noticed a shift in the popularity of certain instruments played by pupils? If you would like to write a blog outlining any innovative music initiatives your school has, please email georgina.belcher@isc.co.uk.

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The Times

Social mobility - what part do schools play?

 

Following an international study on social mobility from the OECD economics think tank, BBC News questions whether schools are helping or hindering social mobility. By Sean Coughlan.

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BBC

A London university will stop giving out unconditional offers

 

Following criticism about the number of unconditional offers being awarded to students, St Mary's University, Twickenham, has announced it will no longer be making such offers to "ensure it maintains its entry standards". BBC News.

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BBC

Awareness initiative for the homeless will see more than 4,000 young people 'sleeping out'

 

The Wee Sleep Out, an initiative to raise awareness of homelessness, will take place across Scotland next month and is expected to see more than 4,000 young people taking part. By Emma Seith, Tes.

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Tes

 

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