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Daily News Summary
17 September 2018

image 'Initiation ceremonies should be stamped out at boarding schools and universities'
image Schools warned to look out for laundered money
image Record number of British private schools opening overseas
image 'Inclusive classrooms are essential to meet the requirements of looked after children'
image Squeeze in funding for sixth forms and colleges
image 'Children should be volunteering,' says Baroness Brady
image Government fund will enable teachers across the globe to share ideas over WhatsApp
image Computer science GCSE qualification under review

'Initiation ceremonies should be stamped out at boarding schools and universities'

 

Barnaby Lenon, chairman of the Independent Schools Council, has said initiation ceremonies at schools and universities create problems and should be stamped out. By Greg Hurst, The Times. Article also quotes Robin Fletcher, chief executive of the Boarding Schools’ Association.

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The Times

Schools warned to look out for laundered money

 

The UK's National Crime Agency has warned independent schools to be vigilant for parents using laundered money to pay for school fees. By Harry Wilson and John Simpson, The Times. References the Independent Schools Council.

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The Times

Record number of British private schools opening overseas

 

The Sunday Times reports on findings from an education consultancy, ISC Research, which show a rise in the number of British private schools opening overseas. By Sian Griffiths. References Merchiston Castle School in Edinburgh.

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The Sunday Times

'Inclusive classrooms are essential to meet the requirements of looked after children'

 

Writing for Tes, Dr Tony Breslin argues the relationship between inclusion and attainment must be rebalanced in order to meet the requirements of adopted and looked after children. Dr Tony Breslin is a member of the Adoption UK Board of Trustees, a teacher, school governor and former GCSE chief examiner and local authority education adviser.

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Tes

Squeeze in funding for sixth forms and colleges

 

A report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has revealed a severe squeeze in funding for students in school sixth forms and colleges. By Sally Weale, The Guardian.

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The Guardian

'Children should be volunteering,' says Baroness Brady

 

Baroness Brady of Knightsbridge, a judge on BBC1’s The Apprentice, has said children should be volunteering, working and playing sport, in order to force them out of their 'social media bubble'. By Sian Griffiths, The Sunday Times.

In response, members of the National Citizen Service (NCS) National Youth Board, have written a letter to The Times saying they should be known as “generation citizen” not “generation snowflake”. Letter halfway down.

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The Sunday Times

Government fund will enable teachers across the globe to share ideas over WhatsApp

 

Teachers will be connected from across the world through new government funding, which will be used to enable “classroom-to-classroom” activities to be run over WhatsApp. By Alix Robertson, Schools Week.

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Schools Week

Computer science GCSE qualification under review

 

A review of the computer science GCSE qualification has been launched, after take-up of the subject stagnated - especially among girls. By Jess Staufenberg, Schools Week.

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Schools Week

 

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