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Daily News Summary
3 September 2018

image Independent schools' Year 11 exam results
image Tutoring companies seen to exaggerate and 'prey on parents' fears'
image 'Teachers are increasingly relied upon and should be properly valued'
image 'Arts education is worth fighting for'
image Schools accused of breaking Kent Test rules with in-school coaching
image 'There are too many "experts" blagging their way through education'
image Parents believe bullying in schools is failing to be tackled, poll reveals

Independent schools' Year 11 exam results

 

The Independent Schools Council published schools' GCSE results this weekend which has revealed nearly two thirds of entries achieved A / 7 or higher, three times the national average. Read the full press release and find further exam results data here.

The Telegraph includes a league table for GCSE results and quotes Barnaby Lenon, chairman of ISC.

Tes and Daily Mail report one in five GCSE entries from independent school pupils scored the highest grade this summer. Articles quote Barnaby Lenon and Ed Elliot, headteacher of The Perse School.

The Telegraph reports the reformed GCSE grading system has helped close the gap between state and independent schools. Article quotes Kevin Stannard, director of innovation and learning at the Girls’ Day School Trust.

Letters to The Sunday Times: Julie Robinson, general secretary of the Independent Schools Council, writes to The Times discussing the various qualifications accepted by British universities. Millan Sachania, headmaster of Streatham & Clapham High School, discusses the IGCSE/GCSE debate. Letters half-way down page.

Tutoring companies seen to exaggerate and 'prey on parents' fears'

 

Private tutoring companies have been accused of making exaggerated claims in order to drum up business over the summer holiday. By Victoria Ward, The Telegraph. Quotes Vicky Bingham, headteacher at South Hampstead High School.

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The Telegraph

'Teachers are increasingly relied upon and should be properly valued'

 

Kevin Stannard, director of innovation and learning at the Girls' Day School Trust, argues that teachers are expected to deal with many societal problems and should be regarded more highly. Tes.

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Tes

'Arts education is worth fighting for'

 

Rosie Millard OBE, chief executive of Children and the Arts, writes in The Sunday Times discussing the decline in arts education and creativity within state schools.

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The Sunday Times

Schools accused of breaking Kent Test rules with in-school coaching

 

A BBC investigation has found some independent schools in the Kent area are breaking the rules by in-school coaching, which is banned by the council. By James Dunn, BBC News. Quotes Angela Culley from the Independent Schools Association.

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BBC

'There are too many "experts" blagging their way through education'

 

Joe Nutt, an educational consultant and author, writes in Tes warning against 'experts' who feign their way through education.

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Tes

Parents believe bullying in schools is failing to be tackled, poll reveals

 

A survey conducted by The Diana Award has revealed seven in 10 parents believe headteachers are failing to do enough to tackle bullying in schools. By Freddie Whittaker, Schools Week.

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Schools Week

 

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