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Daily News Summary
6 September 2018

image The school in Croydon which has produced three Chelsea footballers
image A third of pupils misallocated to maths sets
image Schools urged to remove Bunsen burner gauze mats
image Number of infants taught in classes of over 30 pupils has doubled since 2011
image Schools must 'act appropriately' when expressing political views
image Academic achievement linked to living in areas with more parkland
image New teachers found to be 'survey fatigued', according to report findings

The school in Croydon which has produced three Chelsea footballers

 

The Guardian reports on the success of Whitgift School in Croydon, which has produced three Chelsea footballers over the years. Quotes Alistair Osborne, Whitgift’s director of sport. By Ed Aarons.

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The Guardian

A third of pupils misallocated to maths sets

 

Findings by a team of academics from the UCL Institute of Education and Queen's University Belfast show nearly a third of pupils are misallocated to higher or lower maths sets. By Martin George, Tes.

Continuing this story, there are reports that the new research has raised questions as to the effectiveness of putting children in classes based on ability and that black pupils are two-and-a-half times more likely than white pupils to be misallocated to a lower maths set.

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Tes

Schools urged to remove bunsen burner gauze mats

 

The Government has warned all UK secondary schools and colleges that pupils may have been exposed to asbestos from heatproof gauze mats, used with Bunsen burners as far back as 1976. By Harry Cockburn, The Independent.

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The Independent

Number of infants taught in classes of over 30 pupils has doubled since 2011

 

According to analysis by the Labour Party, the number of infants being taught in class sizes of over 30 pupils has almost doubled since 2011. By Richard Vaughan, iNews.

Schools Week also reports on this story following comments from the shadow education secretary, Angela Rayner MP, that the proportion of pupils in classes of more than 30 remains “unsustainable”.

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iNews

Schools must 'act appropriately' when expressing political views

 

The Department for Education has warned school staff to “act appropriately” when expressing political views. By Freddie Whittaker, Schools Week.

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Schools Week

Academic achievement linked to living in areas with more parkland

 

Research has shown children living near green space and parkland have better spatial working memory - a trait strongly linked to academic performance. By Tom Whipple, The Times.

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The Times

New teachers found to be 'survey fatigued', according to report findings

 

A report by Ipsos Mori for the Department for Education (DfE) found new teachers are ‘survey fatigued’ after receiving a a flood of documents before and after their training. By Jess Staufenberg, Schools Week.

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Schools Week

 

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