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Daily News Summary
15 April 2019

image Independent school decides "locking phones away is a mistake"
image Council gives backing to Boarding School Partnerships pilot
image Independent schools prepare for impact of changes to teachers’ pensions
image Concern raised over grade inflation at universities
image 'Young people need better arts education and greater access to classical music'
image New research questions the advantages of grammar schools
image 'Government needs to do more to raise awareness of T-levels'
image Union warns of special needs funding shortfalls

Independent school decides "locking phones away is a mistake"

 

Morrison’s Academy in Crieff has decided not to ban phones in class - choosing instead to focus on helping pupils "learn to navigate the risks and reap the benefits" of the devices. By John Jeffray, The Times. The article quotes the school’s digital strategy co-ordinator, Pamela Boal.

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The Times

Council gives backing to Boarding School Partnerships pilot

 

Warwickshire County Council has spoken of its support for the Boarding School Partnerships initiative, which helps vulnerable young people secure places at state and independent boarding schools. By Fionnula Hainey, Daily Mirror.

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Daily Mirror

Independent schools prepare for impact of changes to teachers’ pensions

 

The Sunday Times reports on the possibility of fee rises at independent schools due to the Government's planned changes to the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS). By James Coney. The article quotes Chris King, chief executive of the Independent Association of Prep Schools, and Neil Roskilly, chief executive of the Independent Schools Association.

The ISC's full statement following the Government consultation response over planned changes to the TPS can be read here.

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The Sunday Times

Concern raised over grade inflation at universities

 

Analysis by The Times has found that hundreds of students with the lowest A-level grades have gone on to be awarded first-class degrees - prompting concern over grade inflation. By Nicola Woolcock.

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The Times

'Young people need better arts education and greater access to classical music'

 

Lucy Noble, artistic and commercial director at the Royal Albert Hall, has said young people need greater access to music education and exposure to female composers and those from minority backgrounds. By Jamie Johnson, The Telegraph.

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The Telegraph

New research questions the advantages of grammar schools

 

Research from the University of York suggests grammar school pupils do not become healthier or wealthier later in life than other students but do have a higher likelihood of achieving A-levels and a university degree. By Zaina Alibhai, iNews.

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iNews

'Government needs to do more to raise awareness of T-levels'

 

Make UK, formerly known as the EEF manufacturing employers’ federation, has claimed the Government should do more to promote T-levels and address concerns over their implementation. By Robert Lea, The Times.

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The Times

Union warns of special needs funding shortfalls

 

The National Education Union has said funding shortfalls for special educational needs in schools are "causing untold misery and worry to thousands of families". By Hannah Richardson, BBC News.

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BBC

 

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