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Daily News Summary
23 April 2019

image 'Developing independent and thoughtful young adults is a key part of independent education'
image Schools concerned about teen vaping risk
image One in seven pupils admits using drugs to sit GCSEs
image Charities helping schools to fund the gap in science
image 'Revision should have started in the Easter holidays’
image Teachers subjected to ‘aggressive’ emailing from parents, research finds
image SATs: why the exams should stay
image More than half of schools are not GDPR compliant, survey suggests

'Developing independent and thoughtful young adults is a key part of independent education'

 

Briony Scott, principal of a girls’ school in Sydney and a director of the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia, says independent schools are key to fostering independent thinking and must "seize the opportunity to recreate education in its original, Platonic simplicity". Tes.

The essay can be found in The State of Independence: Key Challenges Facing Private Schools Today, which is edited by Jane Lunnon and David James.

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Tes

Schools concerned about teen vaping risk

 

Schools are concerned about the rise in teenage vaping, following an announcement that the world’s leading vaping brand is planning a UK expansion. By Jon Ungoed-Thomas and Sian Griffiths, The Sunday Times. The article quotes Shaun Fenton, chairman of the Headmasters and Headmistresses’ Conference.

The Telegraph reports health officials are being accused of "turning a blind eye" to the risks of teenage vaping. By Henry Bodkin.

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The Sunday Times

One in seven pupils admits using drugs to sit GCSEs

 

Research by YouGov has found one in seven teenagers have taken drugs to boost their performance in their GCSE exams. By Charles Hymas and Mike Wright, The Telegraph.

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The Telegraph

Charities helping schools to fund the gap in science

 

Charities are helping schools with limited budgets to plug the gap in science facilities by replacing worn out laboratory equipment. By Nicola Woolcock, The Times.

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The Times

'Revision should have started in the Easter holidays’

 

According to Barnaby Lenon, a former independent school head, boys should have started their A-level exam revision during the Easter holidays or they risk losing a university place to more "diligent" girls. By Eleanor Harding, Daily Mail.

Watch the ISC chairman discuss his top two revision tips to help students prepare for their exams.

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Daily Mail

Teachers subjected to ‘aggressive’ emailing from parents, research finds

 

Research by the NASUWT teaching union has found many teachers are receiving constant emails from “aggressive” parents, at all hours of the day and night. By Joanna Whitehead, iNews.

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iNews

SATs: why the exams should stay

 

Damian Hinds MP, education secretary, writes a comment piece in The Telegraph outlining why scrapping SATs exams would put children's progress and futures at risk.

The Times includes a letter from a number of education experts who argue that scrapping SATs "without any idea of a replacement could lead to lower standards and greater inequality". Letter just below halfway.

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The Telegraph

More than half of schools are not GDPR compliant, survey suggests

 

A snap survey of 156 schools and colleges across Britain has found half of those surveyed are 'not fully compliant' with general data protection regulations (GDPR). By Martin George, Tes.

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Tes

 

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