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Daily News Summary
30 August 2019

image Concerns over proposals to 'take control' of independent school property
image Almost half of UK parents 'want mobile phones banned in schools'
image 'The real divide is between good schools and poor schools'
image Equalities watchdog outlines proposals to admit trans boys into girls' schools
image MAT teacher training outperforms university courses, statistics show
image Figures show student support for Labour has halved in 18 months
image Afternoon school breaks 'could make children fitter without hindering exam performance'

Concerns over proposals to 'take control' of independent school property

 

Leaders within the independent sector have voiced concerns about proposals outlined by the Labour Against Private Schools campaign to 'redistribute' all private school assets. By Dave Speck, Tes. Julie Robinson, chief executive of the Independent Schools Council, is quoted.

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Tes

Almost half of UK parents 'want mobile phones banned in schools'

 

A survey conducted by uSwitch, a price comparison site, has found 49 per cent of UK parents believe their child's school should ban mobile phones. BBC News.

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BBC

'The real divide is between good schools and poor schools'

 

Writing in The Conservative Woman, Chris McGovern argues "the real divide is not between state schools and private schools but between good schools and poor schools".

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The Conservative Woman

Equalities watchdog outlines proposals to admit trans boys into girls' schools

 

An Equality and Human Rights Commission draft leaked to The Telegraph sets out the first official national guidelines on transgender children, proposing that single-sex schools admit transgender pupils on a "case-by-case approach". By Ewan Somerville and Gabriella Swerling, The Telegraph.

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The Telegraph

MAT teacher training outperforms university courses, statistics show

 

New figures released by Ofsted show school centred initial teacher training in multi academy trusts (MATs) has performed better in inspections than training provided in other schools and universities, with 47 per cent rated outstanding. By John Roberts, Tes.

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Tes

Figures show student support for Labour has halved in 18 months

 

Results from a survey commissioned by Times Higher Education magazine show 38 per cent of students support the Labour Party, compared to 70 per cent in February last year. By Nicola Woolcock, The Times.

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The Times

Afternoon school breaks 'could make children fitter without hindering exam performance'

 

Research conducted by Swansea University indicates children who have an additional afternoon break at school are physically fitter and can perform just as well academically. By Alexandra Thompson, Daily Mail.

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Daily Mail

 

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