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Daily News Summary
16 December 2019

image 'Has election result eased political pressure on independent schools?'
image Research finds 62 per cent of new MPs went to comprehensive schools
image A look back at independent education in 2019
image Study casts doubt on claim smaller classes equal better results
image Analysis reveals rise in warning notices issued to independent schools
image Head of St John's College suggests some pupils are warned off applying to Cambridge
image Third of primary school leavers miss 'three Rs' target
image Here's how schools can make their playgrounds edible

'Has election result eased political pressure on independent schools?'

 

Ed Dorrell writes in Tes about whether independent schools should "breathe a sigh of relief" following the Labour Party's defeat in last week's general election.

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Tes

Research finds 62 per cent of new MPs went to comprehensive schools

 

The Sutton Trust, which promotes social mobility, has looked into the education background of MPs, finding that 54 per cent went to comprehensives and 29 per cent went to private schools. By Chris Smyth, The Times.

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The Times

A look back at independent education in 2019

 

Independent Education Today speaks to five experts from the independent schools sector for a review of 2019. By James Higgins.

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IE Today

Study casts doubt on claim smaller classes equal better results

 

Research based on data from the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (Timms) has found smaller class sizes do not reliably result in better student outcomes. By Claudia Civinini, Tes.

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Tes

Analysis reveals rise in warning notices issued to independent schools

 

Schools Week reports there has been an increase in the number of warning notices issued to underperforming independent schools. By Pippa Allen-Kinross. The article quotes Neil Roskilly, chief executive of the Independent Schools Association.

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Schools Week

Head of St John's College suggests some pupils are warned off applying to Cambridge

 

Heather Hancock, the first female master of St John's College, has suggested some teachers might discourage pupils from applying to Oxbridge so as not to set them up for failure. By Camilla Turner, The Telegraph.

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The Telegraph

Third of primary school leavers miss 'three Rs' target

 

Sats data published by the Department for Education has revealed more than 200,000 11-year-olds failed to meet the expected standard in reading, writing and maths before they left primary school this year. By Nicola Woolcock, The Times.

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The Times

Here's how schools can make their playgrounds edible

 

The Observer looks at the work being carried out by the charity Trees for Cities, which helps schools in deprived areas create inspiring green spaces. By Aamna Mohdin.

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The Observer

 

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