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Daily News Summary
9 December 2019

image Findings show parents spend £1.7 billion a year on private tutors
image "Independent schools are vehicles of social mobility"
image 'How I plan to pay for my child's education'
image Figures suggest one in five schools in England require urgent repair work
image Analysis reveals impact of free school closures
image Investigation launched into alleged fraud at the Scottish Qualifications Authority
image 'More children in the UK are discovering the joy of maths'
image Oxford University interviews to feature questions on JK Rowling

Findings show parents spend £1.7 billion a year on private tutors

 

Figures from online platform Tutor House have revealed parents are spending £1.7 billion a year on home tutors, amid calls for the Government to provide tuition vouchers for disadvantaged families. By Natalie Chalk, Mail on Sunday.

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Mail on Sunday

"Independent schools are vehicles of social mobility"

 

Mark Steed, principal and chief executive of Kellett School - The British International School in Hong Kong, writes in Tes arguing Oxbridge entries should not be viewed solely on the basis of the applicant's school background. He adds 'independent schools give talented young people opportunities, regardless of their background'. The article references schools in membership of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference.

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Tes

'How I plan to pay for my child's education'

 

The Times features an article outlining how a fee-paying parent has adjusted their finances to cover the costs of their daughter's school fees. By Katie Binns. The article mentions Bolton School Girls' Division.

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The Times

Figures suggest one in five UK schools require urgent repair work

 

Government figures obtained by The Guardian show almost 4,000 schools in England have "elements" in need of immediate replacement or repair. By Frances Perraudin.

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The Guardian

Analysis reveals impact of free school closures

 

Analysis by The Sunday Times has found 27 free schools have closed since 2014, displacing more than 1,000 pupils. By Tom Calver and Sian Griffiths.

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The Sunday Times

Investigation launched into alleged fraud at the Scottish Qualifications Authority

 

A police investigation has been launched following allegations of internal financial fraud at the Scottish Qualification Authority's Glasgow office. By Andrew Picken, BBC News.

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BBC

'More children in the UK are discovering the joy of maths'

 

Hannah Fry, a mathematician, writes in The Sunday Times celebrating the growing popularity of maths in the UK, linking the trend to national improvements in the subject.

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The Sunday Times

Oxford University interviews to feature questions on JK Rowling

 

Oxford University interviews will now feature questions on JK Rowling, after an academic expressed concern that existing questions penalised students unfamiliar with Shakespeare. By Nicola Woolcock, The Times.

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The Times

 

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