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Daily News Summary
1 February 2019

image School Inspection Service has closed down
image Brexit: Food shortages and European teacher qualification issues
image SCITTs will not be squeezed out, insists education secretary
image Cognita schools receive investment from major Wall Street banker
image Investigation into how tech can be used to cheat the exams system
image Education secretary signals a 2% cap for teachers' pay
image 'Children will soon bear the brunt of the teacher recruitment crisis'

School Inspection Service has closed down

 

The School Inspection Service, which was responsible for monitoring the largely privately run Steiner schools and some religious schools, has closed down following concerns raised by Ofsted about its approach to safeguarding. By Caroline Henshaw, Tes.

This is a revised version of the Daily News Summary sent out at 11:10am. The School Inspection Service has taken the decision to cease operating, it was not closed by Ofsted as stated in the previous version.

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Tes

Brexit: Food shortages and European teacher qualification issues

 

The Government has told schools to be "flexible" with the dinners they serve children, amid concerns of food shortages caused by Brexit. By Lisa O'Carroll, Jessica Elgot and Denis Campbell, The Guardian.

In the event of a no-deal Brexit, Tes reports there would be an end to the automatic recognition of European teaching qualifications. By Caroline Henshaw.

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The Guardian

SCITTs will not be squeezed out, insists education secretary

 

Following the Government's announcement that it will review initial teacher training, Damian Hinds MP has insisted smaller school-centred initial teacher training (SCITT) programmes, will not be slimmed down. By Freddie Whittaker, Schools Week.

Tes reports on a drop in the number of applications for primary teacher training. By Helen Ward.

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Schools Week

Cognita schools receive investment from major Wall Street banker

 

A Wall Street banker has acquired a 20% stake in the private schools group, Cognita. By Javier Espinoza, Financial Times.

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Financial Times

Investigation into how tech can be used to cheat the exams system

 

A commission launched to look into exam malpractice has said it will try to "future proof" the system against technological change. By Will Hazell, Tes.

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Tes

Education secretary signals a 2% cap for teachers' pay

 

In evidence to the independent School Teachers' Review Body, Damian Hinds MP signalled teachers' pay should be capped at 2% next year. By Hannah Richardson, BBC News.

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BBC

'Children will soon bear the brunt of the teacher recruitment crisis'

 

Layla Moran MP, Liberal Democrat MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, argues the Government must "take action" to solve the teacher recruitment and retention crisis. The Times.

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The Times

 

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