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Daily News Summary
11 February 2019

image The need-to-knows on teachers' pensions
image Book review: 'Attacks on the so-called "engines of privilege" won’t improve education in post-Brexit Britain'
image MP calls for GCSEs to be replaced by baccalaureate-style qualification
image Low-cost private school struggles to fill places
image Can the design of a building impact children's learning?
image 'Why single-sex schools are necessary'
image The decline in English at A-level and university
image No change in pupils' maths performance following Chinese-style lessons

The need-to-knows on teachers' pensions

 

Tes details how the increase in employer pension contributions will impact schools across the education system. By Dave Speck. The article quotes Julian Thomas, master of Wellington College.

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Tes

Book review: 'Attacks on the so-called "engines of privilege" won’t improve education in post-Brexit Britain'

 

Patrick Derham OBE, headmaster of Westminster School, reviews 'Engines of Privilege: Britain’s Private School Problem', by social historian David Kynaston and economist Francis Green. Tes.

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Tes

MP calls for GCSEs to be replaced by baccalaureate-style qualification

 

Robert Halfon, chairman of the Commons education committee, has said the current GCSE qualifications are 'failing to develop' the skills pupils require in an increasingly digital age. By Rosemary Bennett, The Times.

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The Times

Low-cost private school struggles to fill places

 

The Times reports that The Independent Grammar School Durham, which charges £52 per week, has struggled to enrol pupils. By Nicola Woolcock.

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The Times

Can the design of a building impact children's learning?

 

Antonia Berry, depute rector at St Columba’s School in Kilmacolm, discusses how a building's design can have a positive outcome on pupils' learning. Tes.

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Tes

'Why single-sex schools are necessary'

 

Gordon Cairns, an English teacher in Scotland, writes that single-sex schools can suffer from outdated perceptions but, in fact, have many benefits. Tes.

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Tes

The decline in English at A-level and university

 

Figures show fewer pupils are studying English at A-level and university. The Guardian examines why this might be. By Susanna Rustin.

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The Guardian

No change in pupils' maths performance following Chinese-style lessons

 

A scheme that aimed to improve pupils' maths performance, by replicating the success of teaching in China, has had little effect according to the Department for Education. By Oliver Wright and Nicola Woolcock, The Times.

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The Times

 

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