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Daily News Summary
26 February 2019

image Debate continues over relationships and sex education lessons
image Is it appropriate for children to take time off school to protest?
image Figures show fall in number of UK undergraduates at Oxbridge
image Ofqual consults on tougher enforcement of rules at exam centres
image Exam board issues GCSE science advice
image Are grammar schools providing enough places for disadvantaged children?
image Judicial review considered for new law on pupil restraint in schools
image League table reveals 'hardest and easiest' children's books

Debate continues over relationships and sex education lessons

 

There has been ongoing debate following the Government’s proposals on relationships and sex education in schools. During a discussion in the House of Lords yesterday, Lord Lexden, president of the Independent Schools Association, noted 'the wide support that independent schools have given to the proposals'.

The Independent reports that the Government has confirmed children aged 15 and over will be able to opt into sex education lessons regardless of their parents' wishes. By Eleanor Busby.

According to The Telegraph, campaigners have labelled the proposals a "state takeover" of relationships and sex education. By Charles Hymas. The paper also features two commentaries on the topic. Maria Lally welcomes the updated sex education statutory guidelines, while Joanna Williams suggests the guidance could 'trigger a host of problems'.

Writing in The Times, Melanie Phillips warns of the impact the new curriculum could have once it is rolled out in September next year.

Is it appropriate for children to take time off school to protest?

 

The Guardian has invited teachers and students to share their views on whether children should be allowed to take time off school to protest about issues they feel passionate about. By Donna Ferguson. The article quotes Toby Spence, head of Sibford School.

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The Guardian

Figures show fall in number of UK undergraduates at Oxbridge

 

Figures published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency have revealed the number of UK undergraduate students at Oxford and Cambridge universities has fallen, while the number of overseas undergraduate students has risen. By Sean Coughlan, BBC News.

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BBC

Ofqual consults on tougher enforcement of rules at exam centres

 

A consultation is being launched by Ofqual over the way in which awarding organisations manage exam and assessment centres. By George Ryan, Tes.

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Tes

Exam board issues GCSE science advice

 

Exam board AQA has offered tips to help ensure GCSE science students are prepared for this year's exams. By Julian Clarke, Tes.

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Tes

Are grammar schools providing enough places for disadvantaged children?

 

The Guardian reports on the number of places grammar schools are providing for disadvantaged children. By Fran Abrams.

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The Guardian

Judicial review considered for new law on pupil restraint in schools

 

Lawyers acting for families of children with learning disabilities say consideration is being given to launching a judicial review for a new law on pupil restraint. By Freddie Whittaker, Schools Week.

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Schools Week

League table reveals 'hardest and easiest' children's books

 

Renaissance UK has produced a league table showing the 'easiest' and 'most difficult' books for children. By Dave Speck, Tes.

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Tes

 

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