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Daily News Summary
2 January 2019

image New Year's Honours list 2019
image Inquiry into GCSE reforms demanded by Labour
image 'Our fixation on academic results and league tables is causing children to lose important character virtues'
image Online tutors help pupils in rural areas
image "All children should have a right to experience music"
image 2018 top education books

New Year's Honours list 2019

 

iNews details a list of those recognised in the New Year's Honours 2019. Among those listed is Valerie Ann Dunsford, former headteacher of Sheffield High School for Girls.

Read the full New Year's Honour's list.

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iNews

Inquiry into GCSE reforms demanded by Labour

 

The Labour Party has demanded an inquiry into GCSE reforms in England which "put state school pupils at a disadvantage" compared to those attending independent schools. By Haroon Siddique, The Guardian. The article quotes Julie Robinson, general secretary of the Independent Schools Council (ISC).

Read ISC's statement here.

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The Guardian

'Our fixation on academic results and league tables is causing children to lose important character virtues'

 

Dr Anthony Wallersteiner, headmaster of Stowe School, has said character virtues such as resilience and grit are being lost "in the scramble for schools to achieve ever higher metrics in public exams". By Sarah Knapton, The Telegraph.

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The Telegraph

Online tutors help pupils in rural areas

 

Poorer pupils from rural and coastal areas are connecting with online tutors to help improve their grades and confidence. By Nicola Woolcock, The Times.

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The Times

"All children should have a right to experience music"

 

Professor Julian Lloyd Webber, principal of Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, writes in The Times discussing why music education should be more accessible to pupils from less privileged backgrounds.

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The Times

2018 top education books

 

Tes editor, Ann Mroz, chooses her top 10 education books of 2018.

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Tes

 

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