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Daily News Summary
1 July 2019

image Assistive technology helps student overcome dyslexia
image English teacher draws attention to Shakespeare's endangered birds
image Independent school pupils send meals to the homeless
image 'State schools need more funding'
image Letters: 'Independent schools follow transparent exclusion procedures'
image 'Universities can help address the issue of privilege'
image Boris Johnson pledges more school funding
image New research reveals gender breakdown of teaching assistant roles

Assistive technology helps student overcome dyslexia

 

A pupil at St David's College in Wales has benefited from a digital transformation project introduced to improve students' access to learning. Through using various online apps and programs, 14-year-old Ella Warren-Roberts has improved her overall academic performance. By Sue George, The Guardian.

Does your school use any innovative technologies to help students with their learning? If you would like to write a 400-800 word blog on the subject, please email emily.roberts@isc.co.uk

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The Guardian

English teacher draws attention to Shakespeare's endangered birds

 

Margaret Saunders, an English teacher at Kilgraston School in Scotland, has launched a school project to raise awareness of the now critically endangered birds featured in Shakespeare's works. By Mark McLaughlin, The Times.

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The Times

Independent school pupils send meals to the homeless

 

Schoolgirls at Roedean School in Brighton have started working with a charity called Off The Fence, sending out meals to approximately 50-60 homeless men once a week. By Sian Griffiths, The Sunday Times.

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The Sunday Times

'State schools need more funding'

 

Writing for Tes, former independent school headteacher Bernard Trafford discusses a request by the London Academy of Excellence's (LAE) for £3,000 in donations. He claims the Government is "eroding" the success of LAE, adding "I can't see any government increasing per-pupil funding by £3,000 in a hurry".

In a letter to The Sunday Times, Francis Green and David Kynaston, authors of 'Engines of Privilege: Britain's Private School Problem', state the LAE's appeals are "a striking indictment of the funding crisis facing state education". The article can be found halfway down the page.

Letters: 'Independent schools follow transparent exclusion procedures'

 

In a letter to The Sunday Times, Sarah McKimm, head of legal and policy at the Independent Schools Inspectorate, dispels suggestions that independent schools do not have a common policy for exclusions. She states: "While independent schools are free to design their own exclusion procedures, they are certainly required to have them and make them available to parents of pupils and prospective pupils." The article can be found halfway down the page.

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The Sunday Times

'Universities can help address the issue of privilege'

 

Sonia Sodha writes in The Guardian that widening access to top universities is needed to generate social change. She argues a more mixed-ability university system "would certainly help level the playing field". The article references the Independent Schools Council.

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The Guardian

Boris Johnson pledges more school funding

 

In an interview with Sky News, the Conservative leadership hopeful stated there is money available for education, adding if he becomes prime minister he intends to provide more support to special educational needs schools. By Helen Ward, Tes.

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Tes

New research reveals gender breakdown of teaching assistant roles

 

A new report by the Wales Governance Centre has shown that "women are 28 times more likely to be employed as a teaching assistant in the primary sector than men," as some suggest gender stereotypes are discouraging men from pursuing the profession. By Zara Morgan, BBC News.

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BBC

 

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