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Daily News Summary
15 July 2019

image Sky News debate on abolishing independent schools
image Letters: Mental health training for teachers and dropping the EBacc
image 'Independent schools have a role to play in improving social mobility'
image Critic of 'privatised education' sends child to independent school
image New government initiatives to improve physical and mental wellbeing of young people
image Government announces new lessons on fake news and confirmation bias
image 'A guide to hosting teenage parties'

Sky News debate on abolishing independent schools

 

Sky News' All Out Politics programme featured a segment this morning on proposals by Labour activists to abolish independent schools. Taking part in the debate, Sue Hincks, president of the Girls' Schools Association and head of Bolton School Girls' Division, highlighted the ways bursaries and state school partnerships can aid social mobility. The discussion can be viewed via the Sky News live stream here. The segment aired at approximately 10:30am - the stream updates continuously so, for example, if you are clicking this link at 3pm, you will need to rewind four and a half hours in the timeline.

Letters: Mental health training for teachers and dropping the EBacc

 

In a letter to The Telegraph, Neil Roskilly, chief executive officer of the Independent Schools Association, welcomes a new initiative to train teachers in identifying mental health issues, but warns this could lead to longer waiting times for mental health services. The letter can be found at the bottom of the page.

Writing to The Times, Mr Roskilly contributes to the debate surrounding the EBacc. He argues that while Stem subjects are vital to the economy, creative subjects should not be neglected.

'Independent schools have a role to play in improving social mobility'

 

Richard Russell, the head of Colfe's School, has said that independent schools can do more to help pupils "in genuinely disadvantaged circumstances", suggesting that 200 selective schools could reserve 10 per cent of their sixth form places for those on bursaries. By Nicola Woolcock, The Times.

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The Times

Critic of 'privatised education' sends child to independent school

 

It has emerged that Labour councillor Nick Childs, who has expressed criticism of the 'privatisation of education', currently sends his daughter to an independent school in East Sussex. By Simon Osborne, Daily Express.

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Daily Express

New government initiatives to improve physical and mental wellbeing of young people

 

The Government published new proposals over the weekend in an effort to promote physical activity among young people. These include running school sports clubs over the summer holidays, and introducing "Netflix-style" workout videos for "less-active" schoolgirls. By Gabriella Swerling, The Telegraph.

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The Telegraph

Government announces new lessons on fake news and confirmation bias

 

As part of new safety guidelines published by the Government, schools will be required to educate pupils about confirmation bias and online risks. By Harry Cockburn, The Independent.

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The Independent

'A guide to hosting teenage parties'

 

Writing in The Telegraph, Helen Pike, master of Magdalen College School, offers advice to parents hosting parties for their teenage children.

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The Telegraph

 

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