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Daily News Summary
17 July 2019

image Warning over economic impact of closing independent schools
image Labour MP: Schools 'pressured' into dropping LGBT relationship lessons
image Heads and teachers disagree on workload, survey suggests
image Research reveals rise in price of summer holiday childcare
image Education expert panel created to design new national professional qualifications
image MP expresses concern over decline of village primaries
image Netflix cuts controversial scene following reported rise in suicides among young people

Warning over economic impact of closing independent schools

 

The Independent Schools Council (ISC) has written to Labour councillors and MPs outlining the cost to taxpayers should independent schools be abolished. This follows a campaign launched by Labour Against Private Schools to integrate fee-paying schools into the state system. The article quotes from letters written by Julie Robinson, chief executive of the ISC. By Nicola Woolcock, The Times.

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The Times

Labour MP: Schools 'pressured' into dropping LGBT relationship lessons

 

Referencing a Panorama programme on the issue, Labour MP Emma Hardy has claimed both the Department for Education and nationwide protesters are 'pressuring' schools into dropping new LGBT-inclusive relationship lessons. By James Hockaday, Metro.

Writing in The Telegraph, Richard Cairns, head of Brighton College, says new relationship lessons can help teach acceptance from a young age, ensuring "no child feels uncomfortable or inferior because of his or her parents' choices, circumstances or background". The letter can be found three quarters of the way down the page.

Heads and teachers disagree on workload, survey suggests

 

A survey conducted by the Department for Education revealed that despite 99.5 per cent of school leaders claiming to have reduced workloads, less than half of teachers report having more manageable workloads. By Pippa Allen-Kinross, Schools Week.

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Schools Week

Research reveals rise in price of summer holiday childcare

 

Findings from a survey conducted by the Coram Family and Childcare children's charity show that prices of holiday childcare in Britain have risen by 3% since last summer, despite provision remaining 'inadequate'. By Sally Weale, The Guardian.

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The Guardian

Education expert panel created to design new national professional qualifications

 

A group of education professionals has been created to help formulate five new national professional qualifications, in an effort to expand career opportunities for teachers. By Freddie Whittaker, Schools Week.

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Schools Week

MP expresses concern over decline of village primaries

 

Figures obtained by Neil O'Brien, Conservative MP for Harborough, show the number of small village primary schools has dropped, while supersize schools continue to grow. By Nicola Woolcock, The Times.

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The Times

Netflix cuts controversial scene following reported rise in suicides among young people

 

Netflix has edited out a controversial scene in the show '13 Reasons Why' depicting the main character taking her own life, following research suggesting suicides among young people in America rose by almost a third in the month the show was aired. By Matthew Moore, The Times.

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The Times

 

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