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Daily News Summary
3 July 2019

image Brexit 'discouraging pupils from studying modern foreign languages'
image Head of Ampleforth College to stand down
image 'Scotland's independent schools do not maintain division in society'
image Calls for lessons on migration and empire in schools
image Black boys failed by liberal teachers, according to education expert
image Dogs can reduce stress among students, research shows

Brexit 'discouraging pupils from studying modern foreign languages'

 

One in four teachers surveyed by the British Council said they believe the aftermath of Brexit has resulted in fewer pupils studying any foreign languages. Respondents also cited the difficulty of new GCSE and A-level exams as another discouraging factor. By Richard Adams, The Guardian.

The publication of the British Council's annual Language Trend Survey has prompted claims that language exam results are skewed by bilingual pupils. By Rosemary Bennett, The Times.

What does your school do to encourage more pupils to study modern foreign languages? Has your school launched any initiatives to improve access to language learning as part of a state school partnership? If you would like to write a 400-800 word blog on your project, please email emily.roberts@isc.co.uk

Head of Ampleforth College to stand down

 

The acting head, Deirdre Rowe, is due to hand over to an interim head this summer. An Independent Schools Inspectorate report from May 2019 found the school had not implemented its safeguarding policy effectively. By Rosemary Bennett, The Times.

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The Times

'Scotland's independent schools do not maintain division in society'

 

John Edward, director of the Scottish Council of Independent Schools, writes in The Herald responding to an article claiming independent schools are complicit in the "gerrymandering of influence". He argues much of the data cited does not reflect the Scottish education system, adding: "Weaponising children's education is a cheap shot and no way to take a country forward."

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Herald

Calls for lessons on migration and empire in schools

 

In a report written with the Tide migration and mobility project at the University of Liverpool, race equality think tank Runneymede Trust concluded lessons on empire should be mandatory in England's secondary schools. By Sally Weale, The Guardian.

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The Guardian

Black boys failed by liberal teachers, according to education expert

 

Drawing on last year's figures from the Government's Race Disparity Audit, Dr Tony Sewell, chief executive of the charity Generating Genius, stated liberal teaching methods are to blame for a higher rate of exclusions among black Caribbean pupils. By Camilla Turner, The Telegraph.

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The Telegraph

Dogs can reduce stress among students, research shows

 

According to a new study conducted at Washington State University, dogs can help stressed students concentrate, learn and remember information, with participants claiming to "feel calmer and more socially supported". By Sean Coughlan, BBC News.

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BBC

 

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