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Daily News Summary
9 July 2019

image Labour activists propose motion against independent schools
image Edexcel adds more ethnically diverse texts to curriculum following criticism
image Teach First recruits record number of graduates
image Fall in proportion of disadvantaged children in grammar schools, figures suggest
image Boys to be offered HPV vaccine for the first time
image MPs call for more support for LGBT teaching
image DfE to announce new category of higher technical qualifications
image Childhoods in the UK are 'getting worse'

Labour activists propose motion against independent schools

 

Labour activists have called on their Party to include a commitment in its next general election manifesto to integrate all private schools into the state sector. By Richard Adams, The Guardian. The article acknowledges the impracticalities of the proposal, which "would face significant legal obstacles". Mike Buchanan, executive director of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference, is quoted.

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The Guardian

Edexcel adds more ethnically diverse texts to curriculum following criticism

 

In response to complaints that there are too many "dead white men" in the GCSE English syllabus, the exam board announced that from September, schools will be able to choose from a broader range of texts, including those written by authors from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds. By Camilla Turner, The Telegraph.

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The Telegraph

Teach First recruits record number of graduates

 

The education charity Teach First has recruited a record number of trainee teachers this year, with the number of applicants accepted onto the scheme up by 38 per cent since last year. By Rosemary Bennett, The Times.

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The Times

Fall in proportion of disadvantaged children in grammar schools, figures suggest

 

According to freedom of information data, just over seven per cent of places at grammar schools receiving expansion funding were offered to pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. By Eleanor Busby, The Independent.

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The Independent

Boys to be offered HPV vaccine for the first time

 

The Government has announced the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine, previously only administered to girls to prevent cervical cancer, will be given to boys aged 12 and 13 in school to protect against other diseases. By Adam Forrest, The Independent.

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The Independent

MPs call for more support for LGBT teaching

 

In a letter to the education secretary, Damian Hinds, more than fifty MPs urged the Government to make primary schools aware that they have an "obligation to teach about same-sex relationships". BBC News.

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BBC

DfE to announce new category of higher technical qualifications

 

The Department for Education (DfE) has created a new category of higher technical qualifications in an effort to improve the status and awareness of such courses. By Richard Adams, The Guardian.

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The Guardian

Childhoods in the UK are 'getting worse'

 

A survey, conducted by charity Action for Children, identified a shared perception that modern childhoods are getting worse, with young people facing "unprecedented social pressures". By Patrick Butler, The Guardian.

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The Guardian

 

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