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Daily News Summary
3 June 2019

image Genetics has already determined how well children will do academically, says leading professor
image 'Improvement of state primary schools puts prep schools at risk'
image A-level music qualifications fall by 35 per cent over past five years
image Education becomes key campaigning issue
image Teenagers should spend summer holiday volunteering, says education secretary
image 'GCSEs: A form of child abuse'
image A dose of T'ai Chi for exam-stressed primary pupils
image 'What could the Lib Dems do for education?'

Genetics has already determined how well children will do academically, says leading professor

 

Robert Plomin, a professor of behavioural genetics at King’s College London, has said a pupil's academic success is pre-determined by their genes and therefore 'prestigious schools don't add anything to a child's grades'. By Sarah Knapton, The Telegraph.

In the article, Professor Plomin acknowledges the soft skills instilled by independent schools. Read more about the 'soft skills research', led by psychometric test publisher AQR International.

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The Telegraph

'Improvement of state primary schools puts prep schools at risk'

 

According to the editor of The Good Schools Guide, the improvement of state primary schools means many prep schools are facing a “slow and gentle good night”. By Rosemary Bennett, The Times.

The Times leading article says the improvement of state primaries is "cause for celebration".

A-level music qualifications fall by 35 per cent over past five years

 

Academics from Birmingham City University have found the average A-level music class has only three students. The study also showed independent schools account for a disproportionately high number of A-level music entries. By Camilla Turner, The Telegraph.

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The Telegraph

Education becomes key campaigning issue

 

In the run-up to the Conservative leadership campaign, frontrunners Boris Johnson and Michael Gove have pledged extra funding for schools. By Freddie Whittaker, Schools Week.

The Sunday Telegraph reports that Dominic Raab's manifesto for leadership promises higher teacher pay and a focus on apprenticeships.

Teenagers should spend summer holiday volunteering, says education secretary

 

The education secretary, Damian Hinds, has said teenagers should spend time volunteering to help get ready for the world of work. By Sian Griffiths, The Sunday Times.

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The Sunday Times

'GCSEs: A form of child abuse'

 

Edward Lucas writes a comment piece in The Times arguing that GCSEs are 'in theory, useful but in practice a form of child abuse' becuase of the stress they impose on pupils.

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The Times

A dose of T'ai Chi for exam-stressed primary pupils

 

Primary pupils are being taught T’ai Chi to help calm their nerves in the lead up to Sats exams. By Camilla Turner, The Telegraph.

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The Telegraph

'What could the Lib Dems do for education?'

 

Bernard Trafford, a former independent school head, questions whether the Liberal Democrats could make schools happier places if voted into power. Tes.

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Tes

 

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