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Daily News Summary
4 June 2019

image 'Good schools recognise pupils' abilities and find the best path for them to flourish'
image Letters: 'Thriving prep schools'
image 'Rates reform will restrict Scottish independent schools' work and put them at a competitive disadvantage'
image 'Disjointed curriculum planning is wasting English teachers' time'
image Sure Start centres have positive impact but face cuts
image Nine in 10 parents of SEND children lack the full support they need, survey reveals

'Good schools recognise pupils' abilities and find the best path for them to flourish'

 

Harry De Quetteville responds to claims made by leading geneticist Robert Plomin, who stated school type is not important because a pupil's academic success is pre-determined by their genes. De Quetteville argues independent schools provide children with advantages such as 'connections, confidence and access to facilities', helping young people to find the best path to flourish. The Telegraph.

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The Telegraph

Letters: 'Thriving prep schools'

 

Christopher King, chief executive of the Independent Association of Prep Schools, writes a letter to The Times contradicting a claim that prep schools are in decline. He highlights the holistic education prep schools offer, which 'will continue to provide children with the life skills they need'.

Letter half-way down.

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The Times

'Rates reform will restrict Scottish independent schools' work and put them at a competitive disadvantage'

 

John Edward, director of the Scottish Council of Independent Schools, discusses the impending rollout of the Non-Domestic Rates Bill in Scotland, which ‘restricts’ the work of independent schools. Tes.

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Tes

'Disjointed curriculum planning is wasting English teachers' time'

 

A curriculum expert has said GCSE English teachers are 'wasting their time' having to teach history and religious education to fill gaps in their pupils’ knowledge. By Will Hazell, Tes.

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Tes

Sure Start centres have positive impact but face cuts

 

Sure Start centres, which aim to support the wellbeing of children before they start school, have been shown to have a positive impact but face cuts, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies. By Sean Coughlan, BBC News.

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BBC

Nine in 10 parents of SEND children lack the full support they need, survey reveals

 

A survey by the Disabled Children’s Partnership has found nine in 10 parents of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are unable to care for them safely due to the lack of support they receive. By Eleanor Busby, The Independent.

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The Independent

 

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