image  

Daily News Summary
5 June 2019

image Letters: Independent schools do make a difference
image 'Schools should report pastoral issues as thoroughly as they document safeguarding concerns'
image 'GCSEs: The clamour for change grows by the day'
image Military schools could benefit children at risk of knife crime, says defence secretary
image Using art to help pupils understand climate change
image Could identifying as a teacher-scientist help the STEM teacher shortage?
image A fifth of 11-year-olds think crocodiles live wild in the UK, survey reveals

Letters: Independent schools do make a difference

 

Mike Buchanan, executive director of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference, writes to The Telegraph in response to geneticist Robert Plomin, who stated school type is not important because a pupil's academic success is pre-determined by their genes. The letter references 'academic value added' research that found pupils attending independent schools gained the equivalent of two additional years of schooling by the age of 16, even after taking into account differences such as prior ability, socio-economic status and gender.

Letter just above half-way.

image
The Telegraph

'Schools should report pastoral issues as thoroughly as they document safeguarding concerns'

 

Ceri Stokes, assistant head and designated safeguarding lead at Kimbolton School, writes that documenting pastoral incidents at school can make a huge difference in preventing and reducing safeguarding trends. Tes.

image
Tes

'GCSEs: The clamour for change grows by the day'

 

Magnus Bashaarat, the head of Bedales School, argues that GCSEs in their current form are 'stifling creative teaching'. Tes.

image
Tes

Military schools could benefit children at risk of knife crime, says defence secretary

 

The defence secretary, Penny Mordaunt, has said children at risk of falling into gang and knife crime could benefit from schools that provide an education based on military principles. By Dominic Nicholls, The Telegraph.

image
The Telegraph

Using art to help pupils understand climate change

 

A Cornish painter and the Eden Project’s artist in residence has said children will better understand climate change through forming a connection to the natural world first. By Kate Parker, Tes.

Are you using inventive teaching methods to help pupils understand about climate change? Do you have an example of a project your school has been involved with? If you'd like to write a 400-800 word blog on the subject, please email georgina.belcher@isc.co.uk.

image
Tes

Could identifying as a teacher-scientist help the STEM teacher shortage?

 

The Institute for Research in Schools has partnered with UCL Institute of Education to produce a study exploring the experiences of research-active science teachers. By Dr Lizzie Rushton, a research associate at King’s College London, and Professor Michael Reiss, a professor of science education at UCL Institute of Education. Tes.

image
Tes

A fifth of 11-year-olds think crocodiles live wild in the UK, survey reveals

 

Eleven-year-olds have shown a poor understanding of the nature of British wildlife, following a survey of more than 2,000 young people. By Adi Bloom, Tes.

image
Tes

 

The Independent Schools Council (ISC) monitors the national and educational press in order to keep independent schools up-to-date with relevant education news. The DNS is a service primarily for schools in membership of ISC associations, although other interested parties can choose to sign-up. We endeavour to include relevant news and commentary and, wherever possible, notable public letters. Where capacity allows, we may include links to ISC blogs, press statements and information about school or association events. News stories are selected based on their relevance to the independent sector as a whole. Editorial control of the DNS remains solely with the ISC.

Sign-up to the email service is available on our website.

Members can contact the ISC if they know in advance of news, letters or opinions that are likely to feature in the media, or are aware of existing coverage which they would like to see featured in the DNS.

Headlines and first-line summaries are written by the ISC with the link directing to the source material. You should read and comply with the terms and conditions of the websites to which we link.