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Daily News Summary
22 March 2019

image 'Let's put the child first and stop berating the independent sector'
image The "wellbeing dogs" helping to alleviate children’s anxiety
image Why are teachers working more overtime than other professionals?
image 'Remain calm when discussing LGBT in order to win over the protestors'
image 'Schools can't be blamed for all society's ills'
image GCSE reforms impact coastal schools most, research finds
image Grammar school "extension" could pave the way for more schools across country

'Let's put the child first and stop berating the independent sector'

 

Oona Carlin, head of Ipswich High School, responds to comments made by Michael Gove MP, who said he wanted private education to become an 'increasingly eccentric choice'. In her response, Ms Carlin highlights the benefits of independent schools for children, communities and the country. Independent Schools Magazine.

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Independent Schools Magazine

The "wellbeing dogs" helping to alleviate children’s anxiety

 

The education secretary, Damian Hinds MP, has endorsed the trend of having "wellbeing dogs" in the classroom, which can help children who feel anxious or suffer from mental health problems. By Rosemary Bennett, The Times.

Do you have animals at your school, which help with pupil wellbeing? If you'd like to write a blog on the subject, please email georgina.belcher@isc.co.uk.

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The Times

Why are teachers working more overtime than other professionals?

 

According to research published by the Trade Union Congress, teachers are working more than a day of unpaid overtime every week. Tes asks the leaders of two of the country’s education unions why this is the case. By Will Hazell.

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Tes

'Remain calm when discussing LGBT in order to win over the protestors'

 

Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, discusses the protests over LGBT relationships education. He argues that in order to win over the parents protesting about relationships education, teachers must stay calm and listen. Tes.

The Telegraph features a comment piece by Kaite Welsh, who argues parents should not "narrow their children's horizons" by restricting their access to LGBT lessons.

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Tes

'Schools can't be blamed for all society's ills'

 

Mark Enser, head of geography and research lead at Heathfield Community College, argues schools should stop being used as the scapegoat for society's problems. Tes.

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Tes

GCSE reforms impact coastal schools most, research finds

 

Findings from FFT Education Datalab, which analysed Progress 8 scores, have found coastal schools are the "hardest hit" by reforms to GCSEs. By Mark Smulian, Tes.

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Tes

Grammar school "extension" could pave the way for more schools across country

 

The Daily Mail reports the "extension" of an existing grammar school in Kent could lead to many more "satellite campuses" across the country. By Eleanor Harding.

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Daily Mail

 

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