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Daily News Summary
25 March 2019

image 'My case in support of independent schools'
image Boost in learning linked to school's mobile phone ban
image Foreign office spending on independent school fees
image Letters: Increasing our knowledge of teenage brains
image 'Give pupils time to explore subjects they won't be tested on'
image Writing on the wall - the new classroom design?
image Government plans new computing SCITT
image 'We must act now to increase diversity in school leadership'

'My case in support of independent schools'

 

Sir Roger Scruton, a philosopher and writer, outlines his views as to why independent schools should exist. He states "the real case for independent initiatives in education is seldom made". Tes.

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Tes

Boost in learning linked to school's mobile phone ban

 

Glenalmond College in Perth will permanently ban mobile phones during the school day after a trial showed an improvement in pupils’ concentration and focus. By Jeremy Watson, The Times. The article quotes Gareth O’Neill, a sub-warden at the school. Kilgraston School in Perth is also referenced.

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The Times

Foreign office spending on independent school fees

 

The Daily Mirror reports on the money being spent by the Foreign Office to cover the cost of privately educating its staff’s children. By Alan Selby.

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Daily Mirror

Letters: Increasing our knowledge of teenage brains

 

Julia Harrington, head at Queen Anne’s School, Caversham and founder of BrainCanDo, argues teenagers should be taught what is happening to their brains during adolescence. She also references her aim for neuroscience and cognitive psychology to be included in teacher training.

Letter 3/4 of the way down the page.

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The Times

'Give pupils time to explore subjects they won't be tested on'

 

Dr Bernard Trafford, a former independent school head, argues pupils should be allowed the time to explore other opportunities for learning that may not be part of the school curriculum. Tes. The article references Bedales School and Wimbledon High School.

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Tes

Writing on the wall - the new classroom design?

 

David Gibbons, an English teacher at Merchant Taylors’ School in Hertfordshire, discusses how the future of classroom design is in making every surface writable "for pupils to scrawl upon". Tes.

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Tes

Government plans new computing SCITT

 

Schools Week reports on the Government's plans for a national computing school-centred initial teacher training (SCITT) initiative. By Jess Staufenberg.

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Schools Week

'We must act now to increase diversity in school leadership'

 

David Hermitt, chief executive of Congleton Multi-Academy Trust, argues more ethnically diverse school leaders are needed to better represent the children they serve. Schools Week.

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Schools Week

 

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