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Daily News Summary
6 March 2019

image Letters: School funding issues
image Some schools in receipt of money via tax haven firms
image Football at independent schools sees surge in popularity
image UK ranked 10th in the world for equipping young with future skills
image Half of sixth forms forced to cut A-levels in modern languages
image Women in education work 95 days for free compared to men, says TUC
image Cambridge opens up places for disadvantaged pupils if their A-levels are higher than predicted
image Creative arts graduates cost taxpayers £35k each, according to research

Letters: School funding issues

 

Clarissa Farr, former high mistress at St Paul’s Girls’ School, writes to The Times arguing that investment in improving crumbling school buildings should be a priority. There are two further letters on school funding from David Laws, executive chairman of the Education Policy Institute, and Dr Joanna Williams, head of education at Policy Exchange.

Letters half-way down.

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The Times

Some schools in receipt of money via tax haven firms

 

Data from a large banking leak has found over 50 education providers were in receipt of money via tax haven firms, including a number of independent schools. By Juliette Garside, The Guardian. The article quotes Mike Buchanan, executive director of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference.

The Guardian includes a podcast discussing "Britain's dirty money problem".

Read ISC's statement on the importance of vigilance around the source of payments received by schools.

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The Guardian

Football at independent schools sees surge in popularity

 

There are now more than 40 former independent schoolboys playing professional football, according to the Independent Schools Football Association. The Telegraph discusses what might be causing this popularity surge. By Tom Cary. The article quotes Ian Clarkson, master in charge of football at Foremarke Hall, the preparatory school for Repton and references a number of ISC schools.

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The Telegraph

UK ranked 10th in the world for equipping young with future skills

 

The Worldwide Educating for Future Index has ranked the UK 10th in the world for equipping young people with "21st-century skills". By Will Hazell, Tes.

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Tes

Half of sixth forms forced to cut A-levels in modern languages

 

A poll by the Sixth Form Colleges Association has found half of sixth forms in schools and colleges have had to drop A-levels in modern languages due to "inadequate" funding. By Sally Weale, The Guardian.

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The Guardian

Women in education work 95 days for free compared to men, says TUC

 

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has said women in education work '95 days a year for free’, due to the gender pay gap. By Will Hazell, Tes.

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Tes

Cambridge opens up places for disadvantaged pupils if their A-levels are higher than predicted

 

In a bid to improve diversity, Cambridge University is providing extra places for disadvantaged students who achieved better A-levels than expected. By Camilla Turner, The Telegraph.

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The Telegraph

Creative arts graduates cost taxpayers £35k each, according to research

 

The Institute for Fiscal Studies has said creative arts degrees are the most costly to the taxpayer because alumni are less likely to pay off their loan. By Nicola Woolcock, The Times.

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The Times

 

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