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Daily News Summary
7 March 2019

image House of Lords: Swimming partnerships provided through schools
image Letters: Second chances in university admissions
image 'Better parenting is what children need, not an improved curriculum'
image World Book Day: Campaigners warn of fall in book borrowing
image A look at why white working class boys are underachieving
image New initiatives to improve teacher retention
image “Broken” school exclusion system linked to surge in knife crime
image 'Why schools should have gender neutral uniform policies'

House of Lords: Swimming partnerships provided through schools

 

In a House of Lords debate, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Lord Agnew of Oulton, referenced the Department for Education's work with the Independent Schools Council "to encourage meaningful partnerships between independent schools and their local state primaries". The partnership work of Cheltenham Ladies’ College was highlighted.

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Hansard

Letters: Second chances in university admissions

 

Timothy Hands, head at Winchester College, commends Cambridge University for providing extra places for disadvantaged students who achieved better A-levels than expected. The Times.

Letter towards the bottom of the page.

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The Times

'Better parenting is what children need, not an improved curriculum'

 

Martin Stephen, former high master of St Paul’s School and The Manchester Grammar School, argues the school curriculum is overburdened and parents should be asked to do more. The Telegraph.

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The Telegraph

World Book Day: Campaigners warn of fall in book borrowing

 

Campaigners have warned of a large fall in the number of books borrowed from public libraries in England. By Alison Flood, The Guardian.

The Independent reports on Roald Dahl's 10 best children's books. By Joe Sommerlad.

Tes details how Wyndham Primary Academy in Derby brought books to life for its pupils. By Dave Speck.

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The Guardian

A look at why white working class boys are underachieving

 

Rosa Silverman questions why white working class boys are falling behind at school. The Telegraph.

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The Telegraph

New initiatives to improve teacher retention

 

Research has begun to look into the retention of teachers and the effectiveness of different training routes into the profession. By John Roberts, Tes.

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Tes

“Broken” school exclusion system linked to surge in knife crime

 

Sadiq Khan and seven police and crime commissioners have warned that excluded children are at a higher risk of becoming perpetrators or victims of youth violence. By Richard Ford and Kate Devlin, The Times.

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The Times

'Why schools should have gender neutral uniform policies'

 

Layla Moran, the Liberal Democrats’ education spokeswoman, argues all schools should be creative environments where no one should feel "defined or limited by their gender or clothes". The Times.

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The Times

 

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