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Daily News Summary
1 May 2019

image Letters: The value of independent schools
image 'Attacking independent schools is not a solution to the problem of deep-rooted inequality'
image Nine points following the education committee
image Oxbridge should increase diversity by accepting poorer pupils with one B and two Cs at A-level, says universities regulator
image Number of children excluded due to drugs or alcohol at a record high, DfE figures reveal
image 'The trouble with “boy-friendly” approaches in lessons'
image New study finds vocational education boosts job prospects and earnings
image MPs warn children's services are 'at breaking point'

Letters: The value of independent schools

 

Shaun Fenton, chair of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference, writes in The Times that attacks on the independent sector are unfair. He states independent schools' savings to the taxpayer, their boost to local and national economies and the global export they provide is "beyond doubt".

Alex Rentoul of the House Schools Group also writes to The Times arguing "the imposition of VAT on school fees proposed by Labour would pose a major threat to the survival of schools in the independent sector".

Letters just above halfway.

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The Times

'Attacking independent schools is not a solution to the problem of deep-rooted inequality'

 

Yvonne Williams, a head of English and drama at a school in the south of England, writes in Tes that attacking independent schools will not solve the inequality that exists in the education system. Instead, she writes, there should be "an immediate move to make state-school funding more equal", which would include building and repair works, the demolition of league tables and raising standards through collaboration.

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Tes

Nine points following the education committee

 

Schools Week details the key points discussed during yesterday's education committee, when academies minister Lord Agnew faced MPs to discuss issues facing the education sector. Lord Agnew commented that the independent sector should be 'more innovative in how it can help the state sector'. By Freddie Whittaker.

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Schools Week

Oxbridge should increase diversity by accepting poorer pupils with one B and two Cs at A-level, says universities regulator

 

To increase diversity, the Office for Students (OfS) has said Oxbridge should consider accepting pupils from deprived areas who achieve one B and two Cs at A-level. By Jack Hardy, The Telegraph.

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The Telegraph

Number of children excluded due to drugs or alcohol at a record high, DfE figures reveal

 

An analysis of Department for Education (DfE) figures has revealed the number of permanently excluded children from secondary schools due to drugs or alcohol is at a record high. By Camilla Turner, The Telegraph.

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The Telegraph

'The trouble with “boy-friendly” approaches in lessons'

 

Teachers Matt Pinkett and Mark Roberts discuss the underperformance of boys in exams and discuss what schools could be doing differently to boost their learning. By Jamie Thom, Tes.

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Tes

New study finds vocational education boosts job prospects and earnings

 

In a paper for the American Economic Journal, economists have provided new evidence on the positive effects of vocational education. By Gabriel Heller-Sahlgren, Tes.

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Tes

MPs warn children's services are 'at breaking point'

 

MPs have warned the funding levels for children's services in England are unsustainable and need a £3.1bn minimum funding boost by 2025. By Hannah Richardson, BBC News.

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BBC

 

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