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Daily News Summary
16 May 2019

image Minister to look into potential IGCSE university entrance 'loophole'
image ISC myth-busting blog: “Attending an independent school makes you posh and entitled”
image Mental health helpline for teachers receives record number of calls
image More PE is needed in schools, according to general public
image Ministers disagree about minimum entry requirements to universities
image The GCSE should be treated as a national treasure, says schools minister
image SEND terminology - has it improved over the years?
image Do mindfulness lessons really improve children's mental health?

Minister to look into potential IGCSE university entrance 'loophole'

 

The universities minister, Chris Skidmore, will look at whether IGCSEs are being used by independent schools as a "loophole" to get pupils into university. By Will Hazell, Tes. The article quotes Barnaby Lenon, chairman of the Independent Schools Council.

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Tes

ISC myth-busting blog: “Attending an independent school makes you posh and entitled”

 

Zanna Meynell, a Year 13 pupil at Monkton School, discusses her experience attending an independent school for her sixth form years. She writes how her preconception that independent school pupils must be 'posh and entitled is entirely inaccurate'.

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ISC

Mental health helpline for teachers receives record number of calls

 

The Education Support Partnership, a charity that helps staff in the education sector with their mental health, has received a record number of calls from education professionals over the last 12 months. By Eleanor Busby, The Independent.

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The Independent

More PE is needed in schools, according to general public

 

Research commissioned by the Youth Sports Trust has found the majority of the general public want children to have more physical education (PE) in schools. By Jeremy Wilson, The Telegraph.

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The Telegraph

Ministers disagree about minimum entry requirements to universities

 

The universities minister, Chris Skidmore, and schools minister, Lord Agnew, have disagreed over whether pupils should achieve a minimum set of A-level grades to get a place at university. By Will Hazell, Tes.

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Tes

The GCSE should be treated as a national treasure, says schools minister

 

The schools minister, Nick Gibb, writes in The Times outlining the importance of GCSEs and encouraging students that although revision is tough, it "will be worth it".

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The Times

SEND terminology - has it improved over the years?

 

Jarlath O’Brien, an author and professional working in special education in London, discusses former official terminology around special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and questions whether the language has improved today. Tes.

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Tes

Do mindfulness lessons really improve children's mental health?

 

Liz Lightfoot questions whether mindfulness lessons really do boost mental health. The Guardian.

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The Guardian

 

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