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Daily News Summary
21 May 2019

image Oxford University to widen access to pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds
image Letters: Girl choristers - ensuring equality of opportunity
image Making governors' workload sustainable
image 'Exams are becoming increasingly irrelevant'
image New specialist maths schools announced to meet the need for STEM specialists
image Schools Week profile: Robert Halfon MP
image Girls take three days off per term due to period-related issues
image Two hours' sleep for pupils addicted to their phones

Oxford University to widen access to pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds

 

The University of Oxford has announced plans to boost student numbers from under-represented backgrounds. By Eleanor Busby, Daily Mail. The article quotes Julie Robinson, chief executive of the Independent Schools Council.

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Daily Mail

Letters: Girl choristers - ensuring equality of opportunity

 

Neil Chippington, head at St John’s College School in Cambridge and chairman of the Choir Schools’ Association, writes a letter to The Times discussing the rise of girl choristers. He references Hereford Cathedral School, which "has an extremely successful girls’ choir".

Letter just below half-way.

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The Times

Making governors' workload sustainable

 

Emma Knights, chief executive of the National Governance Association, writes in Tes that tackling governors' workload "is essential if we are to secure the future of our school system".

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Tes

'Exams are becoming increasingly irrelevant'

 

Kevin Stannard, director of innovation and learning at the Girls’ Day School Trust, argues the defenders of high-stakes testing are forgetting that exams are "becoming increasingly irrelevant". Tes.

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Tes

New specialist maths schools announced to meet the need for STEM specialists

 

The Government has approved two more specialist maths schools, which will target groups who are under-represented in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). By Jess Staufenberg, Schools Week.

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Schools Week

Schools Week profile: Robert Halfon MP

 

Schools Week writes a feature piece on Robert Halfon, the chair of the education select committee. By Cath Murray.

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Schools Week

Girls take three days off per term due to period-related issues

 

A poll commissioned by hygiene services provider PHS Group has found schoolgirls are taking an average of three days off each term because of period-related issues. By Maya Oppenheim, The Independent.

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The Independent

Two hours' sleep for pupils addicted to their phones

 

A study by Leeds Beckett University has found nine in 10 pupils check their phones during the night, with many surviving on just two hours of sleep because of their mobile phone addiction. By Dave Speck, Tes.

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Tes

 

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