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Daily News Summary
22 May 2019

image The schools successfully tackling Oxbridge applications
image Helping children to revise
image National charity encourages schools to teach grime music to prevent exclusions
image Two universities announce they will continue offering unconditional offers
image A quarter of primary pupils have mental health difficulties, study finds
image Conquering Excel: Five tips for teachers
image Government 'might consider recommending' a SEND-specific teacher training route
image Number of apprenticeships falling, Public Accounts Committee finds

The schools successfully tackling Oxbridge applications

 

Clementine Wade, head of Year 12 at Ark Walworth Academy in south London, explains how Ark sixth forms are supporting pupils with Oxbridge applications through an initiative known as 'Project Oxbridge'. The article references St Paul’s School, which offers support to Ark schools with Oxbridge applications.

Richard Cairns, head of Brighton College, writes a letter to The Times arguing that universities should not be judged 'by the proportion of state school pupils they admit but focus instead on the proportion of disadvantaged pupils they admit'. Letter just above half-way.

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Tes

Helping children to revise

 

The Telegraph offers "brain hacks" for parents to help children do well in their GCSEs. By Maria Lally. The article quotes Julia Harrington, head at Queen Anne’s School Caversham, and Ben Stephenson, the school's director of sixth form.

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The Telegraph

National charity encourages schools to teach grime music to prevent exclusions

 

Research by the charity Youth Music has recommended schools adopt a "re-imagined music curriculum", which would see the studying of Mozart exchanged for Stormzy, in a bid to prevent pupils from being excluded. By Gabriella Swerling, The Telegraph.

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The Telegraph

Two universities announce they will continue offering unconditional offers

 

Despite the education secretary's request to universities to stop offering unconditional offers to students, Birmingham and Oxford Brookes University have notified Damian Hinds that they intend to carry on making the offers to applicants. By Rosemary Bennett, The Times.

Damian Hinds MP has written a comment for The Times discussing unconditional university offers.

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The Times

A quarter of primary pupils have mental health difficulties, study finds

 

A study conducted by the charity Nurture UK has found one in four primary pupils suffer from hidden social, emotional and mental health difficulties. By Adi Bloom, Tes.

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Tes

Conquering Excel: Five tips for teachers

 

Grainne Hallahan provides five simple hacks to help teachers use Excel. Tes.

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Tes

Government 'might consider recommending' a SEND-specific teacher training route

 

The schools minister, Nick Gibb, has said he is "persuadable" to an initial teacher training route focused just on special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). By Jess Staufenberg, Schools Week.

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Schools Week

Number of apprenticeships falling, Public Accounts Committee finds

 

Despite the introduction of the apprenticeship levy, the number of apprenticeship starts has dropped by 26 per cent. By Camilla Turner, The Telegraph.

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The Telegraph

 

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