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Daily News Summary
24 May 2019

image Letters: Scrapping the EBacc and investing in the arts
image National curriculum should include complex grammar, says academic
image 'Climate change should be core part of curriculum'
image Support for creation of a specialist training route for SEND teachers
image Tech replaces bedtime stories, research reveals
image 'Theology and RS risk disappearing at universities just at the time when we need them most'
image How to encourage children to love cooking

Letters: Scrapping the EBacc and investing in the arts

 

Richard Bristow​, director of music at Wimbledon High School, writes a letter to The Independent supporting the decision by the Russell Group to scrap its list of “facilitating subjects”. He argues the next step should be to scrap the EBacc and "invest in the arts becoming once more a central part of a wide-reaching and balanced curriculum". Letter towards the bottom.

The Telegraph reports on comments made by the Russell Group, which has suggested state schools are preventing pupils from getting into top universities by giving them bad subject advice and allowing them to study easier A-levels. By Camilla Turner.

National curriculum should include complex grammar, says academic

 

An academic from the University of Oxford has said pupils should be taught to use complex grammatical forms, which would ensure disadvantaged children are not left behind. By Adi Bloom, Tes.

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Tes

'Climate change should be core part of curriculum'

 

The Labour Party has said it would make climate change a "core" part of the curriculum for primary aged pupils onwards. By Eleanor Busby and Charlie Bradley, The Independent.

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The Independent

Support for creation of a specialist training route for SEND teachers

 

A leading teacher training expert, Professor Sam Twiselton, has backed calls for a new specialist route for the training of special educational needs and disability (SEND) teachers. By John Roberts, Tes.

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Tes

Tech replaces bedtime stories, research reveals

 

According to research by the children's reading charity BookTrust, more than a quarter of parents are using technology such as home assistants, apps and voice notes to tell their child a bedtime story. Tes.

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Tes

'Theology and RS risk disappearing at universities just at the time when we need them most'

 

Diarmaid MacCulloch, professor of the History of the Church at Oxford University and vice president of the British Academy, writes that courses in theology and religious studies (RS) need to confront significant challenges if they are to survive the era of high university fees. The Telegraph.

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The Telegraph

How to encourage children to love cooking

 

Britain’s youngest chef to have been awarded two Michelin stars, Tom Aikens, has said schools are not giving children the essential food education they need. The Telegraph offers tips from some of the top chefs on how to encourage the next generation into cooking. By Jack Rear.

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The Telegraph

 

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