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Daily News Summary
3 May 2019

image 'Making life difficult for private schools will not help state-educated children'
image Minister addresses TPS issue at education conference
image Calls for summer opening of school sports facilities to tackle child obesity
image Mixed picture for student numbers at elite universities
image NAHT survey suggests schools are struggling to recruit senior leaders
image Education secretary to ask heads for advice on changes to special needs funding
image Labour would consider replacing Sats with Pisa-style system of tests
image Report suggests maths scores can be boosted by playing online memory games

'Making life difficult for private schools will not help state-educated children'

 

ISC chairman, Barnaby Lenon, has told an education conference at Brighton College that selection by house prices and manipulating the system by going to church "will remain, even if [independent] schools are abolished". By Nicola Woolcock, The Times.

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The Times

Minister addresses TPS issue at education conference

 

Schools minister Lord Agnew has been told by an independent school headteacher at Brighton College's education conference that the sector feels "under attack" due to Teachers' Pension Scheme (TPS) changes, which require schools to fund a 43% increase in the amount they pay into the scheme. By Adi Bloom, Tes.

The Telegraph reports on comments made by Lord Agnew at the conference describing students going to university with EEE A-level grades as “lunacy”. By Camilla Turner.

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Tes

Calls for summer opening of school sports facilities to tackle child obesity

 

Education and sports experts are urging the Government to make schools open their sports facilities over the summer holidays to help counter child obesity and prevent young people from getting involved in crime. By Denis Campbell, The Guardian.

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The Guardian

Mixed picture for student numbers at elite universities

 

The Times reports on an analysis of UCAS data by the Times Higher Education (THE) magazine, which has shone a spotlight on student numbers at Russell Group universities. By Rosemary Bennett, The Times.

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The Times

NAHT survey suggests schools are struggling to recruit senior leaders

 

A National of Association of Headteachers (NAHT) survey has revealed 27 per cent of schools could not fill top positions at all last year. By Eleanor Busby, The Independent.

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The Independent

Education secretary to ask heads for advice on changes to special needs funding

 

Damian Hinds MP is due to ask heads at the National Association of Head Teachers annual conference for their views on changes to special needs funding. By Judith Burns, BBC News.

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BBC

Labour would consider replacing Sats with Pisa-style system of tests

 

Tes reports that the Labour Party could scrap Sats and in their place introduce a Pisa-style system of tests sampling schools across England. By Martin George.

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Tes

Report suggests maths scores can be boosted by playing online memory games

 

A report from the Education Endowment Foundation has indicated primary pupils who play online memory games can see their maths scores boosted by three months. By Pippa Allen-Kinross, Schools Week.

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Schools Week

 

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