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Daily News Summary
8 May 2019

image The 'Hogwarts effect' on boarding pupils
image Sharp decline in number of computing qualifications
image Rise in pupils from Ghana attending UK boarding schools
image Does class size matter?
image School publishes report on former pupils' views towards outdoor learning
image Pupil mental health services are ‘rapidly deteriorating’
image Pupils entitled to free school meals lose out on £65m in unspent lunch funds
image Run off the exam stress with #RunandRevise

The 'Hogwarts effect' on boarding pupils

 

Robin Fletcher, chief executive of the Boarding Schools' Association (BSA), has said the 'Hogwarts effect', which saw an increase in the number of pupils attending boarding school in order to be like Harry Potter, is still strong among overseas students but less so among pupils in the UK. By Adi Bloom, Tes.

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Tes

Sharp decline in number of computing qualifications

 

A study by the University of Roehampton has found fewer 16-year-olds in England are gaining a computing qualification. Miles Berry, an author of the report and member of the ISC Digital Strategy Group, has said the new GCSE has a reputation for being harder than other subjects, which is putting off less academic students. By Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC News.

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BBC

Rise in pupils from Ghana attending UK boarding schools

 

Leaders at British boarding schools will attend an event in Ghana, supported by the UK’s Department for International Trade and British High Commission in Accra, to appeal to students in a market where interest in UK boarding has risen. By Viggo Stacey, PIE News. The article uses figures from the Independent Schools Council's annual Census.

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Pie News

Does class size matter?

 

Two academics discuss results from international assessments, which have looked into the effect of class size on educational outcomes. By David Rutkowsi and Dirk Hastedt, Tes.

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Tes

School publishes report on former pupils' views towards outdoor learning

 

A report commissioned by Gordonstoun School on its outdoor learning activities was unveiled yesterday at the BSA annual conference. By Nicola Woolcock, The Times.

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The Times

Pupil mental health services are ‘rapidly deteriorating’

 

Pupils who are self-harming and taking overdoses are being turned away up to four times before receiving help due to huge cutbacks in the provision of child and adolescent mental health services. By Dave Speck, Tes.

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Tes

Pupils entitled to free school meals lose out on £65m in unspent lunch funds

 

Citizens UK has found secondary school pupils who are entitled to free school meals are losing out on millions of pounds every year in unspent lunch funds, which is kept by the meal providers. By Sally Weale, The Guardian.

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The Guardian

Run off the exam stress with #RunandRevise

 

England Athletics is launching a running scheme #RunAndRevise, which hopes to encourage pupils to support their mental health over the exam period through running. By Paige Neal-Holder, BBC News.

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BBC

 

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