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Daily News Summary
20 November 2019

image GSA conference coverage: subject choices, exams and teaching pupils about the challenges of the workplace
image 'A guide to Oxbridge interviews'
image Study identifies link between breakfast and GCSE grades
image Findings show three quarters of British children under five 'have internet access'
image Liberal Democrats pledge 20,000 more teachers in England
image Chartered College of Teaching 'to be financially independent by the end of March 2020'
image 'How teachers can help pupils to make an informed voting decision this election'

GSA conference coverage: subject choices, exams and teaching pupils about the challenges of the workplace

 

Speaking at the Girls' Schools Association annual conference, Jenny Brown, head of City of London School for Girls, said students' A-level subject choices should not be "governed by a certain earning capacity", and should instead be driven by an "intrinsic joy and love of the subject". By Camilla Turner, The Telegraph.

The Times reports some independent schools are restricting the number of subjects pupils can take at GCSE to allow time for other forms of study. By Rosemary Bennett. The article quotes a number of heads and references several schools in membership of the ISC's constituent associations. The Times' leading article argues "scrapping exams at 16 would create a better education system", and would 'free up time for teachers to focus on other forms of study that may be more valuable'.

The Telegraph reports on claims that universities are using interviews to "entice" students into selecting them as their first choice. By Camilla Turner. The article quotes the head of St George's School, Ascot, Liz Hewer. The paper also reports on comments from Clarissa Farr, a former independent school high mistress, about sexism in the workplace. By Camilla Turner.

'A guide to Oxbridge interviews'

 

The Telegraph offers a collection of expert tips for students preparing for an Oxbridge interview. By Katie Russell.

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The Telegraph

Study identifies link between breakfast and GCSE grades

 

According to findings from the University of Leeds, secondary school pupils who eat breakfast on a regular basis achieve nearly two GCSE grades above their peers who skip the meal. By Eleanor Busby, The Independent.

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The Independent

Findings show three quarters of British children under five 'have internet access'

 

According to a survey by Childwise, 76 per cent of children under five have access to at least one device connected to the internet. By Mark Bridge, The Times.

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The Times

Liberal Democrats pledge 20,000 more teachers in England

 

The Liberal Democrats have announced their plans to recruit 20,000 more teachers in England and provide £4.6 billion in school funding next year, should they be elected into government. BBC News.

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BBC

Chartered College of Teaching 'to be financially independent by the end of March 2020'

 

Tes reports the Chartered College of Teaching will become financially self-sufficient by the end of March 2020, despite the fact it is expected to miss its membership target. By Amy Gibbons.

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Tes

'How teachers can help pupils to make an informed voting decision this election'

 

Marina Gardiner Legge, head of Heathfield School, writes about the ways in which schools can help students to develop their critical thinking skills ahead of the general election in December. Duncan Byrne, head of Loughborough Grammar School, also discusses how schools can 'instil positive attitudes and behaviours in young men'. Independent Schools Magazine.

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Independent Schools Magazine

 

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