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Daily News Summary
21 November 2019

image Labour releases its general election manifesto
image 'Cross-sector partnerships can transform educational outcomes for all'
image Letters: 'It's time to reconsider GCSEs'
image Poll finds 45 per cent of teachers favour Labour's education policies
image Report warns change is needed to prevent 'downward mobility'
image Calls for religious schools to offer secular assemblies to pupils withdrawn from worship

Labour releases its general election manifesto

 

Labour has published its general election manifesto, in which it presents the Party's education proposals. The document outlines plans to 'close the tax loopholes enjoyed by independent schools', and says the Party will seek advice on 'integrating independent schools into the state sector'. By Rob Merrick, The Independent.

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The Independent

'Cross-sector partnerships can transform educational outcomes for all'

 

Daniel Berry, head of Kirkham Grammar School, draws upon his experiences of headship in both state and independent schools to illustrate how 'collaboration between the sectors can transform education'. Independent Schools Magazine.

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Independent Schools Magazine

Letters: 'It's time to reconsider GCSEs'

 

Magnus Bashaarat, head of Bedales School, writes in The Times arguing GCSEs are 'outdated and damaging to young people'. He adds that headteachers who are critical of the qualification should "provide something else in their place", and that "policy makers must now pay the issue proper attention". The letter can be found half way down the page.

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The Times

Poll finds 45 per cent of teachers favour Labour's education policies

 

According to a new Tes poll, 45 per cent of teachers believe the Labour Party offer the best education policies, compared to 13 per cent for the Liberal Democrats and 11 per cent for the Conservatives. By Charlotte Santry, Tes.

Holly Rigby, a teacher and researcher, writes in Tes outlining the reasons why she supports the Labour Party. In a separate article, Steve Mastin, a teacher and education consultant, explains why he believes readers should vote Conservative.

Report warns change is needed to prevent 'downward mobility'

 

According to a paper published by the London School of Economics' Centre for Economic Performance, the "dream of just doing better, let alone climbing the social ladder, is disappearing". One of the report's recommendations suggests independent schools should earn tax relief by engaging in partnerships with state schools. By Amelia Hill, The Guardian.

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The Guardian

Calls for religious schools to offer secular assemblies to pupils withdrawn from worship

 

Humanists UK has said it will continue to encourage religious schools to provide inclusive alternatives for pupils withdrawn from collective worship, after two parents won a legal case for non-religious activities in school. By John Dickens, Schools Week.

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Schools Week

 

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