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Daily News Summary
22 November 2019

image Labour manifesto: Education policies and independent schools
image 'Is it more difficult to get an offer from Oxford or Cambridge?'
image Letters: The purpose of GCSEs
image Call for investigation after rise in students getting extra time in exams
image Heads use personal emails to campaign on school funding

Labour manifesto: Education policies and independent schools

 

The independent schools sector has warned of the impact a VAT on fees policy would have on the country's education system, following the publication of the Labour Party's manifesto. By Rosemary Bennett, The Times. The article quotes Julie Robinson, ISC chief executive, David Goodhew, headmaster at Latymer Upper School, and the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference.

Tes reports that independent school teachers rate Labour as having the best education policies. By Charlotte Santry. The publication also features a news article saying the Party has "no immediate plans to axe private schools". By Catherine Lough and Claudia Civinini.

Schools Week details the full list of schools policies in Labour's manifesto.

Read the ISC statement in response to the Labour Party manifesto here.

'Is it more difficult to get an offer from Oxford or Cambridge?'

 

The Telegraph examines the difference in offer rates at the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge. By Katie Russell.

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The Telegraph

Letters: The purpose of GCSEs

 

Writing in his role as professor of education at the University of Buckingham, Barnaby Lenon says "the age of 16 is a sensible moment to assess progress in many school subjects, most of which are going to be dropped". The Times. The letter can be found half way down the page.

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The Times

Call for investigation after rise in students getting extra time in exams

 

A former chief examiner has suggested Ofqual should investigate the fact that a fifth of students now get extra time in exams. By Camilla Turner, The Telegraph.

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The Telegraph

Heads use personal emails to campaign on school funding

 

Schools Week reports that hundreds of headteachers have used their personal email accounts to communicate with election candidates about school funding pressures. By John Dickens.

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Schools Week

 

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