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Daily News Summary
26 November 2019

image 'What parties should do for schools this general election'
image 'It's time to bust the myths surrounding independent schools'
image "Children's welfare should always be top priority, whichever school they attend"
image Survey suggests independent school staff are experiencing 'increased workload and low pay'
image Labour launches race and faith manifesto
image Conservatives pledge new duty of care laws 'to keep children safe online'
image Schools to resume flu vaccinations following delivery delays

'What parties should do for schools this general election'

 

Andrew Halls, head of King's College School, Wimbledon, outlines the education policies he believes politicians should pursue over the next five years. In reference to independent schools, he suggests education vouchers equivalent to the cost of a state school place could be introduced to help offset fees, 'enabling independent schools to provide tens of thousands of places to children from the widest range of backgrounds'. The Sunday Times.

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The Sunday Times

'It's time to bust the myths surrounding independent schools'

 

Julie Robinson, chief executive of the Independent Schools Council (ISC) has suggested the current political discourse has reduced the debate surrounding independent schools to "binary low-level arguments". She added myth busting is necessary to reveal 'the inclusive and diverse reality of the independent sector'. By Claudia Civinini, Tes. The ISC myth-busting booklet referenced in the article can be read online here.

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Tes

"Children's welfare should always be top priority, whichever school they attend"

 

Olesya Dmitracova compares the value of independent education with state education. She argues schools and policymakers should work to create "the right balance between academic achievement and students' welfare", regardless of sector. The Independent.

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The Independent

Survey suggests independent school staff are experiencing 'increased workload and low pay'

 

According to a new survey from the National Education Union, this September only three per cent of independent school teachers received a cost-of-living pay increase that matched or bettered the amount recommended by the School Teachers' Review Body. The survey also found 60 per cent of teachers have experienced an increase in their workload since last year. Education Executive.

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Education Executive

Labour launches race and faith manifesto

 

Jeremy Corbyn is set to launch the Labour Party's race and faith manifesto today. Within it, the Party outlines plans to teach children about injustice and the role of the British Empire in schools. BBC News.

Schools Week reports the Labour Party intends to launch a review into the under-representation of black, Asian and ethnic minority teachers in schools in England, should it enter into government.

Conservatives pledge new duty of care laws 'to keep children safe online'

 

The Conservative Party has pledged to introduce new legislation to better protect children from online abuse and harms. By Charles Hymas, The Telegraph.

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The Telegraph

Schools to resume flu vaccinations following delivery delays

 

The Daily Mail reports children will be able to receive their flu vaccinations at school, as the issue of delayed deliveries has now been resolved. Public Health England has urged those eligible to get vaccinated "as soon as possible". By Vanessa Chalmers.

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Daily Mail

 

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