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Daily News Summary
4 November 2019

image Criminals target independent schools to 'traffic Vietnamese children into the UK'
image 'My perspective on social mobility'
image Government spends £91 million on independent school subsidies
image Screen time 'improves literacy among boys'
image Findings suggest pupils are afraid to tell a teacher if they are being bullied
image Government funding to be allocated to 'high value' subjects
image 'Primary schools should not have to seek parental consent before teaching about LGBT+ relationships'
image Schools are working to 'decolonise the curriculum'

Criminals target independent schools to 'traffic Vietnamese children into the UK'

 

The Times reports at least 21 Vietnamese children have disappeared from independent schools across Britain in the past four years, after being brought into the country by suspected trafficking gangs through legitimate student visas. By Joshi Herrmann and Katie Gibbons. The article references the Independent Schools Council (ISC) and the Boarding Schools' Association.

Julie Robinson, chief executive of the ISC, appeared on BBC Radio 4's Today programme this morning discussing the reports. She said "the perpetrators of these crimes are sophisticated criminals and we know that schools have to be hyper vigilant in following procedures to ensure that every child is safe and secure". Listen from 2:45:00.

The ISC's full statement can be found here.

'My perspective on social mobility'

 

Lee Elliot Major, the UK's first professor of social mobility, writes in The Sunday Times reflecting on his own experience of upward social mobility. In reference to plans to abolish independent schools, he says: "Getting rid of private schools wouldn't demolish the divide between haves and have-nots. Middle-class parents would simply find other ways to gain advantage, monopolising the best state schools."

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The Sunday Times

Government spends £91 million on independent school subsidies

 

Figures show the Ministry of Defence and the Foreign Office collectively spent over £91 million last year on independent school fee subsidies, to ensure the children of military and diplomatic staff can continue their education without disruption. By Lizzy Buchan, The Independent.

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The Independent

Screen time 'improves literacy among boys'

 

New findings suggest digital devices, such as smartphones, are helping boys to close the literacy gender gap. By Sian Griffiths, The Sunday Times.

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The Sunday Times

Findings suggest pupils are afraid to tell a teacher if they are being bullied

 

According to a survey of more than 800 young people, 75 per cent would avoid telling a teacher if they were experiencing bullying. By Will Hazell, iNews.

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iNews

Government funding to be allocated to 'high value' subjects

 

The Department for Education has said a portion of a new funding package for colleges and sixth forms will be targeted at "high value" courses such as science. By Will Hazell, iNews.

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iNews

'Primary schools should not have to seek parental consent before teaching about LGBT+ relationships'

 

David Isaac, chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, has said primary schools should be able to teach children about LGBT+ relationships without having to consult parents first. By Eleanor Busby, The Independent.

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The Independent

Schools are working to 'decolonise the curriculum'

 

Olivette Otele, the UK's first black history professor, has said secondary schools are now teaching about the history of colonialism and the slave trade from a less Eurocentric perspective. By Camilla Turner, The Telegraph.

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The Telegraph

 

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