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Daily News Summary
5 November 2019

image Study suggests privately educated children achieve better A-level grades than their state peers
image Education secretary warns against Labour's plans for schools
image DfE study identifies attainment gap between IGCSEs and GCSEs
image Independent schools on "high alert" for child trafficking
image Exams regulator to align the grading standards of French and German with GCSE Spanish
image Letters: 'Inspectors could look to rugby teams for desirable values and life skills'
image Survey finds domestic abuse is the 'biggest threat to child protection'
image 'Why girls outperform boys at school'

Study suggests privately educated children achieve better A-level grades than their state peers

 

New research suggests independent school pupils are more likely to achieve better A-level results and be offered places from elite universities than their state school peers. By Colin Fernandez, Daily Mail. The article quotes Neil Roskilly, chief executive of the Independent Schools Association.

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Daily Mail

Education secretary warns against Labour's plans for schools

 

Gavin Williamson, the education secretary, writes in The Times arguing Labour's plans for schools would be "a disaster for Britain and especially our most vulnerable children". In reference to proposals to integrate independent schools into the state sector, he argues the move "would place the equivalent of more than all the children currently in Welsh schools in English ones, swelling class sizes without the slightest clue of how to pay for it".

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The Times

DfE study identifies attainment gap between IGCSEs and GCSEs

 

A new report from the Department for Education (DfE) has found pupils studying international GCSEs are more likely to achieve top grades than those studying regular GCSEs. By Freddie Whittaker, Schools Week.

The Independent Schools Council's (ISC) full statement can be found here.

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Schools Week

Independent schools on "high alert" for child trafficking

 

iNews reports independent schools are on "high alert" for children being trafficked into Britain through legitimate student visas. Tamara Barnett, head of office at the Human Trafficking Foundation, adds independent schools are not the only schools affected, citing some cases where children entered the state school system and subsequently disappeared. The article quotes Julie Robinson, chief executive of the ISC, and references the Boarding Schools' Association.

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iNews

Exams regulator to align the grading standards of French and German with GCSE Spanish

 

Following an investigation into concerns surrounding the low take-up of modern foreign languages GCSEs, Ofqual is to make it easier for students to achieve top grades in GCSE French and German. By Pippa Allen-Kinross, Schools Week.

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Schools Week

Letters: 'Inspectors could look to rugby teams for desirable values and life skills'

 

Writing in The Times, Peter Green, head of Rugby School, argues Ofsted could use the behaviour of members of the world's top rugby teams as a basis for the character education aspect of their new inspection framework. The letter can be found three quarters of the way down the page.

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The Times

Survey finds domestic abuse is the 'biggest threat to child protection'

 

According to a survey carried out by the Local Government Association, more than 80 per cent of councillors listed domestic violence and substance misuse as reasons why more children in their local authorities had been taken into care. By Sean Coughlan, BBC News.

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BBC

'Why girls outperform boys at school'

 

The Telegraph explores the potential reasons behind the gender gap in education. By Camilla Turner, The Telegraph.

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The Telegraph

 

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