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Daily News Summary
2 October 2019

image Independent school survey reveals increasing demand for support for parents
image Former DfE official warns against abolishing independent schools
image Sixth formers at private schools 'fear freshers' week initiations'
image Headteachers warned private schools in China face "extraordinary scrutiny"
image Henley Literary Festival: Old Etonians and transgender pupils
image Consultation launched on new standards code for Scottish teachers

Independent school survey reveals increasing demand for support for parents

 

According to a survey conducted by the HMC, there has been a rise in demand for more help for parents in supporting their child's mental health and wellbeing. The study also found 97 per cent of independent schools have offered courses and information sessions for parents in the last four years. By Catherine Lough, Tes. The article quotes Chris Jeffery, chair of the HMC Wellbeing Working Group and head of Bootham School, Helen Pike, head of Magdalen College School, and Laura Knight, director of digital learning at Berkhamsted School.

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Tes

Former DfE official warns against abolishing independent schools

 

Natalie Perera, executive director at the Education Policy Institute and former Department for Education (DfE) official, has said a move to abolish independent schools would 'take focus away from important education issues'. Speaking at a Tes fringe meeting at the Conservative Party conference, she warned abolishing private schools 'could become education's Brexit', resulting in 'years of untangling all the intricacies that come with closing them down'. By John Roberts, Tes.

In a speech to the Conservative Party conference, Boris Johnson criticised Labour's proposals for independent schools, saying Jeremy Corbyn "wants to ban private schools and expropriate their property, even though it would cost the taxpayer seven billion to educate the kids [in the state school system]". By Andrew Sparrow, The Guardian.

Sixth formers at private schools 'fear freshers' week initiations'

 

A survey from the HMC and the Girls' Schools Association (GSA) has found more than a third of Year 13 pupils at independent schools expressed concern about peer pressure at university, such as in the form of initiation rites. By Catherine Lough, Tes. The article quotes Chris Ramsey, head of Whitgift School and co-chair of the HMC Universities Committee.

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Tes

Headteachers warned private schools in China face "extraordinary scrutiny"

 

Speaking at the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference (HMC), Richard Gaskell, schools director at ISC Research, told delegates there is a "backlash" against institutions which have set up sister schools or franchises in China, particularly those perceived by the Chinese government as "creaming off" the best pupils. By Camilla Turner, The Telegraph.

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The Telegraph

Henley Literary Festival: Old Etonians and transgender pupils

 

Speaking at the Henley Literary Festival, Tony Little, a former independent school head, expressed his concern that some members of the Conservative Party 'have given Eton a bad name'. He highlighted some of the achievements of "unsung Old Etonians", and described Britain's independent schools as "beacons of excellence around the world". By David Sanderson, The Times.

Clarissa Farr, a former independent school head who also spoke at the Henley Literary Festival, has said some single-sex schools encounter difficulties when pupils express a desire to change or modify their gender identity. By David Sanderson, The Times.

Consultation launched on new standards code for Scottish teachers

 

The General Teaching Council for Scotland has launched a consultation to refresh the professional code for Scottish teachers, and will seek the input of teachers and the wider public. By Jamie McIvor, BBC News.

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BBC

 

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