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Daily News Summary
21 October 2019

image Independent school admits its first pupil part-funded by council
image 'We can learn from China's interest in independent schools'
image 'What the next Conservative election manifesto could mean for schools'
image Universities urged to demonstrate their value for money
image Doctors call for CPR and other life-saving skills to be taught in primary schools
image Opticians urge children to spend time outdoors to protect against myopia
image GCHQ target dyslexic people for analyst jobs
image Future Generations Commissioner calls for an end to GCSEs

Independent school admits its first pupil part-funded by council

 

Kingham Hill School, in Oxfordshire, has admitted its first student part-funded by local social services. The school will provide "assisted boarding" as an alternative to care and hopes the placement will be "the first of many". By Nicholas Hellen, The Sunday Times. The article quotes Nick Seward, head of Kingham Hill School.

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The Sunday Times

'We can learn from China's interest in independent schools'

 

In a comment piece for The Sunday Times, Gillian Bowditch compares attitudes towards independent schools in China and Britain. She criticises proposals to abolish independent schools, saying "we cannot afford to lose excellent schools and gifted teachers, however they are funded".

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The Sunday Times

'What the next Conservative election manifesto could mean for schools'

 

Ed Dorrell writes in Tes outlining what he believes will be the education policies put forward in the next Conservative Party manifesto, and explores how these might impact on schools. Tes.

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Tes

Universities urged to demonstrate their value for money

 

Universities UK is calling on universities to provide students with detailed breakdowns of how they spend tuition fees and other income. By Will Hazell, iNews.

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iNews

Doctors call for CPR and other life-saving skills to be taught in primary schools

 

Medical experts have called for children as young as nine to be taught basic life-saving skills in an effort to improve cardiac arrest survival rates. By Alec Fullerton, Daily Mail.

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Daily Mail

Opticians urge children to spend time outdoors to protect against myopia

 

Researchers have said youngsters should spend at least two hours a day outdoors to protect against the development of myopia, with figures showing about 20 per cent of under-16s are short-sighted. By Jonathan Leake, The Sunday Times.

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The Sunday Times

GCHQ target dyslexic people for analyst jobs

 

Jeremy Fleming, director of GCHQ, has revealed the organisation is hoping to attract dyslexic people to apply for analyst roles. By Camilla Turner, The Telegraph.

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The Telegraph

Future Generations Commissioner calls for an end to GCSEs

 

Sophie Howe, the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales, has suggested GCSEs are not fit for purpose, and should be replaced by more skills-based assessments. By Eleanor Gruffydd-Jones, BBC News.

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BBC

 

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