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Daily News Summary
7 October 2019

image Letters: 'Prep schools respond imaginatively and effectively to change'
image Independent schools use online networks to offer alumni careers support
image Abolishing independent schools would 'throw the baby out with the bathwater'
image Report reveals rise in private school fees
image Plans for UK state grammar schools to admit Chinese pupils 'to ease funding pressures'
image Newly-qualified teachers in science and MFL to receive retention payments
image The Telegraph launches a guide to private education

Letters: 'Prep schools respond imaginatively and effectively to change'

 

Writing in The Times, Christopher King, chief executive of the Independent Association of Prep Schools, rejects claims the Common Entrance is 'dying', saying 'like prep schools themselves, the exam will adapt and evolve to meet the needs of pupils'.

In a separate letter, Alastair Speers, head of Sandroyd School, highlights "the significant number of thriving prep schools that have seen unprecedented pupil numbers over the past few years". Both letters can be found a quarter of the way down the page.

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The Times

Independent schools use online networks to offer alumni careers support

 

Independent schools are increasingly using technology to offer careers support and advice to their alumni, with some introducing digital apps to help students form connections. By Tom Ball, The Times.

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The Times

Abolishing independent schools would 'throw the baby out with the bathwater'

 

Writing in The Times, Magnus Bashaarat, head of Bedales School, cautions against plans to abolish independent schools, arguing they "have much to offer in terms of innovation, approach and culture".

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The Times

Report reveals rise in private school fees

 

According to a new report, the cost of a private education is more than 50 per cent higher than for those who started school 15 years ago. By Ali Hussain, The Sunday Times.

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The Sunday Times

Plans for UK state grammar schools to admit Chinese pupils 'to ease funding pressures'

 

Under new plans being developed with officials in China, 10 state grammar schools across the UK could be paid to teach thousands of Chinese teenagers and support them in applying to British universities. By Sian Griffiths, The Sunday Times.

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The Sunday Times

Newly-qualified teachers in science and MFL to receive retention payments

 

The Department for Education has announced newly-qualified teachers in science and modern foreign languages (MFL) who work in "high needs" areas will receive £9,000 on top of their salaries as an incentive to continue teaching. By Dave Speck, Tes.

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Tes

The Telegraph launches a guide to private education

 

The Telegraph has created a four-part newsletter series, with contributions from education experts, personal finance reporters, and heads of independent schools, for parents interested in privately educating their children. The article references the Independent Schools Council.

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The Telegraph

 

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