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Daily News Summary
10 September 2019

image The Guardian commentary: Labour Against Private Schools and Private School Policy Reform
image Letters: 'Independent schools can play a meaningful role in advancing social mobility'
image Regulator warns universities must continue to widen access for disadvantaged students
image Review calls for all watches to be 'banned from exam halls'
image Boris Johnson announces plans for free school expansion
image GPs urge ministers to make the MMR vaccine compulsory
image Charlotte Church announces plans to open school in her home

The Guardian commentary: Labour Against Private Schools and Private School Policy Reform

 

Writing in The Guardian, Melissa Benn outlines the aims of Labour Against Private Schools (Laps), which set up the Abolish Eton campaign, and Private School Policy Reform (PSPR), a pressure group calling for reform to the independent sector.

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The Guardian

Letters: 'Independent schools can play a meaningful role in advancing social mobility'

 

Writing in The Times, Richard Russell, head of Colfe's School, urges the Labour Party to 'consider how independent schools could be used to advance social mobility', rather than 'mindlessly abolishing' them. The letter can be found a quarter of the way down the page.

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The Times

Regulator warns universities must continue to widen access for disadvantaged students

 

The Office for Students has warned it will intervene if selective universities fail to demonstrate sufficient progress in tackling gaps between disadvantaged students and their peers. By Eleanor Busby, The Independent.

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The Independent

Review calls for all watches to be 'banned from exam halls'

 

A review commissioned by exam boards has concluded all watches should be prohibited in exam halls to discourage cheating, as it is becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish between traditional watches and those with internet access. By Sean Coughlan, BBC News.

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BBC

Boris Johnson announces plans for free school expansion

 

The prime minister has pledged to create thousands more school places as part of his plans to expand free schools across the country. By Dave Speck, Tes.

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Tes

GPs urge ministers to make the MMR vaccine compulsory

 

Four leading GPs have written to ministers urging them to make the MMR vaccine compulsory for young children starting primary school. By Nadeem Badshah, The Times.

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The Times

Charlotte Church announces plans to open school in her home

 

Charlotte Church is planning to establish a non-fee-paying school in her home as part of The Awen Project, an initiative she hopes will develop into a charity to set up other independent schools. BBC News.

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BBC

 

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