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Daily News Summary
13 September 2019

image Leaked document outlines Labour's tax plans for independent schools
image Education secretary warns universities over grade inflation and unconditional offers
image 'It is important that university students still receive support'
image First aid lessons to be rolled out in schools
image Figures indicate one in seven NQTs drop out in first year
image Report calls for a ban on unhealthy food outlets near schools

Leaked document outlines Labour's tax plans for independent schools

 

The Telegraph reports Labour plans to remove business rates relief for independent schools, impose VAT on fees, and consider the possibility of abolishing private schools, should the Party enter into power. By Harry Yorke. Barnaby Lenon, chairman of the Independent Schools Council, is quoted.

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The Baines Cutler report referenced in the article can be found here.

Education secretary warns universities over grade inflation and unconditional offers

 

Gavin Williamson, the education secretary, has warned universities that standards are being "undermined" by grade inflation and unconditional offers, which could lead employers to "lose faith" in degrees. By Will Hazell, iNews.

The Times reports Birmingham University has stopped making unconditional offers to students amid growing pressure from Government ministers. By Rosemary Bennett, The Times.

'It is important that university students still receive support'

 

Chris Ramsey, head of Whitgift School and chair of the HMC & GSA's Universities Committee, argues "finishing school should be the start of adulthood, but not a door closed on support". Tes.

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Tes

First aid lessons to be rolled out in schools

 

Trials of first aid lessons are taking place in 1,600 schools across the country, with the classes set to become compulsory from 2020. BBC News.

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BBC

Figures indicate one in seven NQTs drop out in first year

 

According to statistics published by the Department for Education, 15.3 per cent of newly-qualified teachers (NQTs) who started teaching in 2017 were no longer in the profession last year. By Dave Speck, Tes.

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Tes

Report calls for a ban on unhealthy food outlets near schools

 

A report published by the Royal Society for Public Health has said junk food outlets within a five-minute walk of school gates should be 'banned' in order to tackle childhood obesity. Sky News.

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Sky News

 

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