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Daily News Summary
16 September 2019

image Independent schools sector warns Labour over 'dangerous' VAT on fees plan
image 'How to find out about fee assistance at independent schools'
image 'Are school uniforms important these days?'
image The Sunday Times' Scottish independent schools review
image Education secretary suggests unconditional uni offers may breach consumer law
image No-deal Brexit fears prompt universities to stockpile supplies
image 'Are GCSEs a necessary qualification?'
image 'Girls' rights ignored in new guidelines on transgender pupils'

Independent schools sector warns Labour over 'dangerous' VAT on fees plan

 

Tes has reported on statements published by the Independent Schools Council (ISC) and the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference (HMC) in response to a reported Labour plan to impose VAT on school fees should the party come into power. By Dave Speck and Tes reporter.

HMC's executive director, Mike Buchanan, writes in The Telegraph, calling for "a new conversation, about all types of schools working together to improve education".

James Tooley, professor of educational entrepreneurship and policy at the University of Buckingham, also writes in The Telegraph about this topic. He states "what Labour Party activists are proposing is illegal under European (and now British) Law".

'How to find out about fee assistance at independent schools'

 

The Financial Times' 'Money Mentor' features a report looking at fee assistance provided by independent schools. By Lindsay Cook. The article quotes ISC chief executive Julie Robinson and references a number of schools in membership of the ISC's constituent associations.

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Financial Times

'Are school uniforms important these days?'

 

iNews features an in-depth look at the different approaches schools take over uniform policies. By Will Hazel. The article quotes Neil Roskilly, chief executive of the Independent Schools Association (ISA) and Alistair McConville, deputy head at Bedales School.

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iNews

The Sunday Times' Scottish independent schools review

 

A number of independent schools are featured in The Sunday Times' Scottish independent schools review. Articles look at the growing popularity of apprenticeships, schools cutting down their carbon footprint, the benefits associated with outdoor learning and the importance of healthy eating. By Gabriella Bennett.

Education secretary suggests unconditional uni offers may breach consumer law

 

Gavin Williamson has voiced concern about universities using unconditional offers, suggesting they could be breaching consumer law. By Nicola Woolcock, The Times.

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The Times

No-deal Brexit fears prompt universities to stockpile supplies

 

A study by Universities UK has revealed some universities have begun stockpiling supplies due to concerns about leaving the EU without a deal. By Eleanor Busby, The Independent.

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The Independent

'Are GCSEs a necessary qualification?'

 

Dr Bernard Trafford, a former independent school headteacher, writes in Tes about whether it is necessary to have a national qualification for 16-year-olds.

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Tes

'Girls' rights ignored in new guidelines on transgender pupils'

 

Criticism has been levelled at new guidelines on transgender pupils after a leaked document from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) was seen by The Sunday Times. By Nicholas Hellen and Sian Griffiths.

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The Sunday Times

 

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