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Daily News Summary
27 September 2019

image Labour proposals for private schools discussed on BBC's Question Time
image ISC blog: The importance of preparing students for the workplace
image 'Critical-thinking skills are vital for teenagers' online safety'
image More than half of young people in England now attend university, figures show
image Education secretary calls on universities to give disadvantaged students lower offers
image Concerns raised over alleged Brexit 'propaganda' broadcast to digital school noticeboards
image UK Space Agency launches scheme to get more children into STEM

Labour proposals for private schools discussed on BBC's Question Time

 

A portion of the debate featured on Question Time last night focused on Labour's proposals for private schools. Nick Thomas-Symonds, shadow solicitor general, said the illegal redistribution of assets "would not happen", and reiterated his Party's intention to introduce VAT on school fees and to remove independent schools' charitable status. James Cleverly, Conservative Party chairman, said it is 'perverse to criticise parents for making sacrifices to support their children's education'. Listen from 47:57.

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BBC iPlayer

ISC blog: The importance of preparing students for the workplace

 

Joseph Spence, head of Dulwich College, discusses the value careers-based workshops can bring to independent schools and their state school partners.

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ISC

'Critical-thinking skills are vital for teenagers' online safety'

 

Tony Little, former independent school head and board member at GEMS Education, outlines some of the challenges facing adolescents today, and argues teenagers must learn critical-thinking skills "to stay safe online". Tes.

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Tes

More than half of young people in England now attend university, figures show

 

Department for Education figures for 2017-2018 reveal 50.2 per cent of people in England are going into higher education, passing the symbolic 50 per cent mark set by Tony Blair almost 20 years ago. By Sean Coughlan, BBC News.

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BBC

Education secretary calls on universities to give disadvantaged students lower offers

 

Gavin Williamson, the education secretary, has suggested more universities should adopt contextual admissions policies to widen access for disadvantaged students. By Will Hazell, iNews.

Speaking to Schools Week, Gavin Williamson has expressed support for proposals for a teaching apprenticeship for non-graduates, arguing the Government 'should not limit talent'. By Freddie Whittaker.

Concerns raised over alleged Brexit 'propaganda' broadcast to digital school noticeboards

 

MPs and teachers have expressed concern over a presentation on Boris Johnson and his Brexit stance, which was allegedly broadcast to 3,000 digital noticeboards in schools "without the prior consent" of headteachers. By Eleanor Busby, The Independent.

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The Independent

UK Space Agency launches scheme to get more children into STEM

 

The UK Space Agency has announced a new scheme aimed at promoting STEM careers to children and young people. By Kate Rimmington, BBC News.

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BBC

 

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