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Daily News Summary
3 September 2019

image SQA warns against cutting independent school tax relief
image Majority of parents support apprenticeships over university, study finds
image 'It's time to review Oxbridge admissions'
image Figures show most headteachers oppose reception baseline tests
image Gavin Williamson expresses support for headteachers excluding badly-behaved pupils
image Charities warn thousands of vulnerable EU children risk losing their rights after Brexit

SQA warns against cutting independent school tax relief

 

The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) has warned government plans to remove rates relief for independent schools could put Scottish exams "at risk", as around 10 per cent of teachers responsible for setting and marking the qualifications are from the private sector. By Emma Seith, Tes. Melvyn Roffe, principal of George Watson's College, is quoted.

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Tes

Majority of parents support apprenticeships over university, study finds

 

A survey commissioned by the Chartered Management Institute found 59 per cent of parents believe apprenticeships provide better job opportunities than university degrees. ITV News.

Tes reports on the survey's findings in regards to T-levels. While only 29 per cent of parents were aware of the new courses, upon hearing more about them, 72 per cent agreed the qualifications will provide young people with the skills needed for the workplace.

'It's time to review Oxbridge admissions'

 

Lee Elliot Major, professor of social mobility at the University of Exeter, argues a review of Oxbridge admissions systems could encourage the universities to further 'diversify' their cohorts. The Guardian.

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The Guardian

Figures show most headteachers oppose reception baseline tests

 

A survey carried out by University College London's Institute of Education revealed 73 per cent of headteachers expressed negative views towards proposed tests for four-year-olds. By Andy Gregory, The Independent.

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The Independent

Gavin Williamson expresses support for headteachers excluding badly-behaved pupils

 

Education secretary Gavin Williamson has said headteachers who decide to suspend or expel badly-behaved pupils 'have his full backing', highlighting the importance of 'enforcing proper and full discipline and protecting the interests of schools as a whole'. By Rosemary Bennett, The Times.

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The Times

Charities warn thousands of vulnerable EU children risk losing their rights after Brexit

 

Campaigners have warned thousands of EU children in Britain risk becoming undocumented, as only a small proportion have successfully applied for settled status. By May Bulman, The Independent.

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The Independent

 

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