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Daily News Summary
4 September 2019

image 'The real picture of independent schools today'
image 'There may be room for grade 10 at GCSE'
image Number of complaints made against top exam boards doubles in two years
image Celebrities help launch back to school anti-bullying campaign
image Transgender children undergoing medial treatment risk 'serious harm'
image Children in poverty are struggling at school, report warns

'The real picture of independent schools today'

 

David James, deputy head of Bryanston School, argues many claims about 'independent school privilege' in the current political climate are "unfounded". Tes.

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Tes

'There may be room for grade 10 at GCSE'

 

Barnaby Lenon, chairman of the Independent Schools Council, has suggested there 'may be room' for a GCSE grade 10 in the future, after a growing number of independent schools reported grade 9 as their most common grade this year. By Catherine Lough, Tes.

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Tes

Number of complaints made against top exam boards doubles in two years

 

New statistics released by exam regulator Ofqual show 143 complaints were made against AQA, Pearson and OCR in 2018-19, up 91 per cent from 2016-17. By Kathryn Snowdon, Schools Week.

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Schools Week

Celebrities help launch back to school anti-bullying campaign

 

A number of celebrities have shared their own experiences of school bullying as part of a new campaign launched by The Diana Award, which is aimed at students going back to school this September. By Olivia Petter, The Independent.

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The Independent

Transgender children undergoing medical treatment risk 'serious harm'

 

A leading psychiatrist has warned transgender children who are medically treated risk "serious and irreversible damage", and criticised lobby groups for 'shutting down' debate about transgenderism and gender dysphoria. By Camilla Turner, The Telegraph.

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The Telegraph

Children in poverty are struggling at school, report warns

 

According to a poll conducted by charity Buttle UK, a lack of meals and sleep along with expensive school uniforms and transport costs are all issues affecting the education of children living in poverty. By Eleanor Busby, The Independent.

BBC News reports on the results of a National Governance Association survey, which identify an increase in the number of schools in England setting up food banks to help feed pupils and their families. By Sean Coughlan.

 

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