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Daily News Summary
27 January 2020

image Independent schools are 'closely monitoring' coronavirus outbreak
image 'Schools should encourage more boys to pursue careers in female-dominated professions'
image Report identifies "persisting gender gap" within modern foreign languages
image Independent school introduces "basic necessities" qualification
image 'Children should be encouraged to use their own voices from an early age'
image 'Grammar schools offer students a magic formula'
image ISC blog: The value of teaching environmental education in schools

Independent schools are 'closely monitoring' coronavirus outbreak

 

Independent school associations have issued guidance in response to the coronavirus outbreak, saying while there is "no immediate cause for concern", schools should "err on the side of caution" to minimise risks posed to staff and students. By Sarah Knapton and Jessica Carpani, The Telegraph. The article quotes the Girls' Schools Association, Robin Fletcher, chief executive of the Boarding Schools' Association, and a spokesman for the Girls' Day School Trust. The article also references statistics from the Independent Schools Council.

 
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The Telegraph

'Schools should encourage more boys to pursue careers in female-dominated professions'

 

Philip Britton, head of Bolton School Boys' Division, has said schools could do more to advance gender equality by encouraging boys to consider going into female-dominated professions. By Will Hazell, iNews. The article mentions Loughborough Grammar School.

 
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iNews

Report identifies "persisting gender gap" within modern foreign languages

 

According to a report from the British Council, boys are underrepresented in modern foreign languages, and girls are more than twice as likely to achieve a pass in a language GCSE. By Eleanor Busby, The Independent.

 
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The Independent

Independent school introduces "basic necessities" qualification

 

Bedales School is launching an alternative qualification to A-levels called Living with the Land, which combines "traditional building, cooking and craft skills with aspects of ecology, sustainability and community". By Will Hazell, iNews. The article quotes Magnus Bashaarat, head of the school.

The paper also reports on comments from Mr Bashaarat that GCSEs are "outdated" and should be scrapped. By Will Hazell.

 

'Children should be encouraged to use their own voices from an early age'

 

Martin Scott, head of The Old Hall School, has said parents should encourage their children to speak for themselves from an early age to help build their confidence in school. By Camilla Turner, The Telegraph.

 
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The Telegraph

'Grammar schools offer students a magic formula'

 

Tes features a profile piece on Mark Fenton, chief executive officer of the Grammar School Heads Association. By Dave Speck.

 
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Tes

ISC blog: The value of teaching environmental education in schools

 

Roxanne Irani, teacher of biology, environmental systems and societies and theory of knowledge at King Edward's School, Birmingham, describes how her pupils benefit from reconnecting with nature.

 
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ISC

 

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