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Daily News Summary
29 January 2020

image Top universities told to widen access to disadvantaged students
image Study suggests teachers in England have 'second-lowest levels of autonomy'
image House of Lords: looked-after and adopted children
image Offering praise 'helps pupils to focus in class'
image Research links screen time to physical activity levels in later childhood

Top universities told to widen access to disadvantaged students

 

The Office for Students (OfS) has called on top universities in England to significantly increase places for disadvantaged students, in an effort to halve the "access gap" within higher education in the next five years. By Sean Coughlan, BBC News. The article quotes Mike Buchanan, executive director of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference.

Mr Buchanan also spoke on BBC Radio 4's Today Programme (listen from 2:45:00) and LBC (listen from 2:28:00). During the discussion, he highlighted how independent schools are "channels for disadvantaged kids to get into the most selective universities", adding "to use a crude measure of school type to discriminate will simply stop that flow".

You can read the ISC's statement in response to the OfS report here.

 

Study suggests teachers in England have 'second-lowest levels of autonomy'

 

According to a report published by the National Federation for Educational Research, teachers in England have the second-lowest levels of autonomy when compared with those working in other professions. By Catherine Lough, Tes.

 
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Tes

House of Lords: looked-after and adopted children

 

As part of a wider discussion on provision for looked-after and adopted children, Lord Lexden, president of the Independent Schools Association, asked the Government if plans to enable looked-after children to access a boarding education had progressed.

 
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Hansard

Offering praise 'helps pupils to focus in class'

 

New research suggests praising pupils is a more effective method of improving class behaviour than reprimanding them for being disruptive. By Eleanor Busby, The Independent.

 
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The Independent

Research links screen time to physical activity levels in later childhood

 

A study has found toddlers who have three or more hours of screen time at the age of two do less physical activity in later childhood. By Henry Bodkin, The Telegraph.

 
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The Telegraph

 

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