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Daily News Summary
8 January 2020

image 2020 GSA president on eco-conscious pupils, banning mobile phones, GCSEs, and the rise of Mandarin
image Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry to turn attention to boarding schools
image Elizabeth College to become fully co-educational
image 'The NEU is no longer relevant to teachers'
image House of Lords: parliamentary question on support for schools in responding to eating disorders
image Campaigners call for schools to introduce nude art classes

2020 GSA president on eco-conscious pupils, banning mobile phones, GCSEs, and the rise of Mandarin

 

Jane Prescott, the new president of the Girls' Schools Association (GSA), has suggested more schools might move their trips closer to home as pupils become increasingly interested in reducing their carbon footprint. By Eleanor Busby, The Independent.

The Times reports on comments from Ms Prescott on the issue of banning mobile phones. She argued schools should "show the positive aspects of having a mobile phone", adding children should be educated on appropriate mobile usage. By Rosemary Bennett. BBC Breakfast features a segment on the topic, with Ms Prescott saying: "I think that schools should look at the usefulness of mobile phones, and how they can be used for research and helping children organise their daily life." The discussion commences at 1:38:40.

Ms Prescott, who is also head of Portsmouth High School, has said she hopes to introduce a "junior" version of the extended project qualification for her GCSE pupils. She argues replacing a GCSE with an extended project qualification could improve pupils' mental health and "encourage young people to research topics that genuinely interest them". By Catherine Lough, Tes.

According to a survey of GSA headteachers, 38 per cent believe Mandarin is the most important language for students to learn, despite pupils' ability to progress quicker in European languages. In response to the findings, Ms Prescott said: "We perhaps need to look at our European neighbours and how they teach languages from quite an early age." By Catherine Lough, Tes.

 

Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry to turn attention to boarding schools

 

The Times reports the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry is to focus on investigations into abuse in boarding schools. By Marc Horne.

 
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The Times

Elizabeth College to become fully co-educational

 

Elizabeth College, a boys independent school in Guernsey, is to accept girls from 2021. BBC News. The article quotes Jenny Palmer, principal of Elizabeth College.

 
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BBC

'The NEU is no longer relevant to teachers'

 

David James, an independent school deputy head (academic), writes in Tes in response to an article written by Robin Bevan, an executive member of the NEU. He criticises the NEU's 'lack of support' for the independent sector, asking: "Why does a union need to be reminded of its fundamental duty to support all of its members?"

 
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Tes

House of Lords: parliamentary question on support for schools in responding to eating disorders

 

As part of a discussion on the rise of hospital admissions for eating disorders, Lord Lexden asked what progress the Government had made in providing schools with the support needed to respond to mental health issues. Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford said the Government is introducing "new school and college-based mental health support teams" and piloting "four-week waiting times" to improve access to mental health services.

 
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Hansard

Campaigners call for schools to introduce nude art classes

 

Campaigners have called for life drawing classes to be introduced in schools, arguing they can help tackle body image issues in children and young people. By Craig Simpson, The Telegraph.

 
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The Telegraph

 

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