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Daily News Summary
9 January 2020

image Report calls for compulsory foreign language lessons in schools
image 'Record number' of girls signing up for GCHQ cyber security competition
image 'The international sector offers different recruitment opportunities for UK schools'
image Education secretary: 'We must enter 2020 with a renewed sense of purpose'
image Campaign to embed black British history into the national curriculum
image Linguistics expert warns against slang bans in schools

Report calls for compulsory foreign language lessons in schools

 

A report from the Higher Education Policy Institute has found that just 32 per cent of young people in the UK have the ability to read or write in more than one language, prompting calls for language learning to be compulsory for pupils up to the age of 16. By Richard Adams, The Guardian.

 
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The Guardian

'Record number' of girls signing up for GCHQ cyber security competition

 

The Sun reports 520 schools have signed up for the fourth CyberFirst girls competition; a contest designed to encourage more young girls to consider a career in cyber security. Schools have until January 21 to register their teams. By Rebekah Pemberton. The article mentions the Royal Masonic School for Girls.

 
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The Sun

'The international sector offers different recruitment opportunities for UK schools'

 

Simon O'Connor, principal at Jumeirah College in Dubai, writes in Tes arguing international teachers can bring their global perspectives and experiences back to UK schools amid the ongoing recruitment crisis. The article references a report commissioned by the Council of British International Schools.

 
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Tes

Education secretary: 'We must enter 2020 with a renewed sense of purpose'

 

Education secretary Gavin Williamson writes in Tes encouraging teachers to "start this brand-new decade with a brand-new sense of self-belief and ambition".

 
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Tes

Campaign to embed black British history into the national curriculum

 

Education campaigners have developed a "black curriculum" in an effort to ensure all pupils between the ages of eight and 16 are taught about black history throughout the academic year. By Sally Weale, The Guardian.

 
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The Guardian

Linguistics expert warns against slang bans in schools

 

According to a new study by Ian Cushing, an education lecturer and linguistics expert, banning the use of non-standard English words in schools can cause pupils "long-term damage" and discourage them from participating in class discussions. By Catherine Lough, Tes.

 
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Tes

 

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