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Daily News Summary
26 April 2021

image Coronavirus: New teaching aid created to tackle vaccine hesitancy
image Exams 2021: 'The pandemic provides an opportunity to scrap GCSEs'
image Headteacher encourages students to call out sexual harassment
image Primary school children taught to reject 'sexist' language
image Plans to expand DofE scheme
image Number of heads earning more than £200k a year reaches record high
image 'Pisa results reveal little about our education system'
image Independent school launches esports league

Coronavirus: New teaching aid created to tackle vaccine hesitancy

 

Professor Heidi Larson, director of the Vaccine Confidence Project, has said teachers are "ideally placed to combat the UK's falling vaccination rates", as the Stephen Hawking Foundation launches a new teaching resource for schools on vaccine safety. By Claudia Civinini, Tes.

A YouGov survey has found that nearly one in four teachers received additional criticism from parents while teaching remotely during the pandemic. By Will Hazell, iNews.

David Woodgate, chief executive of the Independent Schools' Bursars Association, has said some schools are looking to monetise their remote learning to boost their income as they try to recover from pandemic-related costs. By Catherine Lough, Tes.

A new study has found that depression and anxiety has more than doubled among teenagers during the pandemic. By Tom Bawden, iNews.

Education experts and child psychologists are calling on the Government to use the pandemic as an opportunity to tackle the "scholarisation of childhood". By Sally Weale, The Guardian.

According to a survey by university rankings provider QS, 47 per cent of prospective international students said they would be more likely to choose to study in the UK due to the success of the vaccine rollout. By Rachel Hall, The Guardian.

 

Exams 2021: 'The pandemic provides an opportunity to scrap GCSEs'

 

Lord Kenneth Baker, a former education secretary who oversaw the creation of GCSEs, has said it is time to "seriously think about an alternative". By Luke Mintz, The Telegraph.

Schools Week reports some pupils and their families are still trying to appeal teacher-assessed grades eight months after they were awarded last year. By Samantha Booth.

 

Headteacher encourages students to call out sexual harassment

 

In the wake of sexual abuse allegations shared to the Everyone's Invited website, James Handscombe, the principal of Harris Westminster Sixth Form, has encouraged students at the school to be more like Harry Potter character Neville Longbottom and stand up to their friends by calling out any wrongdoing. By Emily Goddard, The Independent.

 
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The Independent

Primary school children taught to reject 'sexist' language

 

The Sunday Times features an article on Anderton Park primary school in Birmingham, where pupils are rewarded for challenging sexist language. By Sian Griffiths.

 
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The Sunday Times

Plans to expand DofE scheme

 

Ruth Marvel, chief executive of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award programme (DofE), has said she plans to expand the scheme to help young people recover from the pandemic. By Sian Griffiths, The Sunday Times.

According to The Sunday Times, the late Duke of Edinburgh is inspiring a new generation to study at Gordonstoun, his former school. By Jeremy Watson.

 

Number of heads earning more than £200k a year reaches record high

 

An investigation by Schools Week has found that 29 academy trust chief executives now earn at least £200,000 a year, with warnings of a "super league" emerging among leaders. By Tom Belger.

 
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Schools Week

'Pisa results reveal little about our education system'

 

Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, writes in Tes questioning the value of Pisa results, saying "a single strand of data does not do justice to our schools".

 
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Tes

Independent school launches esports league

 

The Sunday Times features an article on Millfield School, where a new computer games league has been created for pupils passionate about esports. By Sian Griffiths.

 
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The Sunday Times

 

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