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Daily News Summary
7 December 2021

image Coronavirus: Just 8 per cent of target pupils have accessed DfE catch-up tutoring
image Matt Hancock to propose a bill that makes it mandatory to test all children for dyslexia
image ISC blog: Sustainability at Sevenoaks School
image Report Abuse in Education helpline has received more than 850 calls since last April
image Social mobility chief says she ‘feels sorry’ for independently educated children
image Stephen Morgan named new shadow schools minister
image 'We need to ensure black students are inspired, represented and equipped with the confidence and skills to thrive in science'
image A detailed look at the DfE's targets for NPQ and ECF reforms
image Scottish Conservatives call for "intrusive" pupil survey to be withdrawn

Coronavirus: Just 8 per cent of target pupils have accessed DfE catch-up tutoring

 

According to figures from Randstad, the company the Department for Education (DfE) has tasked to deliver its COVID recovery efforts, just 8 per cent of the pupils the Government aimed to reach with its COVID catch-up tutoring programme in 2021-22 have started their tuition. By Catherine Lough and Mary-Louise Clews, Tes.

In the wake of the murder of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes, Nadhim Zahawi has assured MPs that the Department for Education is working with other agencies to identify children who have dropped off the radar during the pandemic and get the 100,000 “ghost” children back to school. By Harry Yorke, The Telegraph.

 

Matt Hancock to propose a bill that makes it mandatory to test all children for dyslexia

 

Matt Hancock is set to introduce a bill in the House of Commons today that would make it mandatory to test all children for dyslexia before secondary school. He said: "It is quite a scandal that an estimated four in five dyslexic children leave school with their dyslexia unidentified." Oliver Wright, The Times.

 
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The Times

ISC blog: Sustainability at Sevenoaks School

 

Hélène Bonsall and Cat Davison, of Sevenoaks School, detail how the school is putting sustainability at the forefront of its curriculum, ensuring students play a lead role in creating positive change.

 
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ISC

Report Abuse in Education helpline has received more than 850 calls since last April

 

According to data from the NSPCC children’s charity, more than 850 calls, many alleging sexual abuse and harassment in schools, have been made to a national helpline that was set up in light of the Everyone's Invited campaign. By Sally Weale, The Guardian.

 
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The Guardian

Social mobility chief says she ‘feels sorry’ for independently educated children

 

Katharine Birbalsingh, who was appointed as the chair of the Social Mobility Commission in October, has said she ‘feels sorry’ for some children in independent schools, claiming they are having to rely on their parents to hire personal tutors to support their learning. By Camilla Turner, The Telegraph.

 
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The Telegraph

Stephen Morgan named new shadow schools minister

 

Stephen Morgan, Labour MP for Portsmouth South and a former shadow defence minister, has been appointed the new shadow schools minister. Commenting on his new position, Mr Morgan tweeted: "I want schools to be the place where children aim high, work hard and achieve their dreams, regardless of their background." By Freddie Whittaker, Schools Week.

 
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Schools Week

'We need to ensure black students are inspired, represented and equipped with the confidence and skills to thrive in science'

 

Caitlin Brown, education manager at the British Science Association, explores how teachers can raise awareness and celebrate the work of black scientists in the curriculum. Independent Education Today.

 
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IE Today

A detailed look at the DfE's targets for NPQ and ECF reforms

 

Schools Week takes a closer look at the Government's newly published targets for its flagship teacher training reforms. By Tom Belger.

 
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Schools Week

Scottish Conservatives call for "intrusive" pupil survey to be withdrawn

 

Scottish Conservatives have called for a school survey that asks pupils about their level of sexual experience to be withdrawn after it emerged that the results are not confidential. Meghan Gallacher, the Scottish Conservative children’s spokeswoman, said: "A number of questions are overly intrusive and inappropriate for children to answer." By Kieran Andrews, The Times.

 
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The Times

 

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