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Daily News Summary
11 June 2021

image Ofsted accused of a "massive safeguarding failure" in light of sexual abuse review
image Exams 2021: Most teachers report having problems with this year's grading, survey shows
image Coronavirus: Face masks and onsite testing remain in some schools in Delta hotspots
image Campaigners fear "hostile environment" over EU pupils' immigration status
image Spotlight On: KCS Wimbledon’s GCSE reinforcement sessions
image 20,000 students see their university offers automatically rejected following UCAS glitch
image Call for "urgent clarity" over PE and sport premium
image Harrow School set to open campus in Japan

Ofsted accused of a "massive safeguarding failure" in light of sexual abuse review

 

Conservative MP Maria Miller has accused Ofsted of a "massive safeguarding failure", after a report by the inspectorate revealed the scale of sexual harassment and abuse in schools. By Sally Weale, The Guardian.

Children's minister Vicky Ford has urged parents to use filters on their children's phones and their home broadband to protect them from pornography. By Will Hazell, iNews.

According to an Ofsted survey, some girls can be contacted by up to 11 boys a night asking for nude photos. By Katherine Sellgren and Ella Wills, BBC News.

Writing in The Telegraph, Soma Sara, founder of Everyone's Invited, reflects on Ofsted's review findings, saying: "The normalisation of sexual harassment and online sexual abuse is no shock to me or to the rest of my generation."

A tenth of all schools and colleges in England have been named on the Everyone's Invited website, where young people are sharing accounts of rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment. By Samantha Booth, Schools Week.

The Times reports more than 40 testimonies of sexual abuse among primary school children have been reported to the Everyone's Invited website. By Emma Yeomans.

According to a survey by Tes, 85 per cent of teachers and school staff think schools are being "unfairly blamed" for problems that should be addressed by parents, the Government and wider society. By Claudia Civinini. Other findings from Tes suggest more than three in four teachers and school staff believe the Ofsted review into sexual abuse in schools will have 'little to no effect'. By Claudia Civinini.

Eleanor Mills, the founder and editor in chief of Noon, a platform for women in midlife, writes in The Telegraph about the effects of online pornography, saying: "We owe it to our young people to have awkward conversations about what loving sex looks like."

 

Exams 2021: Most teachers report having problems with this year's grading, survey shows

 

According to a Tes survey, 94 per cent of teachers report having at least "some" problems with this year's grading process. By Catherine Lough. Other poll findings from Tes suggest nearly two-thirds of teachers grading this year's GCSEs and A-levels have lost at least a week of their own time to the process. By Catherine Lough.

First minister Nicola Sturgeon has been accused of overseeing a "more sleekit" repeat of last year's exams crisis, with pupils' grades alleged to be lowered "based solely on where they go to school". By Simon Johnson, The Telegraph.

Ms Sturgeon has said Scottish teachers will be challenged by council officials if their grades for pupils are deemed out of the ordinary. By Chris Green, iNews.

 

Coronavirus: Face masks and onsite testing remain in some schools in Delta hotspots

 

Schools Week reports face mask rules are still in place in a number of schools in Delta COVID variant hotspots, while some have resumed onsite testing. By Freddie Whittaker.

Yvonne Williams, who has spent 22 years as a head of English, writes in Tes praising pastoral and curriculum leaders for "keeping the education ship afloat during the pandemic".

Carole Thorpe, president of the Educational Institute of Scotland, has warned there will continue to be "a huge increase" in the need for mental health support for pupils as a result of the pandemic. By Emma Seith, Tes.

Researchers have warned that mass school closures in low and middle income countries could "affect this generation forever". By Jennifer Rigby, The Telegraph.

 

Campaigners fear "hostile environment" over EU pupils' immigration status

 

Campaigners and headteachers have warned that schools could face "inappropriate" pressure to check EU pupils' immigration status from next month, as the deadline to apply for settled status approaches. By Tom Belger, Schools Week.

 
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Schools Week

Spotlight On: KCS Wimbledon’s GCSE reinforcement sessions

 

In the ISC's latest 'Spotlight On' blog, Peter Hatch, director of partnerships and outreach at King’s College School, Wimbledon, explains how an academic partnership with six local schools supported GCSE pupils virtually during lockdown.

If you are interested in writing about a partnership project or outreach initiative at your school as part of our 'Spotlight On' series, please email emily.roberts@isc.co.uk to find out more.

 
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ISC

20,000 students see their university offers automatically rejected following UCAS glitch

 

Schools Week reports a glitch in UCAS's system automatically rejected the university offers of tens of thousands of students yesterday. By Billy Camden.

 
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Schools Week

Call for "urgent clarity" over PE and sport premium

 

The leaders of 40 charities and sporting organisations have written to the Government amid uncertainty over the future of the £320 million PE and sport premium. By Freddie Whittaker, Schools Week.

 
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Schools Week

Harrow School set to open campus in Japan

 

Harrow School plans to open its first Japanese branch, hosting up to 912 boarders aged 11 to 18, in August 2022. By Georgia Simcox, The Mail.

 
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Daily Mail

 

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