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Daily News Summary
22 March 2021

image Exams 2021: Call for 'clear instructions about the production of model answers'
image Coronavirus: 'School nurses could help pupils recover from the pandemic'
image Independent schools urge students to report incidents of harassment and abuse
image 'Bursary pupils help independent schools to develop a sharper academic culture'
image 'Female fight club' launched to teach pupils boardroom skills
image Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry: Almost 300 teachers in independent schools are not registered
image All children in Welsh schools to be taught BAME history
image Independent school becomes the first to offer a skateboarding scholarship

Exams 2021: Call for 'clear instructions about the production of model answers'

 

Barnaby Lenon, an Ofqual adviser and chairman of the Independent Schools Council (ISC), has warned of the potential for some pupils to gain an advantage over their peers, after it was revealed that students would have advance sight of this year's assessment materials. By Camilla Turner, The Telegraph.

A new report has claimed there was a "gaping hole" in the Government's preparation for the cancellation of GCSE and A-level exams. By John Roberts, Tes.

 

Coronavirus: 'School nurses could help pupils recover from the pandemic'

 

Dame Donna Kinnair, the chief executive and general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, is calling for every school to have its own full-time nurse to help spot pupils' physical and mental illnesses. By Denis Campbell, The Observer.

A new report has found that approximately four million children live in a family that has lost income during the pandemic. By Gurpreet Narwan, The Times.

Schools Week summarises key findings from a report by the National Foundation for Educational Research, which explores the impact of the pandemic on the teacher workforce. By James Carr.

According to The Guardian, tutors in Sri Lanka are earning as little as £1.57 an hour teaching maths to pupils in England under the National Tutoring Programme (NTP). By Sally Weale. In a separate article, Richard Adams explores the Government's decision to turn to private providers for the NTP, arguing the programme "would be more effective if schools received the funding directly".

BBC News reports on findings from a Newsround survey, exploring the impact the pandemic has had on children in the UK. By Richard Atherton.

Speaking to The Sunday Times, several children share their experiences of lockdown. By Bex Day.

 

Independent schools urge students to report incidents of harassment and abuse

 

Barnaby Lenon, chairman of the ISC, has urged students who have suffered sexual harassment or abuse to "report problems in person to the school so that they can be investigated". By Camilla Turner and Claudia Rowan, The Telegraph.

Annabel Heseltine writes in The Telegraph in response to the testimonies of survivors uploaded to Everyone's Invited, saying adults and parents "have allowed a culture of disrespect to be normalised and for this we are all responsible".

Speaking to The Telegraph, a former independent school pupil shares their experience of sexual harassment and abuse, arguing "having genuine accountability for these behaviours is the only real way forward". By Maighna Nanu.

Rosamund McNeil, assistant general secretary of the National Education Union, has questioned the lack of a national strategy to tackle sexism in schools, saying: "It needs to be a bigger focus of the curriculum if we're going to make progress." By Jessica Murray, The Guardian.

The Times features advice from experts in the field of child psychology on how parents should raise their sons to challenge misogyny and sexism. By Phil Robinson.

 

'Bursary pupils help independent schools to develop a sharper academic culture'

 

An article in The Times explores how a growing number of independent schools are offering bursaries and scholarships to bright pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. By Nicola Woolcock. The article quotes Guy Ayling, head of Mount Kelly, and mentions several other schools in membership of the ISC's constituent associations.

 
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The Times

'Female fight club' launched to teach pupils boardroom skills

 

Libby Nicholas, managing director at Dukes Education, which runs 16 independent schools across England and Wales, has launched a "female fight club" to teach teenage girls how to succeed in the workplace. By Camilla Turner, The Telegraph. The article quotes Nina Gunson, headmistress at Sheffield High School for Girls.

 
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The Telegraph

Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry: Almost 300 teachers in independent schools are not registered

 

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry has heard that 294 teachers in Scottish independent schools are not yet registered with the General Teaching Council for Scotland. The article quotes John Edward, director of the Scottish Council of Independent Schools. Tes.

 
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Tes

All children in Welsh schools to be taught BAME history

 

Education minister Kirsty Williams has said all children in Wales will be taught about racism and the contributions of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities under changes to the new curriculum. By Liz Clements and Rachel Flint, BBC News.

 
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BBC

Independent school becomes the first to offer a skateboarding scholarship

 

The Times features an article on Brighton Girls, which is to become the first school in Britain to offer a scholarship in skateboarding. By Jaya Narain. The article quotes Rosie McColl, the head of the school.

 
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The Times

 

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