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Daily News Summary
16 November 2021

image The current exam and school system lacks relevance, HMC report finds
image Coronavirus: 16 and 17-year-olds to be offered second vaccine dose
image FE reforms to be delayed by a year
image Concerns remain over abusive content targeting teachers on TikTok
image DfE outlines plans to start iQTS pilot next September
image Specialist NHS clinics to support severely obese children with weight loss
image Renewed calls to scrap early years' testing in Scottish schools

The current exam and school system lacks relevance, HMC report finds

 

A new report from the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference (HMC) has called for an overhaul of GCSEs and the school curriculum, warning "our current education system is falling a long way short in offering a relevant education which promotes the breadth of knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary for young people to thrive in the modern world". The author of the report, Sarah Fletcher, high mistress of St Paul’s Girls’ School and chair of HMC ‘Reform of Assessment’ working group, has called on the Government to appoint an independent and impartial individual or organisation to lead a wide consultation with educators, business, universities, parents and students to help inform the design of a new model of assessment. By Camilla Turner, The Telegraph. The article also quotes Richard Backhouse, the chairman of HMC and principal of Berkhamsted School.

 
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The Telegraph

Coronavirus: 16 and 17-year-olds to be offered second vaccine dose

 

Health secretary Sajid Javid has confirmed that all young people aged 16 and 17 will be offered a second dose of the COVID vaccine. By Freddie Whittaker, Schools Week.

A charity representing over 1,000 schools in the North East has called for a pause to Ofsted inspections to support teachers "exhausted" by the pandemic. Tes.

 

FE reforms to be delayed by a year

 

BBC News reports the Government is delaying changes to further education until 2024, following criticism over its plans to cut funding for BTECs.

 
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BBC

Concerns remain over abusive content targeting teachers on TikTok

 

Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, and Paul Whiteman, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, have warned of a "mismatch" between the action TikTok has taken to remove posts abusing teachers and members' reports of content that remains online. By Matilda Martin, Tes.

 
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Tes

DfE outlines plans to start iQTS pilot next September

 

The Department for Education (DfE) has announced plans for the international qualified teacher status (iQTS) qualification to start next year. The pilot scheme is designed to gauge how effectively the qualification can be delivered on a global basis, prior to a possible complete rollout in September 2023. By Dan Worth, Tes. The article references a quote from Colin Bell, CEO of the Council of British International Schools.

 
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Tes

Specialist NHS clinics to support severely obese children with weight loss

 

The Guardian reports 15 NHS clinics are to be set up in England to provide more than 1,000 children a year specialist treatment to support weight loss. By Caroline Davies.

 
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The Guardian

Renewed calls to scrap early years' testing in Scottish schools

 

According to The Times, opposition parties in Scotland have stepped up calls to scrap primary school testing. This comes after Louise Hayward, an outspoken opponent of early years' assessments, was appointed to advise the Scottish Government on education reform. By Mark McLaughlin.

 
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The Times

 

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