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Daily News Summary
24 September 2021

image Coronavirus: Minister condemns "abhorrent" intimidation of schools over vaccines for teenagers
image Call for funding boost to help schools through a "perilous period in history"
image Trust representing 23 independent schools could leave the Teachers' Pension Scheme
image Keir Starmer's vision for schools outlined in Fabian Society essay
image LGBT+ students 'feel more comfortable being open about their identity at uni than at school'
image Sats tests have little effect on children's wellbeing and happiness, findings suggest
image 'Overseas teachers have a raft of skills that UK schools would benefit greatly from'

Coronavirus: Minister condemns "abhorrent" intimidation of schools over vaccines for teenagers

 

Alex Burghart, the new skills minister, has warned that schools and teachers are facing "abhorrent" levels of intimidation from anti-vaxxers over jabs for 12 to 15-year-olds. By Nicola Woolcock, The Times.

According to Tes, students who wish to receive the vaccine but do not have parental consent could be diverted to venues away from schools in areas where anti-vaccination protests have taken place. By Catherine Lough.

Andrew Banks, a partner at law firm Stone King, writes in Tes breaking down the concept of Gillick competency for schools.

New figures from Public Health England reveal a surge in the number of COVID infections among teenagers, with the seven-day case rate for 10 to 19-year-olds nearly three times the average for all age groups. By Jane Merrick, iNews.

 

Call for funding boost to help schools through a "perilous period in history"

 

Paul Whiteman, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, has called on ministers to increase school funding above levels seen in 2010 to help schools overcome challenges related to COVID, Brexit and climate change. By John Roberts, Tes.

 
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Tes

Trust representing 23 independent schools could leave the Teachers' Pension Scheme

 

Tes reports 23 independent schools in membership of the Girls' Day School Trust (GDST) could leave the Teachers' Pension Scheme. By Amy Gibbons. The article quotes Cheryl Giovannoni, chief executive of the GDST.

 
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Tes

Keir Starmer's vision for schools outlined in Fabian Society essay

 

Schools Week summarises Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer's vision for schools, as outlined in his Fabian Society essay entitled The Road Ahead. By Freddie Whittaker.

 
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Schools Week

LGBT+ students 'feel more comfortable being open about their identity at uni than at school'

 

According to a report from UCAS and the charity Stonewall, LGBT+ students feel more comfortable being open about their sexual orientation or gender at university than at school. By Will Hazell, iNews.

 
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iNews

Sats tests have little effect on children's wellbeing and happiness, findings suggest

 

According to a study conducted by University College London, primary school tests do not seem to have a significant effect on the wellbeing and happiness of children. By Eleanor Sly, The Independent.

 
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The Independent

'Overseas teachers have a raft of skills that UK schools would benefit greatly from'

 

Chris Barnes, head of Year 6 at Crescendo-HELP International School in Malaysia, writes in Tes outlining why he believes UK schools should not overlook applications from international teachers.

 
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Tes

 

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