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Daily News Summary
7 April 2022

image Concerns raised over exam invigilator shortage
image Coronavirus: 'Standards in Scottish schools have fallen because teachers fear disciplining children in light of the pandemic'
image 'Little difference in life satisfaction between children at independent and state schools'
image Use Taylor Swift lyrics and Disney songs to make Latin accessible, says Cambridge academic
image Cambridge Latin textbook to be revised following concerns over its depiction of slaves
image School resource spending stuck at 2016 levels amid financial pressures

Concerns raised over exam invigilator shortage

 

The Government has been warned that there is an increased risk of exam malpractice this summer owing to a "dire" shortage of invigilators for GCSEs and A-levels. By Matilda Martin, Tes.

 
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Tes

Coronavirus: 'Standards in Scottish schools have fallen because teachers fear disciplining children in light of the pandemic'

 

Carole Ford, former headteacher and the Scottish Liberal Democrats' spokeswoman for children and young people, has warned that standards at Scottish schools have fallen because teachers are reluctant to push children too hard or discipline them amid fears the pandemic has damaged their mental health. By Mark McLaughlin, The Times.

A Scottish government report into the harms that COVID had on students and staff in higher and further education has found that drop-out rates in Scottish colleges increased during the pandemic and warned that this year's enrolment was "considerably down". BBC News.

 

'Little difference in life satisfaction between children at independent and state schools'

 

A study from University College London has found that pupils who attend independent schools are no happier than ones who attend state schools, noting little difference in the life satisfaction and mental health of young people after comparing their educational backgrounds By India McTaggart, The Telegraph.

 
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The Telegraph

Use Taylor Swift lyrics and Disney songs to make Latin accessible, says Cambridge academic

 

Steven Hunt, an academic at Cambridge University, has produced a new guide on teaching Latin that encourages teachers to use Taylor Swift’s lyrics, Disney songs, Minecraft and fan fiction to help make the language more accessible to 21st-century students. By Sally Weale, The Guardian.

 
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The Guardian

Cambridge Latin textbook to be revised following concerns over its depiction of slaves

 

A book from the Cambridge Latin Course series, which has been used in classrooms for five decades, is to be revised by Cambridge University Press amid concerns over its ‘problematic’ portrayal of ancient life. By Craig Simpson, The Telegraph.

 
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The Telegraph

School resource spending stuck at 2016 levels amid financial pressures

 

According to Tes, spending on teaching aids and equipment at maintained schools and academies is stuck below 2015-16 levels as schools face mounting financial pressures. By Callum Mason.

 
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Tes

 

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