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Daily News Summary
14 January 2022

image Coronavirus: Deprived state schools 'hit hardest' by staff absences
image 'Pupils should be able to make up their own minds about where their passions lie'
image Ministers abandon proposals to remove the cap on teachers' working hours
image School choice does not make parents happier, findings suggest
image London sixth form colleges set Oxbridge-style entry test
image Oxford colleges twin with city primary schools as part of new pilot scheme
image Less than half of universities have confirmed they will accept T-levels this year, findings show

Coronavirus: Deprived state schools 'hit hardest' by staff absences

 

According to a new survey by Teacher Tapp, schools with high numbers of pupils from deprived backgrounds are reporting higher teacher absence rates and less capacity for cover. By Richard Adams, The Guardian.

Shirley-Anne Somerville, Scotland's education secretary, has said that efforts to recruit retired teachers to support pupils and schools during the pandemic have resulted in an "exceptionally low" number returning to classrooms. By Tom Eden, The Times.

BBC News explores the impact staff absences are having on nurseries across the UK. By Elaine Dunkley.

 

'Pupils should be able to make up their own minds about where their passions lie'

 

Francesca Fraser, a senior researcher at Onward, writes for The Times criticising a suggestion by Ofqual that schools should suspend some subjects so teachers can focus on the core curriculum. She argues: "Depriving children of arts and sport lessens their prospects."

 
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The Times

Ministers abandon proposals to remove the cap on teachers' working hours

 

Ministers have reportedly dropped proposals to remove the cap on teachers' annual working hours in their forthcoming white paper, believing they can achieve a longer school day through less drastic measures. By Freddie Whittaker, Schools Week.

 
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Schools Week

School choice does not make parents happier, findings suggest

 

A report from the Social Market Foundation think tank has found that parents given multiple options for their child's school are no happier about their education than those who have limited choice. By Nicola Woolcock, The Times.

 
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The Times

London sixth form colleges set Oxbridge-style entry test

 

City of London Academy Shoreditch Park in Hackney and City of London Academy Highgate Hill, Archway, are asking pupils to write an Oxbridge-style essay as part of their admissions process. The scheme will also see pupils receiving elocution and etiquette lessons, along with sessions to prepare for Oxbridge and medicine and law programmes. By Nicola Woolcock, The Times.

 
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The Times

Oxford colleges twin with city primary schools as part of new pilot scheme

 

Five Oxford University colleges are to twin with five local primary schools as part of a new scheme designed to cut educational inequality across the city. BBC News.

 
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BBC

Less than half of universities have confirmed they will accept T-levels this year, findings show

 

Schools Week reports just 47 per cent of universities have confirmed they will accept T-levels for entry this year. An investigation found that many universities are yet to decide whether to accept the qualifications, less than two weeks before the UCAS deadline for 2022 admissions. By Billy Camden.

 
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Schools Week

 

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