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Daily News Summary
1 August 2022

image Liz Truss suggests she would reverse the ban on new grammar schools
image Conservative voters support building more grammar schools, poll findings suggest
image Teachers in England and Wales ‘spent at least 1.5m days off work due to stress and mental health issues’
image Gordon Brown warns global leaders of an “education catastrophe”
image 'It's time to modernise England's Edwardian curriculum'
image Russell Group universities offered almost £9m for students to defer their places last year
image "It is simply untrue to believe degrees are as valuable as they once were"
image The Daily News Summary will return for this year’s exam results

Liz Truss suggests she would reverse the ban on new grammar schools

 

Liz Truss, the foreign secretary and Conservative leadership contender, has suggested she would reverse the ban on the establishment of new grammar schools. By Daniel Martin, The Telegraph.

Geoff Barton, the general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, has accused Liz Truss of “micromanagement” over her pledge to give all students who receive three A*s at A-level an automatic Oxbridge interview. By Tony Diver, The Telegraph.

Jonathan Gullis, MP for Stoke-on-Trent North, writes in The Times that he believes Liz Truss will deliver on education and "prioritise expanding access to high-performing schools, and will seek to replace failing ones".

 

Conservative voters support building more grammar schools, poll findings suggest

 

The Telegraph reports that two-thirds of Conservative voters are supportive of grammar schools and almost half agree that more should be built. By Louisa Clarence-Smith and Will Hazell.

 
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The Telegraph

Teachers in England and Wales ‘spent at least 1.5m days off work due to stress and mental health issues’

 

The Observer reports teachers in England and Wales have spent at least 1.5 million days off work in 2021-22 due to stress and mental health issues, highlighting the impact the pandemic has had on teaching staff. By Michael Savage.

 
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The Observer

Gordon Brown warns global leaders of an “education catastrophe”

 

Former prime minister Gordon Brown has warned that global leaders have one last chance to avert an “education catastrophe”, as research suggests that young Britons are more worried about their future than their peers across the world. By Nicola Woolcock, The Times.

 
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The Times

'It's time to modernise England's Edwardian curriculum'

 

Writing in The Telegraph, former education secretary Lord Kenneth Baker calls for an urgent modernisation of England's "Edwardian curriculum", arguing: "We must replace it with a career-led and technical curriculum which recognises this digital age of artificial intelligence and net zero."

 
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The Telegraph

Russell Group universities offered almost £9m for students to defer their places last year

 

According to The Telegraph, nine Russell Group universities offered students cash and other incentives amounting to almost £9 million to defer their places last year, after grade inflation caused some courses to be unexpectedly oversubscribed. By Louisa Clarence-Smith and Elizabeth McBride.

 
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The Telegraph

"It is simply untrue to believe degrees are as valuable as they once were"

 

Journalist Ollie Cooper writes in The Independent arguing that universities "need to stop pretending that they are still the same level of institution (academically) as they were decades ago".

 
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The Independent

The Daily News Summary will return for this year’s exam results

 

The Daily News Summary will be taking a break across August, returning to report on the publication of this year’s GCSE and A-level results. Normal service will resume on Thursday 1 September, 2022.

From everyone at the Independent Schools Council, we would like to wish pupils well as they prepare to receive their exam results and thank teachers for their dedication and support throughout what has been another unusual and challenging year.

 

 

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