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Daily News Summary
19 July 2022

image Almost 200 schools closed or reduced hours yesterday amid record-breaking heatwave
image 'The UK needs more affordable independent schools’
image 'We trust Rishi Sunak with education reform'
image 'Universities must end online learning to combat rife cheating in exams'
image Campaigners warn against a register of children not in schools
image 'Summer holidays should be four weeks not six'

Almost 200 schools closed or reduced hours yesterday amid record-breaking heatwave

 

The Telegraph reports that almost 200 schools across the country have temporarily closed or reduced their classroom hours yesterday despite the Government urging them to stay open during the heatwave. By Louisa Clarence-Smith and Lizzie Roberts.

Paul Whiteman, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers union, has called on Ofsted to suspend inspections this week, with the Met Office having issued a red weather warning for today. By John Roberts, Tes.

 

'The UK needs more affordable independent schools’

 

Frank Young, editorial director at the Civitas think tank, writes in The Critic questioning Labour’s independent school tax policy. He argues in favour of more independent school places, particularly those accessible to local middle-class families.

 
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The Critic

'We trust Rishi Sunak with education reform'

 

Nick Gibb, MP for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton, and Damian Hinds, MP for East Hampshire, write in The Times that they are backing Rishi Sunak for prime minister because they believe he will ‘bring renewed energy to education reform and do so in a considered way’.

 
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The Times

'Universities must end online learning to combat rife cheating in exams'

 

Journalist Celia Walden writes in The Telegraph arguing that universities must end online learning to combat cheating in exams and student loneliness, adding: "Holding exams in person isn’t just a good way to stop students from cheating. It’s about providing students with a normal university experience – and showing that you give a damn about every single one of them."

 
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The Telegraph

Campaigners warn against a register of children not in schools

 

A group of data privacy and human rights campaigners have warned that the Government's plan for a register of children not in school could put families off seeking help from local services. By Freddie Whittaker, Schools Week.

 
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Schools Week

'Summer holidays should be four weeks not six'

 

Frank Young, editorial director at the Civitas think tank, writes in The Times arguing that British school summer holidays are too long, adding: "Researchers have found it can take up to seven weeks to re-teach students material that has been forgotten over the summer, with big differences between better-off and poorer pupils."

 
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The Times

 

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