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Daily News Summary
4 July 2022

image I’ve always been in favour of academic competition, says prime minister
image Analysis of asset wealth sparks debate over charitable status of independent schools
image 'Teach medieval history in English schools or risk losing our past'
image 'Political activists should not be able to teach RSHE lessons'
image Children as young as 11 ‘bullied in Scottish schools for questioning transgender ideology’
image ‘Subtle bullying among teenage girls can be difficult to spot’
image DfE told to release data on whether the NTP met targets
image In conversation with Nadhim Zahawi

I’ve always been in favour of academic competition, says prime minister

 

In an interview with LBC, Boris Johnson has said he is not opposed to creating new selective state schools because “competition is a damn fine thing”. Emma Yeomans, The Times.

 
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The Times

Analysis of asset wealth sparks debate over charitable status of independent schools

 

The Times takes a closer look at independent schools with asset wealth and questions their charitable status. By Robert Watts. The article quotes Richard Backhouse, chairman of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference, and references research from the ISC.

 
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The Times

'Teach medieval history in English schools or risk losing our past'

 

Conservative MP Alexander Stafford has argued that medieval history should be taught more in England’s schools or “vast chunks” of our past will be lost, adding "students are far more likely to learn about someone like Martin Luther King than they are about Alfred the Great". By Dominic Nicholls, The Telegraph.

 
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The Telegraph

'Political activists should not be able to teach RSHE lessons'

 

Janice Turner writes in The Times suggesting that the Government needs to create a register of organisations that teach RSHE (relationships, sex and health education) lessons and closely monitor learning materials following reports of "inappropriately sexualised content of lessons for young children".

 
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The Times

Children as young as 11 ‘bullied in Scottish schools for questioning transgender ideology’

 

Safeguarding Our Schools Scotland (SOSS) has claimed that children as young as 11, including those with learning disabilities, are being bullied in Scottish schools for questioning transgender ideology and failing to use appropriate pronouns. By Mark Macaskill, The Times.

According to The Telegraph, some parents are claiming that teachers are affirming their children’s new transgender identities without consulting them first. By Hayley Dixon

 
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The Times

‘Subtle bullying among teenage girls can be difficult to spot’

 

Speaking to The Times, Natasha Devon, an author and mental health educator in British schools, explains how teachers and parents can help tackle the rise in ‘hidden forms of bullying’ among teenage girls. By Rachel Carlyle.

 
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The Times

DfE told to release data on whether the NTP met targets

 

According to Schools Week, the Information Commissioner’s Office has told the Department for Education (DfE) to release statistics on whether the National Tutoring Programme (NTP) has met its targets during its inaugural year. By Samantha Booth.

 
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Schools Week

In conversation with Nadhim Zahawi

 

The Telegraph interviews Nadhim Zahawi, the education secretary, on his upbringing, career and the recent threat of teacher strikes over pay. Mr Zahawi warns that "parents will be incredibly angry" in the event of industrial action. By Juliet Samuel.

 
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The Telegraph

 

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