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Daily News Summary
8 June 2022

image Number of pupils at independent schools reaches record high
image DfE encourages schools to be more flexible in using the NTP
image A closer look at DfE proposals for a national funding formula
image 'Teach primary school children how to code'
image 'How can we modernise the English curriculum and improve racial literacy?'
image It's time to invest in school libraries, says children’s laureate
image In conversation with Will Goldsmith on headship and exams
image Majority of employers in Scotland say school leavers are well prepared for work

Number of pupils at independent schools reaches record high

 

The Independent reports on findings from the 2022 ISC Census, which show there are now a record number of pupils attending independent schools. The report shows there are 544,316 pupils at 1,388 schools in membership of the Independent Schools Council – a two per cent rise on the 2020 figures. By Catherine Lough. The article quotes Barnaby Lenon, chairman of the ISC.

 
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The Independent

DfE encourages schools to be more flexible in using the NTP

 

The Department for Education (DfE) has encouraged school leaders to complete as many tutoring packages as possible before the end of August by adopting more flexible ways of using the National Tutoring Programme (NTP). By Matilda Martin, Tes.

 
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Tes

A closer look at DfE proposals for a national funding formula

 

Schools Week outlines the proposed changes to school funding revealed in the latest DfE consultation on plans for a hard “national funding formula”. By Freddie Whittaker.

 
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Schools Week

'Teach primary school children how to code'

 

Gareth Stockdale, CEO at Micro:bit Educational Foundation, writes in Independent Education Today suggesting that primary schools are key to bridging the digital skills gap in the UK workforce.

 
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IE Today

'How can we modernise the English curriculum and improve racial literacy?'

 

Jeffrey Boakye, an author and English teacher, writes in The Guardian discussing the current English curriculum and how it can be updated to "improve racial literacy".

 
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The Guardian

It's time to invest in school libraries, says children’s laureate

 

Cressida Cowell, an author and children’s laureate, has renewed a call for the Government to invest £100m in primary school libraries, adding that libraries are "not only where you get books into the hands of children whose parents can’t afford them, but a space where parents can get involved in reading to their children". By Sarah Shaffi, The Guardian.

 
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The Guardian

In conversation with Will Goldsmith on headship and exams

 

Independent School Management Plus interviews Will Goldsmith, head at Bedales School, on his headship and the future of examinations.

 
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Independent School Management Plus

Majority of employers in Scotland say school leavers are well prepared for work

 

According to a new Scottish government survey, 68 per cent of employers who recruited a school leaver said they were very well or well prepared for work, compared to 58 per cent in 2019. By Emma Seith, Tes.

 
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Tes

 

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