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Daily News Summary
7 March 2022

image A look at the impact on independent schools as Russian sanctions tighten
image Universities told to stop giving out ‘unfair’ unconditional offers
image Millfield School devises programme to train a new wave of teachers as sports coaches
image Girls put off sport due to "deep-rooted gender stereotypes", report finds
image Third of primary schools yet to sign up for COVID catch-up scheme
image Save some cash to fund teacher pay rises, says DfE

A look at the impact on independent schools as Russian sanctions tighten

 

The Telegraph takes a closer look at how sanctions against Russian oligarchs could affect British independent schools after they were told not to accept fees or donations from Russian clients on sanction lists, or from banks subject to an asset freeze. By Helen Cahill.

MPs and campaigners have raised concerns that measures to stop Vladimir Putin’s allies sending children to UK independent schools and universities will be undermined by “glaring loopholes” in legislation. By Rob Merrick, The Independent. The article references the Independent Schools Council (ISC).

Colin Bell, CEO of the Council of British International Schools (COBIS), has asked the prime minister for assurances that Ukrainian members of staff at the British International School Ukraine will face “no barrier” to entering the UK. Mr Bell has also expressed his concern for the 700 pupils enrolled at the school, which has three campuses in Kyiv and Dnipro. By Irena Barker, Independent School Management Plus.

Writing for BBC News, Vibeke Venema explores how Ukrainian parents are talking to their children about war.

 

Universities told to stop giving out ‘unfair’ unconditional offers

 

Universities UK, which represents vice-chancellors, has published a new code of practice which says that no university should use unconditional offers that force students to make it their firm choice. The new code, which is voluntary, states that admissions practices must be fair, transparent and in the best interests of applicants. By Nicola Woolcock, The Times.

 
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The Times

Millfield School devises programme to train a new wave of teachers as sports coaches

 

The Times features a piece on Gavin Horgan, the head of Millfield School, who explains how the school has developed a programme to train teachers as sports coaches. Mr Horgan, who wants to introduce the programme nationally at state schools, says that combining sport and physical education can help children to “learn commitment, focus and to cope with pressure”. By Nicola Woolcock.

 
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The Times

Girls put off sport due to "deep-rooted gender stereotypes", report finds

 

According to a report by the charity Women in Sport, more than a million girls who describe themselves as “sporty” lose interest in exercise after they leave primary school “as a consequence of deep-rooted gender stereotypes”. By Nicola Woolcock, The Times.

Is your school involved in any projects designed to encourage more girls to participate in sports? If you would like to write a blog on the subject, please email emily.roberts@isc.co.uk for more details.

 
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The Times

Third of primary schools yet to sign up for COVID catch-up scheme

 

New figures have revealed that a third of primary schools have yet to sign up to the Government's £17 million early years language COVID catch-up scheme designed for Reception-age children. By Callum Mason, Tes.

 
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Tes

Save some cash to fund teacher pay rises, says DfE

 

According to Schools Week, the Department for Education (DfE) has told has told maintained schools to consider saving some of the extra funding they receive next year to meet the “significant” costs of future staff pay rises. By Freddie Whittaker.

 
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Schools Week

 

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