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Daily News Summary
25 May 2022

image Coronavirus: Online learning tool used during pandemic 'collected pupils' data'
image DfE to hire eight new advisors to oversee attendance drive
image House of Lords debate: Schools Bill
image 'Education is at the heart of Labour's ambition for Britain'
image Pupils missing out on "invaluable" school trips due to the rising cost of transport
image 'Decolonising the curriculum does not mean ditching traditional texts'
image A closer look at proposals to reduce teaching hours in Scotland
image Universities to be told to introduce anti-spiking policies

Coronavirus: Online learning tool used during pandemic 'collected pupils' data'

 

The Telegraph reports that Edpuzzle, an online learning tool recommended by the Government to schools during the pandemic, has collected thousands of pupils’ data and monitored them while they used it for their education.

Tes takes a closer look at how ventilation can be used to boost attendance in schools beyond the COVID pandemic. By Professor Cath Noakes and Dr Henry Burridge.

 

DfE to hire eight new advisors to oversee attendance drive

 

According to Schools Week, the Department for Education (DfE) will hire up to eight new advisers to boost attendance support offered by councils, academy trusts and schools. By Tom Belger.

 
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Schools Week

House of Lords debate: Schools Bill

 

During a House of Lords debate on the Government’s new Schools Bill, Lord Lexden, president of the Independent Schools Association, highlighted the work of independent schools through partnership and bursaries, and asked what a new test to determine whether the proprietors of independent schools are “fit and proper persons”, as outlined in Clause 59 of the Bill, will entail”. Hansard.

 
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Hansard

'Education is at the heart of Labour's ambition for Britain'

 

Bridget Phillipson writes in The Times criticising the Government’s Schools Bill, describing it as “devoid of serious ideas”. The shadow education secretary also outlines Labour’s plans to improve the education system, which include ending “tax breaks” for independent schools.

 
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The Times

Pupils missing out on "invaluable" school trips due to the rising cost of transport

 

Headteachers across the country have warned that pupils are missing out on "invaluable" experiences because schools are having to cut trips as the cost of transport rises. By Callum Mason, Tes.

 
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Tes

'Decolonising the curriculum does not mean ditching traditional texts'

 

Nadeine Asbali writes for The Guardian suggesting that decolonising the curriculum does not mean losing traditional texts such as Romeo and Juliet but instead "it’s about re-examining the lens through which we view canonical texts in the first place".

 
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The Guardian

A closer look at proposals to reduce teaching hours in Scotland

 

Writing for Tes, Henry Hepburn considers what impact the SNP's proposal to reduce teaching hours by 90 minutes a week would have on Scottish education.

 
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Tes

Universities to be told to introduce anti-spiking policies

 

The Government is set to order universities to introduce policies to tackle spiking by the end of the year following a wave of reports over spiking involving needles. By Zoe Tidman, The Independent.

 
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The Independent

 

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