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Daily News Summary
30 May 2022

image Minister says Oxbridge should not discriminate against independent school students
image Trust relaxes school uniform rules to support pupils' mental health and wellbeing
image UK's oldest school appoints first female head
image Letters: 'Research suggests Scotland's four-year university courses enable graduates to make better career decisions'
image Attorney-general says schools do not have to pander to trans pupils
image Ministers reportedly considering whether to overturn ban on new grammar schools
image Cambridge lecturer raises concerns over teaching of classics
image A school leader's guide to supporting disadvantaged pupils

Minister says Oxbridge should not discriminate against independent school students

 

Higher education minister Michelle Donelan has said places at Oxford and Cambridge should be awarded on merit, adding that many independent school pupils receive fee assistance. By Camilla Turner, The Telegraph.

 
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The Telegraph

Trust relaxes school uniform rules to support pupils' mental health and wellbeing

 

A number of schools in the Girls' Day School Trust (GDST) have adopted the Halo Code, an initiative which promotes children wearing their hair as they like in school, as part of efforts "to place mental health and wellbeing at the centre of everything we do". By India McTaggart, The Telegraph.

 
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The Telegraph

UK's oldest school appoints first female head

 

The King's School, Canterbury, has announced that Jude Lowson will become the school's first female head when she takes up the role in September 2023. By Dan Worth, Tes.

 
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Tes

Letters: 'Research suggests Scotland's four-year university courses enable graduates to make better career decisions'

 

Following comments from Sir Peter Lampl suggesting A-levels should be scrapped and students given more time to specialise, Jonny Timms, head at Walhampton School, writes to The Times recalling research which found that students from English and Welsh universities - who narrow their subject choices at A-level and again when they choose a degree course - were more likely than their Scottish counterparts to change careers. The letter can be found towards the end of the page.

 
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The Times

Attorney-general says schools do not have to pander to trans pupils

 

The Times reports on comments made by Suella Braverman, who has said that schools are under no legal obligation to address children by a new pronoun or allow them to wear the school uniform of a different gender - reiterating that girls’ lavatories and changing rooms have special legal protections as safe spaces. By Steven Swinford.

 
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The Times

Ministers reportedly considering whether to overturn ban on new grammar schools

 

According to The Sunday Telegraph, senior government figures are considering lifting the ban on new grammar schools, despite opposition from civil servants. By Camilla Turner.

 
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The Sunday Telegraph

Cambridge lecturer raises concerns over teaching of classics

 

Dr David Butterfield, a senior lecturer in classics, has warned of the ‘political danger’ and ‘threats’ to his academic discipline amid disputes on campuses over the way subjects should be taught. By Alice Wright, Daily Mail.

 
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Daily Mail

A school leader's guide to supporting disadvantaged pupils

 

Former headteacher Rachel Macfarlane writes for Tes, detailing what she believes schools should do differently when it comes to supporting disadvantaged pupils.

 
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Tes

 

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