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ISC Daily News Summary 10 January 2019

Brexit disputes in parliament are teaching children "dreadful lessons"

Education policy

BBC News reports on comments made by Lisa Kerr, principal of Gordonstoun, who has said the rows surrounding Brexit are undermining teachers' efforts to educate children about respecting and tolerating the views of others. By Sean Coughlan.

"Why we're supporting state school pupils with their university applications"

Social mobility

iNews details why its writers and editors have decided to set up a free email helpline to support state school pupils with university applications. By Joshi Herrmann.

Study finds grammar school pupils from poorest families are twice as likely to attend Oxbridge

Grammar schools

A report published by the Higher Education Policy Institute has found grammar schools boost the chances of poorer pupils attending Oxbridge. By Richard Vaughan, iNews.

The Times leading article states grammar schools "provide only part of the answer".

'I am not giving up on the battle to reduce teacher workload,' says education secretary

Education policy

Damian Hinds MP, Secretary of State for Education, writes for Tes detailing the actions taken by the Government to improve teachers' workload.

University of York to run “centre of excellence” for modern foreign languages

General education

The Department for Education has announced the University of York will be the country’s national language centre, coordinating work by schools to raise the quality of language teaching. By Jess Staufenberg, Schools Week.

'Oxford and Cambridge should launch colleges to improve access for under-represented students'

Higher education

The former education minister, Andrew Adonis, writes in The Guardian proposing that Oxford and Cambridge launch new colleges for disadvantaged young people.

Today's Guardian reports that the universities have greeted the proposal with "little enthusiasm".

Labour condemns teacher bursaries as a "waste of money"

Recruitment and retention

The Labour Party has criticised the Government's use of taxpayers’ money on bursaries of up to £25,000 to attract graduates into teaching. By Sally Weale, The Guardian.

Children who are read to before starting school are eight months ahead of their peers

Primary education and early years

Research carried out by Newcastle University has found children who are read to before starting school have more sophisticated language skills than their peers. By Sarah Knapton, The Telegraph.

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