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ISC Daily News Summary 8 February 2019

Drop in the number of UK state school pupils going to university

Higher education

Data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency has reported a fall, for the first time in eight years, in the proportion of UK state school pupils going to university. By Richard Adams, The Guardian.

'Mimicking public school children won’t help solve inequality'

Education policy

Suzanne Moore responds to the education secretary's plan to develop pupils' character and resilience, arguing that "class assimilation is a superficial solution". The Guardian.

'Glasses for Classes' programme to boost maths and literacy skills

General education

A new trial has been launched to ensure primary school pupils are given access to glasses, if they need them, in order to improve their maths and reading skills. By Caroline Henshaw, Tes.

'Parents must be educated about the benefits of STEM'

Teaching and learning

Mo Isap, founding director and vice chair of Star Academies, writes that many young people are dissuaded from certain careers or technical routes by their parents. He argues that it is up to educators to help parents see why careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) are so important. Tes.

Pupils' poor behaviour is the second most serious concern among teachers, says union

Teaching and learning

The NASUWT teaching union has said the number of disagreements involving teachers refusing to teach poorly behaved pupils has almost trebled in three years. By Dave Speck, Tes.

'Are children really capable of finding their inner calm?'

Mental health

Maria Lally writes for The Telegraph discussing whether children can be taught about mindfulness.

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