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ISC Daily News Summary 13 March 2019

Pupils taking IGCSEs have more chance of achieving top grades, according to exams watchdog

Independent Sector

Roger Taylor, the chair of Ofqual, has told the education select committee that IGCSEs are “not conducive to public trust in the examinations system”. By Pippa Allen-Kinross, Schools Week.

The Telegraph also reports on this story.

Pupils' attainment boosted through parent-teacher meetings, research finds


Lee Crawfurd, a fellow of the Centre for Education Economics, writes that parent-teacher meetings can boost children's progress and achievement. Tes.

Four-year-olds will be taught how to stay safe online

Child Welfare

Due to an increase in the number of offenders targeting young people online, children as young as four will be taught what to do if they feel uneasy or scared when online. By Greg Hurst, The Times.

'Collaboration between arts subjects and STEM can benefit all pupils'

Teaching and Learning

Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon, chief executive of Stemettes, argues more collaboration is needed across subjects and departments - especially between arts subjects and science, technology and maths (STEM). Tes.

'No teacher should worry if they feel "imposter syndrome"'

Teaching and Learning

Stephen Petty, head of humanities at Lord Williams’s School in Thame, writes that it is normal for good teachers to feel an element of self-doubt. Tes.

Heads fear 'reputational damage' when teaching pupils about knife crime, Ofsted report finds

Child Welfare

A report by Ofsted has found schools are failing to teach pupils about knife crime because they fear it will be reputationally damaging. By Camilla Turner, The Telegraph.

'Why children must be encouraged to read for pleasure'

General Education

Julia Eccleshare, Hay Festival's children's director, discusses why reading for pleasure is "the single most important indicator of a child’s future success". Tes.

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