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ISC Daily News Summary 11 July 2019

Record numbers of students in England apply to university

Higher education

Figures from UCAS show that 40% of all school leavers in England have applied for university places this year, while the number of students applying in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland has fallen. BBC News.

The Telegraph reports on the UCAS findings, which also show the number of Chinese students applying to British universities has increased by 30 per cent since last year. By Camilla Turner.

'Abolishing private schools now won't solve the issue of inequality'

Independent sector

Writing in the Daily Record, Darren McGarvey argues that while independent schools "should be mandated to take on more children from poorer backgrounds", addressing inadequately resourced state schools should be the priority.

Letters: 'Problems facing young people today are rooted in broader social issues'


Writing in the New Statesman, head of King's College School, Andrew Halls, argues his previous article was not an attack on state schools, reiterating that "the best approach is to look rationally at how we can improve the lives of all schoolchildren". The letter is the third to feature on the page.

Chancellor dismisses suggestions that schools could receive £27 billion in funding


The Daily Mail reports on the school funding crisis, claiming Philip Hammond has said future funding "won't be in the region of £27 billion". It is believed the latest funding request from Number 10 is for £3 billion. By Jack Doyle.

New survey reveals attitudes towards new relationships and sex education lessons

Teaching and learning

A survey conducted by the NSPCC children's charity and the National Education Union has found 47 per cent of teachers lack confidence in their own ability to teach the new relationships and sex education curriculum. By Freddie Whittaker, Schools Week.

Taking a gap year may enhance employability, research suggests

General education

Findings from reports collated by Fresh Student Living suggest that 46 per cent of HR professionals are more likely to employ a graduate with gap year experience, whether that involves independent travel or working overseas. Education Executive.

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