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ISC Daily News Summary 10 September 2019

The Guardian commentary: Labour Against Private Schools and Private School Policy Reform

Independent sector

Writing in The Guardian, Melissa Benn outlines the aims of Labour Against Private Schools (Laps), which set up the Abolish Eton campaign, and Private School Policy Reform (PSPR), a pressure group calling for reform to the independent sector.

Letters: 'Independent schools can play a meaningful role in advancing social mobility'


Writing in The Times, Richard Russell, head of Colfe's School, urges the Labour Party to 'consider how independent schools could be used to advance social mobility', rather than 'mindlessly abolishing' them. The letter can be found a quarter of the way down the page.

Regulator warns universities must continue to widen access for disadvantaged students

Social mobility

The Office for Students has warned it will intervene if selective universities fail to demonstrate sufficient progress in tackling gaps between disadvantaged students and their peers. By Eleanor Busby, The Independent.

Review calls for all watches to be 'banned from exam halls'


A review commissioned by exam boards has concluded all watches should be prohibited in exam halls to discourage cheating, as it is becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish between traditional watches and those with internet access. By Sean Coughlan, BBC News.

Boris Johnson announces plans for free school expansion

Education policy

The prime minister has pledged to create thousands more school places as part of his plans to expand free schools across the country. By Dave Speck, Tes.

GPs urge ministers to make the MMR vaccine compulsory

Child welfare

Four leading GPs have written to ministers urging them to make the MMR vaccine compulsory for young children starting primary school. By Nadeem Badshah, The Times.

Charlotte Church announces plans to open school in her home

Independent sector

Charlotte Church is planning to establish a non-fee-paying school in her home as part of The Awen Project, an initiative she hopes will develop into a charity to set up other independent schools. BBC News.

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