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ISC Daily News Summary 9 October 2019

Abolish Eton campaigners tell Angela Rayner to 'pick a side' over private schools

Independent sector

Angela Rayner, Labour's shadow education secretary, has been criticised by Abolish Eton campaigners after appearing in a selfie with Chris Wheeler, vice-chair of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference. By Catherine Lough, Tes.

Retention grants for science and MFL teachers 'are not value for money'

Recruitment and retention

The National Society for Education in Art and Design has criticised the Government's decision to provide science and modern foreign language (MFL) teachers with retention grants on top of their salaries, arguing the money "would be better used to help schools support all new teachers". By Amy Gibbons, Tes.

Number of girls applying for GCHQ summer school 'up 50 per cent on last year'

General education

This year, 930 girls applied for places on GCHQ's CyberFirst programme, compared with 630 last year. By Lucy Fisher, The Times. The article appears under the main article.

Trial to investigate impact of enrichment activities on attainment levels

General education

A trial conducted by the Children's University will explore whether taking part in enrichment activities boost levels of attainment in primary school pupils. By Kathryn Snowdon, Schools Week.

Literacy app developed to teach children to read 'without human help'

Edtech

Duolingo, a language learning technology company, is launching a literacy app to teach children how to read 'without human help'. By Will Hazell, iNews.

The Telegraph reports on findings from a new study, which suggest robots could be trained to help autistic children better recognise emotions expressed through body language. By Natasha Bernal.

Paediatrics expert warns against compulsory child vaccinations

Education policy

Dr David Elliman, of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, has criticised proposals to introduce compulsory vaccinations for children in England, adding the Government should instead focus on improving accessibility through pop-up clinics. BBC News.

Universities introduce 'consent courses' to tackle sexual harassment

Higher education

A report published by Universities UK has detailed the work universities are doing to tackle sexual harassment and gender-based violence, with some introducing mandatory consent courses for applicants prior to enrolment. By Gabriella Swerling, The Telegraph.

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