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ISC Daily News Summary 14 January 2020

Serious case review into 'culture of sexual abuse' at London independent school

Child welfare

The Times reports on findings from an inquiry into allegations of sexual abuse at St Paul's School. By Andrew Norfolk, The Times.

The school has issued a statement in response and a summary of recommendations from the review.

Teacher spending has increased at a "much slower rate" than overall school expenditure, report finds

Recruitment and retention

According to a report published by the Education Policy Institute, teacher spending has failed to keep up with overall school spending, with average teacher salaries falling by almost £3,000 over seven years. By Dave Speck, Tes.

Exam board confirms plans to introduce a new natural history GCSE


The OCR exam board has confirmed its plans to create a new natural history GCSE, designed to encourage more young people to engage with nature. By Catherine Lough, Tes.

Does your school teach pupils about natural history as part of the curriculum? If you would like to write a blog on the subject, please email emily.roberts@isc.co.uk.

Research finds 98% of primary school packed lunches fail to meet nutritional standards

General education

A new study has found children's packed lunches are no healthier than they were a decade ago, with just one in five including vegetables or salad. By Henry Bodkin, The Telegraph.

'WhatsApp groups can help parents support their child's education'


Sally Peck writes in The Telegraph arguing WhatsApp groups can help keep busy parents involved in their child's education. The article follows comments from Jane Lunnon, head of Wimbledon High School, that WhatsApp groups 'prevent children from taking responsibility for their own daily lives'.

Majority of UK adults believe coming from a lower-income background is a 'barrier to teaching'

Recruitment and retention

According to a new survey, 59 per cent of UK adults believe coming from a lower-income background could hold people back from going into teaching. By Catherine Lough, Tes.

Key calendar moments for international education

Teaching and learning

Tes has compiled a list of key events throughout 2020 that offer international learning opportunities. By Dan Worth.

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