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ISC Daily News Summary 13 February 2020

Government scraps funding for 5,000 post-GCSE qualifications ahead of T-levels launch

Education policy

The Department for Education is pulling funding from more than 5,000 post-GCSE qualifications with "no or low numbers of enrolments" in preparation for the launch of T-levels in September. BBC News.

ISC blog: The importance of coming together for mental health awareness

ISC blog

Eli Thomas, a pupil at Christ's Hospital School and organiser of a new pupil-led mental health conference, discusses how schools can do more to promote mental health and wellbeing.

Psychologists work to develop gender-neutral careers guidance

General education

An article in iNews explores how designers of careers guidance programmes are challenging gender biases to encourage students to widen their horizons. By Rachael Pells. The article quotes Belinda Whitehouse, head of careers at Dame Allan's Schools.

Academic underperformance of white working-class boys is behind the "obsession" with phonics

Teaching and learning

Speaking at a Westminster Hall debate yesterday, schools minister Nick Gibb said the need to close the attainment gap between disadvantaged students and their wealthier peers has driven the Government's "obsession" with phonics and reading. By Freddie Whittaker, Schools Week.

Bursaries book offers fundraising advice to independent schools

Independent sector

A book entitled 'Transforming young lives: Fundraising for bursaries' written by John Claughton, has been published. It is designed to help independent schools raise more money for bursaries. IE Today. The article references a quote from Barnaby Lenon, chairman of the ISC.

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