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ISC Daily News Summary 23 November 2021

'More parents are keeping their daughters in same-sex schools in the wake of Everyone's Invited'

Independent sector

The Girls’ School Association (GSA) has said that initial figures suggest more parents are opting to keep their daughters in same-sex schools for sixth form in the wake of the Everyone's Invited movement. Donna Stevens, the chief executive of the GSA, said: “It just might make them think twice – 'this could be a bit of a risk, and actually she’s happy where she is'." By Will Hazell, iNews.

'She should be praised for drawing attention to the resilience of young people'

Independent sector

Columnist Simon Kelner writes for iNews naming Samantha Price, president of the Girls’ School Association and headmistress of Benenden School the "unlikely champion for woke young people everywhere".

Anti-vaccine protests outside school gates are a matter for police, education secretary says

General education

Nadhim Zahawi has said that anti-vaccine protests outside school gates should be a matter for the police and that these demonstrations “will not be tolerated”. By Zoe Tidman, The Independent.

"Digital skills will be embedded across the curriculum, with all pupils having a laptop or tablet at home"

Education policy

Writing in The Independent, shadow education secretary Kate Green outlines Labour’s campaign to "ensure every young person leaves education ready for work and ready for life".

Children at 'outstanding' Ofsted rated schools suffer the most stress, research suggests

Mental health

Research carried out by Edurio, which conducts surveys for schools, has found a correlation between pupil wellbeing and school Ofsted ratings, with those at 'outstanding' institutions feeling the most overworked and worried. By Emma Yeomans, The Times.

"Invest the money in training to create a profession that respects its own worth and demands expertise"

Recruitment and retention

Geraint Jones, the executive director and associate pro-vice-chancellor of the National School of Education and Teaching at Coventry University, writes for Tes outlining three key changes needed to keep new teachers in education.

Wales to offer all primary school children free school meals within three years

Welsh education

A co-operation deal between Labour and Plaid Cymru has pledged free schools meals to all primary school pupils in Wales within three years. BBC News.

"I was quite worried about coming out in case the parents reacted badly"

General education

iNews interviews Alan Valera-Sheppard, a gay primary school teacher who grew up under Section 28, a clause of the Local Government Act which banned schools and councils in England and Wales from “promoting” homosexuality from 1986 to 2003. By Jasmine Andersson.

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