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ISC Daily News Summary 22 June 2022

Teachers drive minibuses to ensure pupils make exams on time amid rail strikes

Examinations

The Guardian reports that students held sleepovers with classmates, parents organised car-sharing rides and teachers drove minibuses to ensure that those affected by the national rail strike would make it to their exams on time yesterday. By Richard Adams.

Tes takes a closer look at how schools are responding to the rail strikes this week. By Callum Mason. The article quotes Beth Dawson, headteacher at Sutton High School, Rebecca Brown, head of Northwood College for Girls, and Jenny Brown, headteacher at City of London School for Girls.

Peers urge the Government to consider replacing A-levels with a British baccalaureate

Education policy

Peers from across the political divide have expressed their support for The Times Education Commission's recent report on education reform, and have urged the Government to consider the introduction of a British baccalaureate. Lord Lexden, president of the Independent Schools Association, asked Baroness Barran whether the Government would "rise to this challenge" and replace A-levels with the new qualification. By Nicola Woolcock and Holly Papworth, The Times.

Six girls swim across the Channel to raise money for school places for Ukrainian refugees

Independent sector

Six pupils from Roedean School have swum 21 miles across the Channel to help raise funds for six bursary places for Ukrainian refugees at their school. The girls took 13 hours and 13 minutes to complete the challenge and raised £7,100. By Jaya Narain, Daily Express.

'Sending your child to an independent school costs less than moving near Scotland's top state schools'

Scottish education

According to an analysis commissioned by The Times, parents would be better off sending their child to an independent school rather than paying inflated prices for homes near Scotland’s top state schools. Properties near Scotland's top state schools now cost up to £166,000 more than the council average. By Mark McLaughlin. The article quotes John Edward, chief executive of the Scottish Council of Independent Schools.

'Single-sex schools are worth defending'

General education

Tes takes a closer look at whether single-sex schooling is becoming 'a thing of the past.' By Emma Seith.

"This year will be the hardest year to get into medical school in living memory"

Higher education

Medical school heads have warned that this year will be the hardest year for A-level pupils to get a place to study medicine. By Anna Fazackerley, The Guardian.

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