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Are Grammar Schools harmful to social mobility?

Grammar Schools are harmful for social mobility and do not work, the former head of Eton has said.

Academic selection is nothing but “old hat, yesterday’s news”, the former head of the top private boys’ boarding school Tony Little told an audience at the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai.

“I just want to make two points,” he said. “One, academic selection as the means of entry to schools is yesterday’s story. It’s old hat. 

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Teachers becoming private tutors.

Almost half of those teachers who make the switch blame the long hours they were asked to work, the research suggests

The number of teachers leaving the profession to become private tutors has increased dramatically – with two-thirds blaming excessive workload, according to new research.

Almost half of those who resign to become tutors do so because of the hours that they have to work, the study suggests.

Of more than 2,100 private tutors surveyed, three-quarters – 74 per cent – had previously worked in teaching.

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Dog helping in school with reading.

So far the idea has worked wonders with pupils who love having him as a listener.

The idea was introduced to Leigh St Mary CofE Primary School in Leigh, Greater Manchester by headteacher Deborah Catchatoor, who saw a dog being used to encourage learning at a conference.

She explained Brian’s role was to help more reluctant readers build confidence in reading out loud.

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Illegal low pay for nursery workers?

Up to 20,000 nursery workers are illegally being paid below the minimum wage in England, analysis of government data by a childcare charity suggests.

Department for Education data shows 10% of nursery staff earn less than £7.20 an hour the minimum for over-25s.

The Family and Childcare Trust says the government must ensure the nurseries it subsidises do not flout the law.

But a group representing private, voluntary and independent sector nurseries rejected the trust's claims.

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Fake News.

Schools should teach young people about how to identify "fake news", says the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's education director.

Andreas Schleicher is planning to include questions about such "global competencies" in the next round of the influential international Pisa tests.

He wants teenagers to look beyond the social media "echo chamber", where they might hear only views like their own.

Students need more places to "exchange ideas", says Mr Schleicher.

The OECD aims to develop global policies focused on improving economic and social well-being.


Its education chief says schools need to equip young people with the skills needed to navigate the digital world, with unreliable claims on social media and falsified news.

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Global Teacher Prize.

A teacher from the Canadian Arctic has been named as the winner of the annual Global Teacher Prize.

Maggie MacDonnell, who teaches at a remote village school, spoke at the award ceremony about the problem of youth suicides in the Inuit community.

The winner was announced by a video-link with astronauts on the International Space Station.

She was congratulated by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau - who said she was "shaping the future".

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Chinese Maths books to be translated into English.

British students may soon study mathematics with Chinese textbooks after a “historic” deal between HarperCollins and a Shanghai publishing house in which books will be translated for use in UK schools.

China’s wealthy cities, including Shanghai and Beijing, produce some of the world’s top-performing maths pupils, while British students rank far behind their counterparts in Asia.

HarperCollins’s education division signed an agreement to release a series of 36 maths books at the London Book Fair, the state-run China Daily reported, with Colin Hughes, managing director of Collins Learning, calling it “historic''.

“To my knowledge this has never happened in history before – that textbooks created for students in China will be translated exactly as they have been developed, and sold for use in British schools,” the China Daily quoted Hughes as saying.

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Lessons about online responsibilities.

Learning to survive in a world dominated by the internet should be as important for children as reading and writing, says a House of Lords report.

Lessons about online responsibilities, risks and acceptable behaviour should be mandatory in all UK schools, the Lords Communications Committee argues.

The internet is "hugely beneficial" but children need awareness of its hazards, said committee chairman Lord Best.

Industry leaders said education was key to keeping children safe online.

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Segregation in schools.

Thousands of state schools across England are segregated along ethnic or social grounds, according to research.

More than a quarter of primary and four in 10 secondary schools are ethnically divided, the social integration charity, The Challenge, found.

It says almost a third of primary and a quarter of secondary schools are segregated along socio-economic lines.

The Department for Education says all schools are expected to promote social integration and British values.

Researchers from The Challenge - working with the iCoCo Foundation and SchoolDash - measured how segregated a school was by comparing its numbers of white British pupils and those eligible for free school meals with those of the 10 schools closest to them.

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Tougher to recruit teachers.

There are fears it could get even tougher to recruit teachers after a drop in the number of trainees on courses in England.

The latest figures show a 7% drop in acceptances on to teacher training courses for this year.

Head teachers' leaders said the drop in recruits would deepen the teacher recruitment crisis.

The Department for Education said there were more teachers than ever before in England's schools.

It said it was investing £1.3bn in recruitment over this Parliament, and had devised schemes to ensure new teachers stayed in their jobs in those areas that have a poor record of retaining teachers.


Because of the high turnover in the profession, schools in England need to recruit about 30,000 new teachers every year to stand still.

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