Top independent schools for GCSE results: How did your school rank?

International Teaching

26/7/17

This year’s GCSE exam results have revealed that nearly two thirds of entries from independent schools were awarded an A or 7 or above this year. This 62.9 per cent rate among candidates at 507 ISC schools is three times higher than the national attainment for top grades this year, which stood at 20 per cent. It also represents a 0.8 percentage point rise compared to last year, while the C/4 pass mark also increased by 0.1 points to 94.9 per cent. This year, changes in GCSE regime meant that a new numerical system was used to mark three key subjects in England - English Language, English Literature and Mathematics. In an attempt to toughen up GCSEs,

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Government orders investigation into public school cheating scandal as regulator considers change in rules

International Teaching

25/7/17

An investigation was tonight ordered into the private school cheating scandal as ministers suggested that teachers could be banned from setting exam questions. Schools minister Nick Gibb confirmed that Ofqual had begun an inquiry following revelations reported by The Daily Telegraph which saw at least four leading public schools investigated over allegations of malpractice. It came as the exam board at the centre of the disclosures admitted that the scandal could have involved other schools as it urged parents or teachers with information to come forward.

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Schools warn of pupil places ‘crisis’ as half of councils fail to meet rising demand

International Schools

25/7/17

Schools in some local authorities are already operating at over 100 per cent capacity – a problem set to grow with the coming spike in the secondary-age pupil population go up. Experts said thousands more families can expect difficulties in securing secondary places in the coming years Dan Kenyon Parents vying to secure a secondary school for their children in the next five years face the worrying possibility of not getting a place, as councils warn of an impending crisis over a lack of pupil capacity across Britain. Almost half (49 per cent) of councils are at risk of being unable to meet rising demand for places within the next five years. This means up to 125,000 children are

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Cambridge University student who burned £20 note in front of homeless person says he 'abused his privilege'

International Teaching

25/7/17

Cambridge University student who was filmed burning a £20 note in front of a homeless person has apologised, saying he “abused his privilege", as his College called on students to “support” his return. Ronald Coyne, who claimed he is a relative of Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, was kicked out of university’s Conservative Association earlier this year after being filmed wearing  a white bow tie and tails as he burned a £20 note in front of homeless person. The law student has now written a letter of apology, as he prepares to continue his studies at Pembroke College, Cambridge University next month. His college circulated the letter among his peers in the “hope” that it

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OCTOBER IS NATIONAL POETRY MONTH

International Teaching

24/7/17

October is National Poetry Month: this is our 17th year. How do you get the new school year off to an exciting start? Every year the Performance Poetry Society arranges a National Tour of Interactive Poetry and Song Shows to enrich and entertain children in Junior, Infant and Primary Schools. To find out how your school can take advantage of this and join in, please telephone Sandra Dennis our Tour Co-ordinator on 0208 688 6951 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details.

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Webinar reveals ELS expertise on change, risk and benefits

International Teaching

23/7/17

Effective change management was the subject of a recent webinar led by Cath Convery and Julie Dungate, of the learning and development consultancy, Explosive Learning Solutions (ELS), and organised by the global accreditation and examination institute, APMG International. Moderated by APMG International’s Mark Constable, the webinar – one of a series from APMG International in which ELS learning and development specialists provide thought-leading expertise - discussed ideas in the recently published ‘business parable’ book by John Kotter and Holger Rathgeber, ‘That's Not How We Do It Here!: A

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30 hours free childcare launches

International Teaching

22/7/17

The government's 30 hours free childcare offer for working parents rolls out across the country on Friday (1 September 2017). New 30 hours childcare offer saves families around £5000 per year per child Around 390,000 families across the country are eligible Scheme backed by an extra £1 billion per year by 2020 The government’s landmark offer for working parents of 30 hours of free childcare per week rolls out across the country from tomorrow (Friday 1 September). Parents of three and four-year olds who have registered for a place will join the 15,000 families benefitting in the 12 areas of the country that introduced the offer early.

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THERE IS ONE SIMPLE WAY OF DELIVERING 2.5 HOURS OF ADDITIONAL ACTIVITY A WEEK TO ALL PUPILS…

International Teaching

23/7/17

According to the government’s new reports on children and obesity, increased activity not only reduces the chances of obesity but also increases intellectual attainment, while reducing disciplinary issues, improving sociability, and reducing mental health problems. In fact, increased activity appears to be a wonder cure for both the physical and mental ills that beset some young people. However, this demand for an extra 2.5 hours activity a week leaves two questions: First, what is the best way to ensure that children get the extra activity each week that the government now wants?

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HELPING THOSE WHO ARE SLIPPING BEHIND, IN THE MOST DRAMATIC OF WAYS.

International Teaching

22/7/17

There is one time of the year during which everyone expects something new: September.  Pupils have obviously advanced a year, there may perhaps be some new members of staff, there are new children in the school and this is the perfect moment to suggest a change. Especially if the change involves the introduction of a new process to aid those children whose literacy attainments were particularly below average during 2016/17. Indeed, if these pupils then make a great leap forwards in literacy, that change will have a dramatic impact on not just the children and their parents but also on the whole school. Word spreads that something new is happening in the classroom this term.

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Make PSHE lessons compulsory to reduce ‘worrying’ levels of self-harm among pupils, urge researchers

International Teaching

22/7/17

Children are being put at risk of self-harm due to a lack of personal, social and health education lessons (PSHE) within schools, new research has suggested. Experts said the number of young people affected by mental health problems, including self-harm, was “alarming”, and called on the government to address the issue with the introduction of compulsory PSHE in all schools. The new study, by the University of Hertfordshire, found young people who have a “low sense of belonging” in their school are nearly seven times more likely to self-harm than those who feel attached to it, for instance by feeling included within lessons.

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How to prepare your child for school in a few easy steps

International Teaching

21/7/17

Thursday marks a key date in the life of the third-in-line to the British throne: Prince George will start school. The Duke of and Duchess of Cambridge will no doubt feel the same way as hundreds of thousands of other parents across Britain: a sense of excitement coupled with a tinge of nerves and even sadness at the end of an era. An era when the parent was the absolute centre of their child’s world.  The first day of school is undoubtedly a key rite of passage. This is the start of a new adventure: playing and interacting with new friends, sharing, taking turns and settling into a new routine. 

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