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In the Press

A selection of articles published in the local and wider press.

Home schooling during lockdown

Headmistress Jane Prescott wrote for Independent School Parent magazine on some of the positive and negative aspects of home schooling during lockdown.

https://www.independentschoolparent.com/covid19/home-schooling-2-0-in-lockdown-3-0/

The best reads during lockdown…

Mrs Williams, Head of English and Drama at Portsmouth High School, writes here in the TES on the best reads during lockdown.

https://www.tes.com/news/5-books-help-teachers-escape-crisis

Mrs Prescott, President of the Girls’ Schools Association (GSA)

Mrs Prescott, in her role as President of the GSA, has presided over their online annual conference in November.

At the start of the conference she held a press briefing.  Please see below some of the links to articles.  She has also spoken on LBC Radio and Sky News during the conference week.

These are Mrs Prescott’s opinions and her comments open a debate but her views are not necessarily shared by all members of the GSA.

The Times https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/teaching-leaders-call-for-gcses-to-be-axed-next-year-fm2h5mtpt?shareToken=94b7b1a492ad8006c0bdbac18653579a and https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/news/uk/gcse-exams-should-be-replaced-with-school-assessments-says-leading-head-teacher/

Daily Mail https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8952393/GCSEs-scrapped-year-replaced-school-based-assessments-leading-head-says.html

Portsmouth News 16 November 2020  https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/education/portsmouth-headteacher-wants-gcse-exams-scrapped-next-year-because-coronavirus-3036396

TES online

Head of English and Drama, Yvonne Williams, asks if the uncertainty surrounding exams is causing an arms race of assessment. Find out more in the TES online.

https://www.tes.com/news/exam-uncertainty-causing-arms-race-assessment

The Evening Standard

Jane Prescott is quoted in her capacity as GSA President in this Evening Standard piece:

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/education/schools-unsafe-teachers-coronavirus-tests-access-a4561171.html

Attain Magazine

Headmistress Jane Prescott is quoted in her role as president of the Girls’ Schools Association and looks at the value of a good night’s sleep.

https://attain.education/features/episode-4-perseverance-and-sleep

The Daily Telegraph

Headmistress Jane Prescott asks ‘Do we need GCSEs?” in her latest letter published in The Daily Telegraph.

https://www.portsmouthhigh.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Jane-Prescott-Letter-to-The-Daily-Telegraph.png

Independent School e-magazine

Headmistress Jane Prescott writes on an emotional return to school for pupils after lockdown restrictions are eased.

http://createsend.com/t/i-91DF569B370FCB9A2540EF23F30FEDED

The Daily Telegraph

Headmistress Jane Prescott contributes to the discussion ‘Are single-sex schools finished?’

24 March 2020 https://www.telegraph.co.uk/education-and-careers/2020/03/24/single-sex-schools-finished/

Evening Standard

Headmistress Jane Prescott contributes to the discussion surrounding the need to give children breaks during Guided Home Learning during lockdown.

8 April 2020 https://www.standard.co.uk/news/education/heads-overhaul-homeschool-timetables-coronavirus-lockdown-a4410031.html

Independent Education Today

Headmistress Jane Prescott comments on the importance of limiting screen time for children.

27 April 2020 https://ie-today.co.uk/Article/doctor-says-children-should-limit-time-spent-looking-at-screens/

Independent School Parent

Headmistress Jane Prescott looks at the complexities of reopening schools as lockdown is eased.

29 April 2020 https://www.independentschoolparent.com/covid19/coronavirus-reopening-schools-the-issues-to-be-considered/

The Times

Headmistress Jane Prescott writes in The Times today about the future of examinations for teenagers.

Headmistress Jane Prescott – Letter to The Times

The Telegraph

Headmistress Jane Prescott looks at the value of banning mathematics textbooks to boost attainment.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/2018/08/02/maths-textbooks-should-banned-intimidate-pupils-headteacher/

The Times Educational Supplement

Reply by Bernard Trafford in TES https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-views/idea-banning-mobiles-schools-daft-canute-attempting-hold-back-tide

The Telegraph

Article by Headmistress Jane Prescott http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/2018/01/08/attempts-pull-children-ever-deeper-world-social-media-should2/

Independent School Parent

February 2018 http://www.independentschoolparent.com/school/senior/creative-writing/

BBC Culture

24 February 2018  http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180207-how-americans-preserved-british-english?ocid=ww.social.link.twitter

GSA website

https://gsa.uk.com/2018/02/sleep-soundly-perform-best/

https://gsa.uk.com/2018/03/millennials-not-snowflake-generation/

Times Educational Supplement

https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-views/can-a-language-be-sexist-a-question-we-should-encourage-our-mfl

Girls’ School Association Blog

Wednesday 4 April 2018 https://gsa.uk.com/heads-blog/

The Debrief 6 April 2018

https://thedebrief.co.uk/news/real-life/how-to-cope-with-setbacks-according-to-the-experts/

Times Educational Supplement

Saturday 21 April 2018 https://www.tes.com/news/what-you-need-know-about-memory-aid-your-pupils-revision

The Spectator

Thursday 19 April 2018 https://www.spectator.co.uk/2018/04/university-challenge-2/

The Daily Telegraph

Headmistress Jane Prescott writes in The Daily Telegraph on 17 October 2017.

The controversy over an all-male University Challenge team shows female equality is still some way off.

The full article can be read at The Head’s Blog