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ISC Daily News Summary

Thursday 21 August 2014

Independent sector

'We have to get the examination system right'

Schools must continue to point out the flaws in the examination system, says Richard Harman, headmaster of Uppingham School and incoming Chairman of the Headmasters’ & Headmistresses’ Conference. The Telegraph.

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Independent sector

GCSE results: 'limit pupils to no more than five subjects'

The headmaster of Bedales School, Hampshire, calls for curbs to be placed on GCSE entries to enable teenagers to spend more time studying subjects such as the arts. By Graeme Paton, The Telegraph. Quotes Bedales headmaster Keith Budge.

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Independent sector

Private schools should charge foreign students higher fees, college founder claims

Foreign parents should be forced to pay more to send their children to private schools to prevent British families being priced out of the market, an educational entrepreneur claims. By Miranda Prynne, The Telegraph.

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Independent sector

'We need to raise the aspirations of poor pupils'

GCSEs open doors – but state schools must aim to provide poorer students with an education that is equal to the independent sector, says Heath Monk, Chief Executive of The Future Leaders Trust. The Telegraph.

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Examinations

GCSE results 2014: C grades up overall as English scores plummet

GCSE results show the number of papers graded a C or above has increased this summer. By Graeme Paton, The Telegraph. With GCSE results out today, there is widespread coverage across the press includingThe Guardian, The Times and The Independent.

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Examinations

'Chaotic reforms have created instability and confusion'

We need to be careful in making GCSE results day judgements about teachers and pupils in this climate of volatility, says Christine Blower, General Secretary of the NUT, The Telegraph. Also with exam boards warning that GCSE results this year could be "volatile", Josie Gurney-Read, The Telegraph, examines both past and future changes that could be affecting grades.

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Examinations

Exam candidates forget basic grammar

Teenagers were so enthusiastic during GCSE exams this year that some dispensed with punctuation altogether, in addition to having abandoned good grammar and spelling. By Greg Hurst, The Times.

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Further education

Government unveils major new boost to apprenticeships

A major boost in apprenticeships was unveiled by the Government as thousands of teenagers contemplated their future as they prepared to receive their exam results. By Richard Garner, The Independent.

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Higher education

Companies failing to crack down on graduate 'CV fraud'

A study finds that a third of employers are failing to check up on applicants' qualifications despite concerns that many graduates may be lying on their CVs. By Graeme Paton, The Telegraph. Also reported by The Independent.

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And finally...

You don't have to be a computer whizz to learn to code

I'm studying an arts degree, but learning to code has increased my job prospects, writes a student blogger. By Lucy Fuggle, The Guardian.

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