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Daily News Summary
17 Aug 2015

image A-level results: 'We need a national campaign to reverse the decline of languages'
image Revealing public school attendance 'risks discrimination', says private school head
image GCSEs punish top pupils 'for being too sophisticated'
image 'Lottery' of International Baccalaureate marking sparks anger
image University challenged
image 'League tables encourage the selling of souls'
image Five strategies to beat rising school fees
image Sixth form: do you stick or switch?
image Bad results? They’ll be the making of you
image Schools boost their English grades thanks to easier IGCSE
image GCSEs are outdated and will 'wither on the vine', says the man who introduced them
image Tory ideas can shape the next decade for all Britons
image Top firms scramble for bright A-level pupils
image You can see clearly now the grades have come

A-level results: 'We need a national campaign to reverse the decline of languages'

 

The number of students getting into university this year may have reached a record high with the lifting of the cap on numbers, but the A-level results paint a picture of stability. By Barnaby Lenon, chairman of the Independent Schools Council (ISC), The TES.

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TES

Revealing public school attendance 'risks discrimination', says private school head

 

Jo Heywood, headmistress at Heathfield School in Ascot, says university admission staff should not be told if an applicant went to public school. Refers to comments made previously by Barnaby Lenon. By Javier Espinoza, Education Editor, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

GCSEs punish top pupils 'for being too sophisticated'

 

Leading headteacher says the most intelligent children are penalised because they go above what is required Bright pupils may pick up lower GCSE grades than their peers next week as they are too sophisticated for marking schemes, a leading headmaster says. Richard Cairns, headmaster of Brighton College, said the most intelligent children are often penalised in exams because they go above and beyond what is required. By Eleanor Harding, The Daily Mail.

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Daily Mail

'Lottery' of International Baccalaureate marking sparks anger

 

Scores of schools offering the International Baccalaureate (IB) are raising serious concerns about the qualification after marks for entire cohorts plummeted by as much as 30 per cent this year, TES has learned. Quotes Richard Atherton, IB director at Wellington College. By Richard Vaughan, The TES.

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TES

University challenged

 

Student life is losing some of its allure as apprenticeships and other options become more attractive. Quotes Rachel Dent, head teacher at the Abbey School in Reading and Clarissa Farr, headmistress at St Paul’s Girls’ School in west London. Also mentions a former pupil at Benenden School. By Sian Griffiths and Sanya Burgess, The Sunday Times.

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Sunday Times

'League tables encourage the selling of souls'

 

The maximisation of grade accumulation is the message that is rammed down students' throats, writes Peter Tait, retired headmaster of Sherborne Preparatory School. The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Five strategies to beat rising school fees

 

For students who got their A-level results on Thursday their school days are over, but for hundreds of thousands of other children and their parents the odyssey has only just begun. Refers to figures from ISC. By Holly Thomas, The Times.

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Times

Sixth form: do you stick or switch?

 

Thursday is GCSE Results Day: time for pupils to decide where to study for their A-levels. Glynis Kozma outlines the options. Mentions Sutton Valence School, Maidstone. The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Bad results? They’ll be the making of you

 

Personal experience taught a leading head teacher that poor A-level grades are not the end of the world — and can be quite the opposite. By Sir Anthony Seldon, former master of Wellington College. The Sunday Times. Sir Anthony Seldon also has a piece in The Telegraph, ‘Facilitating subjects are at the heart of student learning.’

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Sunday Times
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Telegraph

Schools boost their English grades thanks to easier IGCSE

 

Results for GCSE English exams published this week are expected to rise after a surge in weaker students being entered for an alternative qualification. By Greg Hurst, Education Editor, The Times. Reference is made to the independent sector.

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Times

GCSEs are outdated and will 'wither on the vine', says the man who introduced them

 

Lord Kenneth Baker, who first introduced GCSEs, has stated that GCSEs are no longer necessary and believes apprenticeships are becoming more important. By Javier Espinoza, Education Editor, The Sunday Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Tory ideas can shape the next decade for all Britons

 

This Government is delivering the prosperity and security that Britain needs. Opinion by David Cameron, The Telegraph. Also reported by BBC News online, The Independent and The TES.

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Telegraph
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BBC
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Independent
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TES

Top firms scramble for bright A-level pupils

 

Leading British companies have launched a series of top-flight traineeships to recruit the UK's brightest A-Level students as top universities dropped their grade requirements to lure students during clearing. By Javier Espinoza, Education Editor, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

You can see clearly now the grades have come

 

Don’t be too downcast if your results came as a blow. Everything from resits to apprenticeships can offer a sunny future. Mentions a pupil at Wakefield Girls’ High School in West Yorkshire. By Sian Griffiths, The Sunday Times.

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Sunday Times

 

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