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Daily News Summary
24 Aug 2015

image ISC year 13 results
image 'Why are independent schools so successful?'
image Hundred lose university places waiting for wrong grades to be changed
image Telegraph cheers success of state schools, but has it fudged the figures?
image GCSEs: the great debate
image Texted your mum? Now enrol at college
image Answer the question: If you haven’t made the grades for university, here’s what to do
image Unhappy children
image GCSE results 2015: state school results
image Religious education is being 'watered down', argues Church of England

ISC year 13 results

 

Following the release of year 13 results for ISC independent schools, the press compiled and published various league tables. Analysis of this year’s exam results reveals one in fourteen independent school candidates achieve three A* grades, with 19% of entries from ISC pupils awarded the grade A*.

The Times and The Telegraph have published league tables and The Telegraph also includes a news story, which quotes Barnaby Lenon and Julie Robinson from ISC and James Priory, headmaster of Portsmouth Grammar School.

The Independent reported that a growing number of private pupils are taking alternatives to A-levels, also quoting Barnaby Lenon and James Priory.

Julie Robinson was interviewed on the issue of exam results on LBC on Friday at 14.05 (not available online).

ISC have also put together a collection of articles, news stories and social media updates about the exam results on the social media platform Storify.

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Times
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Telegraph
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Telegraph
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Independent
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Storify

'Why are independent schools so successful?'

 

Besides their strength in traditional academic subjects, independent schools offer a wide and varied co-curricular life, writes Barnaby Lenon, Chairman of ISC. The Telegraph. The TES also published an opinion piece by Julie Robinson, general secretary of ISC, examining why the sector performs so well.

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Telegraph
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TES

Hundred lose university places waiting for wrong grades to be changed

 

Hundreds of teenagers are missing out on their first choice of university because of an ‘unfair’ exam marking system and admissions process, head teachers warn.

Mentions The Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC). Quotes Marion Gibbs, the head of James Allen’s Girls’ School in South London and Adam Pettitt of Highgate School in North London. Mentions Brighton College and Magdalen College School in Oxford. By Jonathan Petre, the Mail on Sunday.

There is also a comment piece on the issue by Chris Ramsey, headmaster of the King's School, Chester, underneath the main article.

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Daily Mail

Telegraph cheers success of state schools, but has it fudged the figures?

 

Telegraph’s headline ‘State schools put private schools in the shade’ only works if you look at the results in a certain light. Does the paper have another agenda? Barnaby Lenon is mentioned. By Richard Adams and Helena Bengtsson, The Guardian. Also the subject of a comment piece by Richard Garner in The Independent.

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Guardian
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Independent

GCSEs: the great debate

 

Last week GCSEs underwent their annual performance review, with numerous critical voices clamouring to be heard. Eleanor Doughty reports. Quotes Carl Hendrick, head of research at Wellington College; Charlotte Avery, headmistress of St Mary’s School in Cambridge and Katy Ricks, headmistress at Sevenoaks School in Kent. The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Texted your mum? Now enrol at college

 

Boys have done better at GCSE than last year, but experts say we should be worried that more young women than men are in higher education. Quotes Tony Little, the retiring head of Eton. By Julie Henry, The Sunday Times.

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Sunday Times

Answer the question: If you haven’t made the grades for university, here’s what to do

 

This week’s questions are answered by Andrew Halls, head master of King’s College School in Wimbledon, southwest London. The Sunday Times.

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School's website

Unhappy children

 

A letter published in The Times from Clarissa Farr, high mistress of St Paul’s Girls’ School in London.

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Times

GCSE results 2015: state school results

 

Schools from around the country have published their 2015 GCSE results with the Telegraph, available here in our interactive searchable results tables. By unnamed reporter, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Religious education is being 'watered down', argues Church of England

 

Reverend Nigel Genders, the chief education officer of the Church of England, has said that changes to the GCSE system are also watering down religious education. By Javier Espinoza, Education Editor, The Sunday Telegraph.

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Telegraph

 

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