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Daily News Summary
27 Aug 2015

image ISC Blog: Why independent schools achieve the top grades at A-level
image Not teaching AS levels 'is a mistake', says headmaster
image School pupils who suffer from hay fever do worse in their end of year exams, research shows
image Sats results: Scores up as ministers launch 'crackdown' on low-performing areas
image Teachers hired in recessions get better results, says US study
image Girls become 'switched off' from idea of an engineering career at the age of 14
image Councils unite in bid to tackle Scottish teacher shortages

ISC Blog: Why independent schools achieve the top grades at A-level

 

By Barnaby Lenon, Chairman of the Independent Schools Council.

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ISC

Not teaching AS levels 'is a mistake', says headmaster

 

Schools would be wrong to stop teaching AS levels as they provide a useful yardstick of progress, says Mark Love, principal of Lansdowne College in London.

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Telegraph

School pupils who suffer from hay fever do worse in their end of year exams, research shows

 

Pupils could be missing out on the top grades required to get into the best universities. By Chris Green, The Independent. Also reported by BBC News online, The Time and The Telegraph.

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Independent
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BBC
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Telegraph
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Times

Sats results: Scores up as ministers launch 'crackdown' on low-performing areas

 

National primary test results reveal that school attainment among eleven-year-olds has risen this year, with the proportion achieving the expected level in reading, writing and maths rising to four fifths. By Kaye Wiggins, The TES.

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TES

Teachers hired in recessions get better results, says US study

 

Teachers recruited during a recession and a tougher jobs market are more likely to get better results for their pupils, says a study. By Sean Coughlan, BBC News online.

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BBC

Girls become 'switched off' from idea of an engineering career at the age of 14

 

According to research by child psychologists, when girls hit the age of 14 they think engineering is 'unglamorous and anti-social'. By Mark Ellis, The Mirror.

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Daily Mirror

Councils unite in bid to tackle Scottish teacher shortages

 

Six councils in the north east and north of Scotland have united to tackle teacher shortages in their schools. By unnamed reporter, BBC News online. Also reported by The Guardian.

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Guardian

 

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