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Daily News Summary
4 Aug 2015

image Boys tend to either get top marks or fail in exams, says new research
image MP: use anti-terror powers on Christian teachers who say gay marriage is ‘wrong’
image Funding for school dinner schemes scrapped just months after hundreds of schools sign up
image Our schools are better: head hits back at Chinese critics
image A third of students picking universities based on bursaries, study finds
image Oxbridge applications: Cut the talent show-inspired personal statements, hopefuls told
image Love or money? High tuition fees lead students to vocational degrees
image Highers maths exam 'more demanding than intended', exam chiefs admit
image Wales poised to scrap Religious Education lessons in schools
image When Is A-Level Results Day? Information And Advice For Parents On Dealing With Exam Results

Boys tend to either get top marks or fail in exams, says new research

 

The research, by Professor Alan Smithers, shows that boys are more extreme in their exam performance than girls. By Richard Garner, The Independent.

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Independent

MP: use anti-terror powers on Christian teachers who say gay marriage is ‘wrong’

 

New Extremism Disruption Orders should be applied on those who “teach” traditionalist Christian views about marriage in the classroom. By John Bingham, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Funding for school dinner schemes scrapped just months after hundreds of schools sign up

 

Hundreds of schools that signed up to schemes aimed at transforming their school dinners are having their support axed after the government pulled its funding just months later. By Sophie Scott and John Dickens, Schools Week.

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Schools Week

Our schools are better: head hits back at Chinese critics

 

China prides itself on the discipline and politesse of the students it turns out. The same may not be said for teachers — both Chinese and English — who have become embroiled in a spat over whose education system is best. By Zachary Spiro, The Times.

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Times

A third of students picking universities based on bursaries, study finds

 

Following the announcement that maintenance grants are to be scrapped, new research from The Student Room has found that student concerns over university affordability are growing. By James Connington, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Oxbridge applications: Cut the talent show-inspired personal statements, hopefuls told

 

A "sob story" might impress Simon Cowell but it is unlikely to give you a competitive advantage to get into Oxbridge. By Javier Espinoza, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Love or money? High tuition fees lead students to vocational degrees

 

Fear of debt and competition for jobs have led more university students to apply for courses such as business studies, rather than following their passion. By Lucy Tobin, The Guardian.

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Guardian

Highers maths exam 'more demanding than intended', exam chiefs admit

 

This year's new Higher maths exam was too difficult, Scotland's exams body has admitted. By Julia Belgutay, The TES. Also reported by BBC News online, The Times and The Telegraph.

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Times
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Telegraph

Wales poised to scrap Religious Education lessons in schools

 

The Minister for Education and Skills says lessons should focus on teaching 'religion, philosophy and ethics'. By Richard Garner, The Independent.

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Independent

When Is A-Level Results Day? Information And Advice For Parents On Dealing With Exam Results

 

A-level results are released on Thursday 13 August 2015 and it can be a stressful day for both students and parents. By Amy Packham, The Huffington Post.

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Huffington Post

 

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