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Daily News Summary
11 Dec 2015

image More than 90,000 exam grades changed
image Release of consultation on marking reviews, appeals and related changes
image New scheme hopes to boost pupil skills and confidence
image Primary schools outside London catching up with capital
image Services to boost school attendance have budgets cut by more than a third
image Most teachers face prospect of no pay rise this year
image Exam cheats double — but it’s teachers, not the pupils
image John Longworth: Schools should be measured on careers and earnings of pupils

More than 90,000 exam grades changed after challenges this summer

 

More than 90,000 GCSE and A level results have been changed after grade challenges this summer. This is the highest number on record and an increase of 17% compared with last year. Ofqual has announced proposals to toughen up the re-marking of GCSE and A level exams. Chris King, chair of the Headmasters and Headmistresses Conference (HMC) is quoted. This is an ISC summary. Reported by BBC News online, The TES, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Daily Mail, BT News, IE Today and Education Business.

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Guardian
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Telegraph
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Daily Mail
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IE Today

Release of consultation on marking reviews, appeals and related changes

 

A summary of Ofqual's proposed changes for exam marking reviews, appeals, grade boundaries and Code of Practice for GCSEs, AS and A levels has been launched.

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DfE

New scheme hopes to boost pupil skills and confidence

 

Teenage girls expect to earn £7,000 a year less than boys in their careers, recent research has revealed. They believe they will have an annual salary of £36,876 within ten years of leaving education, while boys anticipate £44,124. The survey by City & Guilds shows that gender inequality starts at an early age. A new scheme called Ignite has been developed by Oxford University Careers Service, working with Girls' Schools Association schools and with the support of Newnham College Cambridge. Link not available online. Please see The Daily Mail 10 December, p.70.

Primary schools outside London catching up with capital

 

League tables show improved reading, maths and writing, with drop in number of schools failing to meet floor targets. By Richard Adams, The Guardian. The primary school league table results are also reported about by The Independent, The TES, The Financial Times, The Telegraph, Schools Week and The Mirror.

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Guardian
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Independent
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TES
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Financial Times
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Telegraph
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Schools Week
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Daily Mirror

Services to boost school attendance have budgets cut by more than a third

 

Services that help schools with pupil attendance have seen their budgets cut by more than a third, new research reveals. By Eleanor Busby, The TES.

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TES

Most teachers face prospect of no pay rise this year

 

The majority of teachers are still waiting to learn if their salaries will rise this year as schools continue to struggle with budget cuts and confusion over pay policy, a major new survey reveals. By Eleanor Busby, The TES.

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TES

Exam cheats double — but it’s teachers, not the pupils

 

The number of teachers helping children to cheat in exams has more than doubled in a year, official figures showed yesterday. By Nicola Woolcock, The Times.

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Times

John Longworth: Schools should be measured on careers and earnings of pupils

 

The current inspection model means that schools are forced to focus too narrowly on teaching to the test, says BCC director general. The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

 

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