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Daily News Summary
26 Oct 2015

image Updated exam results
image Headmaster calls for earlier A-levels
image Answer the question: For fairness and accuracy, exam marking scores highly
image 'No evidence' school collaboration boosts attainment, research claims
image Children in military families to be focus of research project
image Prankster pupils use technology to bring chaos to classroom
image Ucas to enforce 'name-blind' applications to tackle racial bias
image Comprehensive school system 'better and fairer'
image Obsession with 'literacy' stifling writing talent, says Morpurgo
image Handwriting, you’re Finnished

Updated exam results

 

The updated exam results are now available on the ISC website and can be viewed here.

Headmaster calls for earlier A-levels

 

A-level exams should be moved forward a month to improve the accuracy of marking by exam boards, a leading headmaster has suggested. Scheduling all A-levels in May would mean more teachers would have time to mark scripts and raise the quality of marking, said Ed Elliott, headmaster of The Perse School in Cambridge. By Greg Hurst, The Times.

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Times

Answer the question: For fairness and accuracy, exam marking scores highly

 

This week’s questions are answered by Andrew Halls, head master of King’s College School in Wimbledon, southwest London. The first letter mentions the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC). The Sunday Times.

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Sunday Times

'No evidence' school collaboration boosts attainment, research claims

 

There is no evidence that collaboration between schools improves pupils’ attainment, a new study has claimed. By Kaye Wiggins, The TES.

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TES

Children in military families to be focus of research project

 

A new research project is aiming to find out how children in military families feel about having to switch schools frequently. By Emma Seith, The TES.

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TES

Prankster pupils use technology to bring chaos to classroom

 

Playing pranks on teachers used to mean flicking bits of chewed paper across the classroom with a ruler or setting off stink bombs. In the 21st century, however, children have a more hi-tech strategy. By Nicola Woolcock, Education Correspondent, The Times.

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Times

Ucas to enforce 'name-blind' applications to tackle racial bias

 

Britain’s universities are to tackle the danger of “unconscious bias” against students from black and minority ethnic backgrounds by removing candidates’ names from their application forms, David Cameron is to announce. By Nicholas Watt, The Guardian.

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Guardian

Comprehensive school system 'better and fairer'

 

Comprehensive schooling has given more Scottish children equal opportunities to progress over the past 50 years, research suggests. Higher attainment and a positive attitude to schooling were also seen as achievements of the system. By unnamed reporter, BBC News Online.

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BBC

Obsession with 'literacy' stifling writing talent, says Morpurgo

 

Michael Morpurgo has said a drive to improve literacy is strangling a generation of storytellers. By Javier Espinoza, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Handwriting, you’re Finnished

 

Finland’s decision to teach keyboard skills rather than joined-up writing could spell the beginning of the end of longhand lessons in British schools. By James Gillespie, The Sunday Times.

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Sunday Times

 

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