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Daily News Summary
15 Aug 2016

image Private school children in Scotland more likely to contest exam results than their state school contemporaries
image New grammar schools limited to 20 in working-class areas
image 'Where are today’s deep thinkers on teaching and learning?'
image Top A-level grades 'could rise' this summer
image Exam board reveals plans to 'crowd-source' GCSE and A-level questions
image Brightest boys to extend A-level lead over girls
image 'State school students need more than just good results to compete for university places'
image 'Ignore Pisa entirely,' says world expert

Private school children in Scotland more likely to contest exam results than their state school contemporaries

 

Private school students in Scotland are three times more likely to appeal the results of their exams than their state school contemporaries, new figures have revealed. By Katherine Bussey, The Independent. Also reported by Herald Scotland, Scotsman and STV.

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STV

New grammar schools limited to 20 in working-class areas

 

Plans for new grammars will amount to only about 20 selective schools in working class areas, it was claimed yesterday. By Nicola Woolcock, The Times. References London Academy of Excellence, a selective free school sixth form college founded in 2012 by Brighton College, Eton College, Caterham School, Highgate School, City of London Boys School and Forest School. Article also quotes Shaun Fenton, Headmaster at Reigate Grammar School. TES and Telegraph report on this story, the TES also features an opinion piece on grammar schools by its Deputy Editor, Ed Dorell and The Times has a comment piece by Hasi Mohamed.

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Times
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TES
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Telegraph
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Times

'Where are today’s deep thinkers on teaching and learning?'

 

Are we blessed or cursed by the absence of academics providing intellectual frameworks for exploring effective education, asks one leading educator. By Kevin Stannard, director of innovation and learning at the Girls' Day School Trust. TES.

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TES

Top A-level grades 'could rise' this summer

 

A-level grades are expected to rise for the first time in six years as boys lead the way in taking up serious subjects, an education expert has predicted. By Javier Espinoza, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Exam board reveals plans to 'crowd-source' GCSE and A-level questions

 

One of England’s major exam boards is planning to “crowd-source” questions from teachers to use in its GCSE and A level exam papers, TES can reveal. By Kaye Wiggins, TES. Also reported by BBC News online.

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BBC

Brightest boys to extend A-level lead over girls

 

Boys are predicted to pull further ahead of girls in the number of A* grades they achieve at A level this week despite girls doing better overall and dominating higher education. By Nicola Woolcock, The Times.

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Times

'State school students need more than just good results to compete for university places'

 

The latest Department for Education statistics on access to higher education show a fall in the percentage of children from state schools going on to university. Although Ucas data shows a slightly less bleak picture, there clearly is an issue. By Toby Salt, chief executive of the Ormiston Academies Trust.

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TES

'Ignore Pisa entirely,' says world expert

 

International league tables are 'like a student beer-drinking contest', argues top US-based academic. By Emma Seith, TES.

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TES

 

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