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Daily News Summary
16 Aug 2016

image A-level results 'the most unfair in a generation', warn headteachers following changes in appeals
image A-levels: Students can expect a chaotic year of unexpected results
image Scrapping student grants will do nothing to broaden access to our universities
image Geographer maps Oxbridge success of London state schools
image How Minecraft can teach children about religion
image A-level results 2016: How can teachers help during UCAS clearing?
image A level exam results day

A-level results 'the most unfair in a generation', warn headteachers following changes in appeals

 

A-level results will be the "most unfair in a generation", headteachers have warned, after changes to the appeals process that may result in students missing out on places at elite universities. By Javier Espinoza, The Telegraph. Quotes Chris King, chairman of the HMC. TES includes an opinion piece by John Dunford, chair of Whole Education and general secretary of ASCL, in which he claims 'exam reforms have caused a crisis of confidence in the grades awarded'. Laura McInerney also writes for the Guardian questioning how to make the grading system fairer.

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Telegraph
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Guardian

A-levels: Students can expect a chaotic year of unexpected results

 

It is that time of year, the last week before A-level Results Day, when we should all be enjoying what remains of the summer break. After all, nothing more can be done. By Peter Hamilton, headmaster of Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys' School and chair of the HMC Academic Policy Committee and Russell Hobby, general secretary of the NAHT. The Telegraph. Brian Lightman, former general secretary of ASCL, also writes an open letter to Ofqual in TES.

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TES

Scrapping student grants will do nothing to broaden access to our universities

 

As A-level results come out in just under a week’s time and as universities fight for a diminishing number of students, it is timely to reflect upon the decision made late last year to abolish maintenance grants and the whole issue of widening access. By Peter Tait, former Head at Sherborne Preparatory School. The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Geographer maps Oxbridge success of London state schools

 

Some London state schools send more pupils to Oxford and Cambridge than private schools in other parts of England, research suggests. By Judith Burns, BBC News online

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BBC

How Minecraft can teach children about religion

 

A university student explains how a computer game is providing the building blocks for religious tolerance. By Patrick Smith, an anthropology student at the University of Sussex. TES.

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TES

A-level results 2016: How can teachers help during UCAS clearing?

 

A-level results day can be traumatic for students who miss their university offer grades – but what can teachers do to help? By Sophie Scott, Schools Week.

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Schools Week

A level exam results day

 

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