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Daily News Summary
18 Aug 2016

image A level results 2016
image Live results coverage
image Comment and opinion on A level results
image Record number of students get university places
image Impact of results on higher education
image Advice to A level students
image A level results: have your say
image Ken Durham (1953-2016)

A level results 2016

 

Most titles carry extensive coverage of this year's A level results. Schools Week looks at overall trends and stats, the drop in students taking arts subjects and the North and South divide; TES reports that A and A* grades have fallen for the fifth year running, and also writes that the gender gap has closed as girls catch up at A*; and Telegraph examines which subjects students did the best and worst in.

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Schools Week
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Schools Week
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Schools Week
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TES
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TES
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Telegraph

Live results coverage

 

News and opinion will continue throughout the day. Both the Guardian and Telegrah have live streams.

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Guardian
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Telegraph

Comment and opinion on A level results

 

A number of opinion pieces reflect on A level results. Putney High School head, Suzie Longstaff, writes that A levels should not and do not define children; Chris Ramsey, headmaster of The King’s School Chester and Richard Backhouse, headmaster of Berkhamsted School, both discuss the problem with grading and the 'failing' exam system; TES Editor Ann Mroz argues that pushing the idea that university is the only route to success is wrong; Russell Hobby, general secretary of the NAHT, writes about the widening achievement gap; Malcom Trobe of ASCL states that post-16 education has become the poor relation of the education system and Gill Clipson of the Association of Colleges states you don't need university and graduate debt to get on in life.

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Telegraph
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TES
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Telegraph
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TES
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TES
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Telegraph
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Telegraph

Record number of students get university places

 

BBC News, Times, Independent and Daily Mail all report that record numbers have been awarded UK university places.

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BBC
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Times
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Independent
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Independent
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Daily Mail

Impact of results on higher education

 

The impact that this year's A level results will have on higher education institutions is also covered. BBC News reports that degrees have 'retained earnings value'. A separate article by BBC news questions why more women than men go to university. TES writes that the proportion of A-level entries in traditional academic subjects has fallen slightly this year.

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BBC
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BBC
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TES

Advice to A level students

 

The Guardian gives advice to students on findng a place through clearing as well as featuring a live Q&A article.

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Guardian

A level results: have your say

 

2016 A level results once again show decreases in students taking modern foreign languages, music and performing arts. Do you have a view on why this is, or why you think these subjects are still important to an all-round education? If you'd like to write for ISC blog, please email georgina.belcher@isc.co.uk

Ken Durham (1953-2016)

 

It is with very deep regret that we announce that Ken Durham lost a valiant fight with cancer on 6 August, aged 62.

Ken was Headmaster of University College School from 1996 to 2013 and Chairman of HMC during 2011/12. Ken was an outstanding Chairman and was highly respected across the membership and in public life more widely.

With thanks to HMC for providing this statement.

 

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