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Daily News Summary
19 Aug 2016

image Analysis of 2016 A level results
image Comment and opinion on the 2016 A level results
image Education is partly about making a living...but it is also about those things which make life worth living.
image Deprived sixth-formers thrive on competition
image Schools expected to provide 30 minutes of daily exercise for pupils under new government obesity strategy
image Quite a performance

Analysis of 2016 A level results

 

Further analysis following yesterday's A level results. The number of students from EU countries applying to British universities is the highest number on record; the education gap between the sexes is at its narrowest for 16 years as A-level grade inflation is halted; the number of pupils taking academic subjects such as English and physics took a fall this year and it is also reported that Wales' A level results have fallen behind the rest of UK. The Independent includes 5 charts detailing how UK students fared; TES discusses why exam grades may never rocket again; Times reports that the number of pupils taking languages is at a record low and Telegraph reports that elite universities last night still had places available for some of the most sought after courses, including law, economics and psychology.

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Guardian
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Telegraph

Comment and opinion on the 2016 A level results

 

Julian Thomas, Master at Wellington College writes for the Telegraph about the dysfunctional A-level marking system'; Hilary French, headmistress of Newcastle High School for Girls, discusses the 'guinea pig generation'; Jonathan Simons, former head of education in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit under Gordon Brown and David Cameron, argues that those who decide not to take the HE route deserve an equally prestigious route through higher level technical education.

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TES

Education is partly about making a living...but it is also about those things which make life worth living.

 

As students collect their A level results, ISC Chairman Barnaby Lenon discusses, in an ISC blog, the important question many of them will be asking: 'will university make me ready for work?'.

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Deprived sixth-formers thrive on competition

 

Almost a third of pupils at Harris Westminster Sixth Form cannot afford to pay for school meals, but they achieved 12 per cent A* grades and 42 per cent A* to A grades. Harris Westminster has close links with Westminster School, which shares its teachers and expertise. By Nicola Woolcock, The Times.

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Times

Schools expected to provide 30 minutes of daily exercise for pupils under new government obesity strategy

 

The government has said primary schools should provide at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day for pupils under a new strategy to tackle child obesity. By John Dickens, Schools Week. Xanthe Clay also writes for The Telegraph regarding the government's obesity plan, describing it as 'sugar-coated codswallop'.

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Quite a performance

 

The Times and Guardian feature several unusual and inspiring stories, following yesterday's A level results. References Putney High School, King Edward VI High School for Girls and Wycliffe College.

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Guardian

 

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