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Daily News Summary
26 Aug 2016

image Analysis of 2016 GCSE results
image GCSE success stories
image School Certificates
image Almost all young people believe not enough is being done to help them find their first job
image Primary schools could boycott 'chaotic' Sats tests
image Welcome Students
image Jeremy Corbyn to promise to reverse arts spending cuts
image Scaring teenagers off pregnancy with baby dolls has reverse effect

Analysis of 2016 GCSE results

 

Further analysis following yesterday's GCSE results. The decline in pupils achieving a C grade or above has been blamed on recent reforms in the education system; resits have been branded a waste of time (Times article includes a table featuring a number of ISC Schools and also features a photo of pupils at King Edward VI High School for Girls); pupils are abandoning arts for traditional subjects; Religious studies GCSE has hit the highest entry numbers in 14 years with Rudolf Eliott Lockhart, chief executive of the Religious Education Council of England and Wales and former Head of Research at ISC, quoted; Schools Week and Times also look at free schools' GCSE results.

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Telegraph
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Guardian
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Times
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Times
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Schools Week
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Schools Week
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Times

GCSE success stories

 

Gymnast Amy Tinkler has collected her GCSE results just a day after returning from Rio where she won a bronze medal, Amy Tinkler is a pupil at Durham High School. Times reports on two unusual GCSE stories, one referencing Niamh Elston a pupil from Derby High School. The Guardian features a number of GCSE success stories, referencing pupils from Brighton College, King Edward VI High School for Girls and King’s school in Rochester.

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Guardian
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Times
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Guardian

School Certificates

 

Richard Cairns, Head Master of Brighton College writes to The Times arguing that a common school certificate, taken at the age of 14, is more sensible now the school leaving age is 18. (Letter featured a third of the way down the page).

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Times

Almost all young people believe not enough is being done to help them find their first job

 

Almost all young people feel their school or college has failed to adequately prepare them for the world of work, new research has shown. By Aftab Ali, The Independent. A separate article, also in the Independent, claims that female school-leavers are being urged to consider the benefits of apprenticeships.

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Independent
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Independent

Primary schools could boycott 'chaotic' Sats tests

 

The NAHT heads' union says schools could refuse to administer the tests if discussions with government are not 'fruitful'. By Helen Ward, TES.

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TES

Welcome Students

 

Leading article in The Times which argues that making it harder to obtain visas to study is the worst sort of immigration control.

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Times

Jeremy Corbyn to promise to reverse arts spending cuts

 

Jeremy Corbyn has pledged that the Labour party under his leadership would introduce an arts pupil premium for primary schools and reverse arts spending cuts made over the last six years. By Mark Brown, The Guardian.

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Guardian

Scaring teenagers off pregnancy with baby dolls has reverse effect

 

The sleepless nights are gruelling and the constant feeding is exhausting, but any new parent will tell you that it’s worth it. Now it turns out teenage girls agree — even when the baby is actually a robot. By Chris Smyth, Times.

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Times

 

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