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Daily News Summary
8 Mar 2016

image A-levels reforms: Getting to grips with testing times
image More than half of new GCSEs and A levels still not ready with less than 16 school weeks to go
image Pupil premium funding is a ‘blunt instrument’
image Head teachers ‘push’ home-schooling to lose problem pupils
image A simple solution to the teacher shortage
image Getting more women into science careers is 'critical' for the Welsh economy, report finds
image International Women's Day - #PledgeForParity

A-levels reforms: Getting to grips with testing times

 

In the biggest shake-up of sixth-form education for 15 years, A-levels are being extensively revised. Paul Bray tells you everything you need to know. The Telegraph. Quotes Yasmin Sarwar, co-founder of Cardiff Sixth Form College; Richard Cairns, Head of Brighton College; Paul Baker, deputy head of curriculum, at the Perse School in Cambridge.

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Telegraph

More than half of new GCSEs and A levels still not ready with less than 16 school weeks to go

 

The government is being urged to “get its act together” over delays to the approval process for new GCSE and A levels, after education secretary Nicky Morgan admitted that most specifications had still not been approved with just 16 school weeks to go before they are taught. By Kaye Wiggins, TES. Also reported by BBC News online and The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Pupil premium funding is a ‘blunt instrument’

 

Children who consistently receive free school meals need more support, study says. By Adi Bloom, TES.

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TES

Head teachers ‘push’ home-schooling to lose problem pupils

 

Schools are driving parents into home schooling difficult pupils to boost their exam results and attendance records, experts have claimed. By Nicola Woolcock, The Times.

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Times

A simple solution to the teacher shortage

 

It’s time to end the myth that having a 2:2 degree makes for a second-rate teacher. By Simon Burgess, professor of economics at the University of Bristol. The Guardian.

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Guardian

Getting more women into science careers is 'critical' for the Welsh economy, report finds

 

Wales must do more to encourage more girls and women to study science, technology, engineering and maths subjects. By Gareth Evans, Wales Online.

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Wales Online

International Women's Day - #PledgeForParity

 

In light of International Women's Day, Professor Christina Slade, Vice-Chancellor of Bath Spa University, writes about the importance of education in ensuring women have equal opportunities to men. The Huffington Post.

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Huffington Post

 

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