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Daily News Summary
17 August 2018

image Do reformed GCSEs widen the gap between state and independent school pupils?
image A-level results 2018: further coverage
image 'The wrong questions are being asked on A-level results day'
image Row over business rates at Scottish private schools
image Not all students are suited to A-levels, Education Secretary acknowledges
image Which courses deliver the highest earnings?

Do reformed GCSEs widen the gap between state and independent school pupils?

 

Tes reports on speculation that IGCSEs are less demanding than GCSEs and are, therefore, widening the gap between independent school pupils and state school pupils. By Will Hazell. Quotes Barnaby Lenon, chair of the Independent Schools Council; Shaun Fenton, head of Reigate Grammar School and chair elect of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference; and Ed Elliott, head of The Perse School.

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Tes

A-level results 2018: further coverage

 

There is further coverage following yesterday's A-level results. The Telegraph reports that Chinese A-level has overtaken German for the first time and has become the UK's third most popular language. Barnaby Lenon, chair of the Independent Schools Council, is quoted.

The Times reports on the success of a pupil at Cardiff Sixth Form College who has won a place to study medicine despite caring for her autistic brother and coping with a hearing impairment.

Edward Lucas writes a comment piece in The Times arguing that language teaching cannot afford to die. The Guardian also discusses the state of foreign languages in schools and references Malvern St James Girls’ School in Worcestershire who are celebrating nearly 40% of its pupils going on to read sciences, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects at university. Richard Cairns, headmaster of Brighton College, is quoted by ITV News arguing that compulsory language education should be reintroduced.

Fiona Millar writes in The Guardian discussing what happens to those students who do not go on to university. The Times reports on 'hard-up' universities that are taking pupils who did not make the grade.

'The wrong questions are being asked on A-level results day'

 

Kevin Stannard, director of innovation and learning at the Girls' Day School Trust, writes in Tes arguing that the impact of unconditional offers, linear exams and a narrow curriculum should be questioned.

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Tes

Row over business rates at Scottish private schools

 

Scottish ministers have fallen out over government plans to end business rates relief for independent schools. By Jamie McIvor, BBC News.

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BBC

Not all students are suited to A-levels, Education Secretary acknowledges

 

Damian Hinds MP, Education Secretary, has spoken up for BTECs and applied generals, acknowledging that not all students are suited to A-levels. By Julia Belgutay, Tes.

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Tes

Which courses deliver the highest earnings?

 

The Telegraph details the UK's highest paying degrees. By Ashley Kirk and Patrick Scott.

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The Telegraph

 

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