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Daily News Summary
21 August 2018

image Coverage ahead of GCSE results day
image Social media use linked to lower literacy levels
image Do exam performance incentives work?
image 'Off-rolling' experienced by one in five teachers
image Asthma cases triple as children return to school

Coverage ahead of GCSE results day

 

Schools Week reports that the exam watchdog, Ofqual, has moved the grade boundaries for the GCSE higher tier science exam, following concerns that too many pupils would receive an ‘unclassified’ result.

David Hughes, chief executive of the Association of Colleges, writes in Tes that the current GCSE resit policy is not working.

Author, Sandra Leaton Gray, writes for The Guardian arguing that GCSE exams should be scrapped completely.

Rachel Sylvester argues in The Times that less able pupils, in both the independent and state sectors, are being stopped from taking exams.

Tes details the five least popular GCSE subjects of 2018.

Social media use linked to lower literacy levels

 

A study by University College London has found heavy use of social media can reduce children's literacy levels. By Charles Hymas, The Telegraph.

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The Telegraph

Do exam performance incentives work?

 

Kate Parker asks whether giving children incentives to get good grades really works. Tes.

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Tes

'Off-rolling' experienced by one in five teachers

 

According to a YouGov survey conducted for Ofsted, a fifth of teachers have seen their school exclude pupils in order to improve results. By John Roberts, Tes.

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Tes

Asthma cases triple as children return to school

 

Experts have warned of an expected surge in asthma cases as children return to school after the summer holidays. By Laura Donnelly, The Telegraph.

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The Telegraph

 

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