Daily News Summary
23 August 2018

image GCSE results 2018: overall trends
image GCSE results 2018: variability charts
image GCSE results 2018: commentary
image Live results coverage
image Advice to GCSE students
image A solution to the university admissions problem
image Robots aid children's reading
image Could you pass these GCSE questions?

GCSE results 2018: overall trends


There is widespread coverage reporting an increase in the number of pupils with the top GCSE grades in the reformed exams.

According to Schools Week, grade 9 makes up over 4% of all results in England.

Tes reports on several topics, including the number of pupils saved from failing science, language entries which have risen for the first time since 2013 and adopted children not faring as well as classmates in their GCSE exams.

iNews reports girls have beaten boys in gaining a ‘clean sweep’ of grade 9s, although the gender gap has narrowed across the board. Schools Week examines how girls and boys performed in the reformed core subjects.

Tes details five key points from this year's results. Schools Week also lists the 'seven most interesting things'.

GCSE results 2018: variability charts


Ofqual has produced a set of variability graphs which allow schools to compare their results with other schools or colleges. Schools Week.

Schools Week

GCSE results 2018: commentary


Damian Hinds MP, Secretary of State for Education, writes in The Telegraph that this year’s GCSEs will be tough but fair to young people. However, Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, professor of cognitive neuroscience at UCL, argues in The Times that GCSEs are unfair on pupils.

Live results coverage


The Guardian, Tes and The Independent feature live updates with pupils' results across the country.

Advice to GCSE students


The Telegraph details how the new grading system will affect students.

iNews advises what to do if pupils do not pass their maths or English exam and Schools Week offers guidance to pupils about how to apply for remarks and appeal GCSE results.

The Telegraph features a guide to apprenticeships, BTECs and NVQs.

A solution to the university admissions problem


Chris Ramsey, headmaster of Whitgift School and the higher education spokesman for the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference, writes for Tes on the subject of university admissions.


Robots aid children's reading


Psychologists have found children are more enthusiastic about reading aloud with a robot to provide companionship. By Rhys Blakely, The Times.

The Times

Could you pass these GCSE questions?


The Guardian includes 12 examples of GCSE questions for readers to attempt.

The Guardian


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