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Daily News Summary
6 July 2018

image Potential grading changes for A-level science and modern languages
image Children as young as five should start learning about the world of work, according to teachers
image 'Children's vocabulary will be boosted if parents leave phones alone'
image European languages should be learnt before Mandarin, says Ofsted chief
image What do the end-of-year reports really mean?

Potential grading changes for A-level science and modern languages

 

The exam board Ofqual is considering a change in the grading of both science and modern languages at A-level, to address concerns about low pupil take-up. By Alix Robertson, Schools Week.

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Schools Week

Children as young as five should start learning about the world of work, according to teachers

 

According to a poll, 97 per cent of teachers said that introducing children to the world of work can broaden aspirations and bring learning to life. By Hélène Mulholland, Tes.

Do you agree? Does your school teach young pupils about careers? If so, why do you think this is necessary and how do you go about it? Alternatively, do you think careers advice at this age is too early and unnecessary? If you'd like to write a blog outlining your thoughts, please email georgina.belcher@isc.co.uk.

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Tes

'Children's vocabulary will be boosted if parents leave phones alone'

 

Children's language skills can be boosted through conversation, games and nursery rhymes, if only parents would get off their mobile phones, states author Phillip Pullman. By Eleanor Busby, The Independent.

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The Independent

European languages should be learnt before Mandarin, says Ofsted chief

 

Ofsted chief inspector, Amanda Spielman, has stated that pupils should start by learning a European language and move on to the more challenging languages over time. By Jess Staufenberg, Schools Week.

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Schools Week

What do the end-of-year reports really mean?

 

'Needs to channel their enthusiasm into their own work', 'open to new ideas': One teacher details what these positive-spin comments, written in pupils' school reports, really mean. BBC News.

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BBC

 

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