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Daily News Summary
16 August 2019

image Exam regulator to investigate A-level maths grading
image 'A single exam board is needed to save A-levels'
image Over 100 A-level entries classified as "gender neutral" this year
image Number of politics A-level entries rises by 10%, figures show
image Letters: 'It's time to review the university admissions cycle'
image Office for Students set to intervene over unconditional offers
image GCSE exam reforms 'penalise dyslexics', findings suggest
image Stormzy to fund two more Cambridge University places

Exam regulator to investigate A-level maths grading

 

Exam regulator Ofqual is to investigate exam board decisions not to revise the grading of 2018 A-level maths papers despite changes being made to this year's grade boundaries. By Will Hazell, Tes.

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Tes

'A single exam board is needed to save A-levels'

 

Dr Martin Stephen, a former high master of St Paul's School, writes in The Telegraph calling for the introduction of a single exam board in the UK. He suggests the current structure of exam boards contribute to the "declining value of A-level".

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The Telegraph

Over 100 A-level entries classified as "gender neutral" this year

 

One hundred and fifty A-level entries were classified as "gender neutral" this year, following decisions by Edexcel and OCR to allow candidates to opt out of boys and girls classifications. By Camilla Turner, The Telegraph.

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The Telegraph

Number of politics A-level entries rises by 10%, figures show

 

Political studies has seen the highest proportional increase in A-level entries of any subject, while student numbers for English and maths have declined, according to new figures. By Will Hazell, Tes.

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Tes

Letters: 'It's time to review the university admissions cycle'

 

Writing in The Times, Samantha Price, head of Benenden School, argues shifting to a post-qualification university admissions system could alleviate pressure on Year 13 students. The letter can be found half-way down the page.

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The Times

Office for Students set to intervene over unconditional offers

 

The Office for Students, the university watchdog, has warned it will use its regulatory powers to crack down on cases of "improper use" of unconditional offers. By Camilla Turner, The Telegraph.

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The Telegraph

GCSE exam reforms 'penalise dyslexics', findings suggest

 

Research suggests GCSE exam reforms are discriminatory towards dyslexic students, as they can lose up to 20 per cent of their marks for spelling, grammar and punctuation errors in some subjects. By Oliver Wright, The Times.

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The Times

Stormzy to fund two more Cambridge University places

 

Stormzy has announced his plans to fund the university costs of two more black undergraduates. The grime artist introduced the Stormzy Scholarship last year, a scheme created to support students from minority backgrounds who have earned a place at Cambridge University. BBC News.

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BBC

 

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