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Daily News Summary
20 August 2019

image Art GCSE rises in popularity as employers seek 'creative' students
image Poll findings reveal teachers' attitudes towards new GCSEs
image Russell Group universities ask for 'lower' grades under IGCSEs, findings suggest
image "Significant lessons to be learned" over Pearson grade boundary revisions
image 'Why I chose an apprenticeship over university'
image Parents should 'resist the urge to boast their children's successes online'

Art GCSE rises in popularity as employers seek 'creative' students

 

Provisional figures suggest the number of pupils taking GCSE art and design has increased by nine per cent this year, amid reports employers are seeking students with a creative streak. By Rosemary Bennett, The Times. The article references the Girls' Day School Trust and quotes Jane Lunnon, head of Wimbledon High School.

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The Times

Poll findings reveal teachers' attitudes towards new GCSEs

 

According to a poll conducted by the National Education Union, 54 per cent of teachers feel the new GCSEs do not reflect their pupils' abilities as accurately as previous qualifications. By Catherine Lough, Tes.

A snap poll carried out by Tes indicates 81 per cent of teachers believe the current maths GCSE is 'not fit for purpose'. By Martin George.

Russell Group universities ask for 'lower' grades under IGCSEs, findings suggest

 

Tes reports on findings which suggest the entry grades for at least half of Russell Group universities are "relatively lower" under IGCSEs compared to the reformed GCSE, leading to speculation that these entry requirements 'give independent school pupils a potential advantage over their state sector peers'. By Will Hazell, Tes.

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Tes

"Significant lessons to be learned" over Pearson grade boundary revisions

 

Exam regulator Ofqual has warned there are "significant lessons to be learned by all awarding organisations" after Pearson decided to raise grade boundaries for the BTEC Tech Awards just days before the results are released. By Pippa Allen-Kinross, Schools Week.

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Schools Week

'Why I chose an apprenticeship over university'

 

The Sunday Times features a piece on school leavers opting for the apprenticeship route over university. Janina Brackmann, a student at Colfe's School, outlines her plans to embark on a wealth management apprenticeship with financial services firm UBS. By Julie Henry.

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The Sunday Times

Parents should 'resist the urge to boast their children's successes online'

 

Elizabeth Coatman, a consultant at the Good Schools Guide, has warned parents against bragging about their children's exam results on social media. By Camilla Turner, The Telegraph.

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The Telegraph

 

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