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Daily News Summary
22 August 2019

image GCSE results 2019: Overall trends
image How state school selection is raising the bar for entry to sixth form
image Students kept 'in a state of limbo' by top universities
image Teacher training overhaul announced by education secretary
image Options for students post-GCSEs
image Non-faith schools see a decline in religious studies take-up
image 'In the Me Too era, every teenage boy needs to be educated about sex and relationships'
image "Arts and culture offer” given equal priority to schools

GCSE results 2019: Overall trends

 

This year's GCSE results show a slight increase in top grades and pass rates. BBC News

According to predictions, fewer than 1,000 pupils will achieve a clean sweep of top grades favoured by Oxbridge. By Eleanor Harding, Daily Mail. The article quotes Sally Anne-Huang, vice chairman of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference.

The Guardian reports this year's courses appear to have benefited girls more than boys, with 25.3 per cent of girls' exam entries receiving top grades of A, or 7 and above. By Richard Adams, Niamh McIntyre and Sally Weale.

Tes details a number of different trends: There were 837 pupils who achieved a 'perfect set' of GCSE grades; the number of GCSE modern languages entries is up by 3 per cent; and there has been a rise in the number of girls taking computing GCSE.

Schools Week summarises the results of Ofqual's variability graphs, which allow schools to compare their results with other schools or colleges.

Education secretary, Gavin Williamson, writes in The Telegraph on the GCSE reforms, which are "restoring confidence in a system undermined by grade inflation".

The Daily Mail features pictures of students receiving their GCSE results. A number of pupils from independent schools are photographed.

The Independent has a live stream with the latest updates.

How state school selection is raising the bar for entry to sixth form

 

State schools are demanding top grades for entry to sixth form, prompting concern that "any excessive degree of selection runs the risk of creating a two-tier system". By Nicola Woolcock, Rosemary Bennett and Emily Lawford, The Times.

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The Times

Students kept 'in a state of limbo' by top universities

 

iNews reports students have missed out on clearing places after a number of top universities delayed informing pupils whether they secured a place. By Will Hazell. The article quotes Simon Chapman, deputy headteacher at Warwick School.

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iNews

Teacher training overhaul announced by education secretary

 

The education secretary, Gavin Williamson, will launch a review into teacher training to tackle unruly children and restore discipline in the classroom. By Camilla Turner, The Telegraph.

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The Telegraph

Options for students post-GCSEs

 

The Telegraph details some of the alternative routes to A-levels that students can consider for post-16 education. By Hetty Cunningham.

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The Telegraph

Non-faith schools see a decline in religious studies take-up

 

A report by Liverpool Hope University has claimed the take-up in non-faith schools of GCSE religious studies is in decline. By Nicola Woolcock, The Times.

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The Times

'In the Me Too era, every teenage boy needs to be educated about sex and relationships'

 

The Times interviews author Inti Chavez Perez, who has written a guide to educate young men about sex and relationships.

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The Times

"Arts and culture offer” given equal priority to schools

 

Findings from a report, 'The Value of Arts and Culture in Place-shaping', show art is as important to local communities as good schools. By David Sanderson, The Times.

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The Times

 

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