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Daily News Summary
23 August 2019

image GCSE results 2019: Commentary
image 'There should be a fairer way for candidates to query exam results'
image Spike in number of 16-year-olds not in education, employment or training
image 'Should exams change to better reflect how children live their lives?'
image How teachers have managed to engage boys in English literature
image 'The Ebacc system must go, to stop putting children off arts subjects at GCSE'
image Tes quiz: Test your general knowledge

GCSE results 2019: Commentary

 

Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, has warned there is a danger that creative subjects may disappear in state schools and become the "preserve" of independent schools. By Catherine Lough, Tes.

The Financial Times reports on the "persistent regional differences" across England, which have been highlighted in this year's GCSE results. By Andrew Jack.

Schools Week reports on comments made by the vice president of Pearson, who has said the "Attenborough effect" is fuelling an interest in science at GCSE. By Kathryn Snowdon.

Sean Coughlan questions why results have gone up, if exams have become more difficult. BBC News.

The leading article in The Times praises teachers and teenagers for this year's results, but concludes that "for all the achievements of Mr Gove’s reforms, there are still improvements to be made".

'There should be a fairer way for candidates to query exam results'

 

Mike Buchanan, director of the Headmasters’ and Headmistress’ Conference, has said Ofqual should slightly increase the cost of exams to make grade queries “free at the point of use”. By Catherine Lough, Tes.

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Tes

Spike in number of 16-year-olds not in education, employment or training

 

Data published by the Office for National Statistics has revealed a sharp increase in the number of young people in the UK who are not in education, employment or training. By Katie Grant, iNews.

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iNews

'Should exams change to better reflect how children live their lives?'

 

Guto Aaron, a technology teacher in Llansannan, Conwy county, has said a handwritten exam should be a thing of the past because it 'goes against how pupils now revise, learn and live their lives'. BBC News.

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BBC

How teachers have managed to engage boys in English literature

 

Eleanor Busby writes about the changes teachers have made to increase boys' interest in English literature at school. The Independent.

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The Independent

'The Ebacc system must go, to stop putting children off arts subjects at GCSE'

 

An opinion piece in The Guardian argues that schools are not creative places without music. By Bob and Roberta Smith, the pseudonym of British contemporary artist Patrick Brill.

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The Guardian

Tes quiz: Test your general knowledge

 

Test your knowledge in Tes’ weekly quiz. By John Cunnane.

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Tes

 

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