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Daily News Summary
22 April 2021

image Exams 2021: Ofqual publishes more guidance on grade appeals
image Coronavirus: Ofsted releases findings from spring inspections
image Concerns raised over 'flawed' Pisa data
image GCHQ launches cyber security training for teachers
image Marcus Rashford joins forces with Tom Kerridge to get children cooking
image Survey suggests parents favour vocational qualifications for their children

Exams 2021: Ofqual publishes more guidance on grade appeals

 

Draft guidance from Ofqual suggests pupils on grade borderlines are unlikely to be marked up at appeal this year, and results will only be deemed incorrect "where the original decision represents an unreasonable application of academic judgement". By Freddie Whittaker, Schools Week.

Tes reports schools and colleges will have "no discretion" over whether or not to submit appeals to exam boards. By Catherine Lough.

 

Coronavirus: Ofsted releases findings from spring inspections

 

Ofsted inspectors found that schools "tended to lag behind" on curriculum planning in certain subjects when conducting monitoring visits last term. By Amy Gibbons, Tes. Other key findings from Ofsted's spring inspections have been summarised by Schools Week. By James Carr.

Tes summarises key takeaways from Sir Kevan Collins's speech at the Schools North East Curriculum Conference, where he explained his vision for the future of the national education recovery programme. By Amy Gibbons.

 

Concerns raised over 'flawed' Pisa data

 

According to research from UCL's Institute of Education, the latest Pisa results were based on 'unrepresentative' samples of 15-year-olds, and if corrected, England and Wales could drop down in the rankings. By Sally Weale, The Guardian. Professor John Jerrim, author of the report, has also called for a "proper bias analysis" on the Scottish data, after finding that the number of pupils withdrawn or deemed ineligible was "much higher than in any other country". By Emma Seith, Tes.

 

GCHQ launches cyber security training for teachers

 

GCHQ's National Cyber Security Centre has launched a training programme for school staff, amid a rise in ransomware attacks against education establishments. By Camilla Turner, The Telegraph.

 
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The Telegraph

Marcus Rashford joins forces with Tom Kerridge to get children cooking

 

Marcus Rashford, a footballer and child poverty campaigner, is teaming up with chef Tom Kerridge to teach children from low-income families how to prepare cheap, nutritious meals. By Rachel Sylvester, The Times.

 
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The Times

Survey suggests parents favour vocational qualifications for their children

 

New poll findings suggest 48 per cent of parents would prefer their children to pursue a technical education, while 37 per cent favour an academic path. By Nicola Woolcock, The Times.

 
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The Times

 

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