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Daily News Summary
29 July 2021

image Exams 2021: Wealthier parents putting pressure on teachers to boost grades, findings suggest
image Coronavirus: Labour condemns "staggering lack of ambition" over summer catch-up plans
image DfE warned against scrapping BTECs
image 'Kenya and the UK are united in the belief that girls' education can change the world'

Exams 2021: Wealthier parents putting pressure on teachers to boost grades, findings suggest

 

According to research from the Sutton Trust, teachers working at independent schools and state schools in wealthier areas are more likely to report being approached or pressured by parents to increase their child's exam grades this year. By Will Hazell, iNews.

The OCR exam board has announced it will give schools and colleges a rebate of 42 per cent of fees for GCSEs and A-levels, prompting the Association of School and College Leaders to write to Ofqual requesting a formal review on the different levels of discounts. By Samantha Booth, Schools Week.

The Telegraph offers a guide for students on how to prepare for A-level results day this year. By Sophie Foster.

 

Coronavirus: Labour condemns "staggering lack of ambition" over summer catch-up plans

 

The Labour Party has accused the Government of a "staggering lack of ambition", after it was revealed that just one in 15 state school pupils is expected to benefit from catch-up support this summer. By Jon Stone, The Independent.

The SNP is reportedly under pressure to scrap face masks in schools, after advisors to the Scottish Government suggested they were no longer needed in classrooms. By Daniel Sanderson, The Telegraph.

 

DfE warned against scrapping BTECs

 

Twelve education organisations have written to education secretary Gavin Williamson warning many young people, particularly disadvantaged students, will be "adversely affected" by the Department for Education's (DfE) proposals to scrap most BTECs. BBC News.

 
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'Kenya and the UK are united in the belief that girls' education can change the world'

 

Writing in The Telegraph, Dominic Raab, the UK's foreign secretary, and Raychelle Omamo, Kenya's cabinet secretary for foreign affairs, explain how the two countries are working together to "equip and empower the next generation of women".

Sarah Sands, chairwoman of the Gender Equality Advisory Council for the G7, writes in The Times about the global target of getting 40 million more girls into school, saying: "Without education, the girls and their families are poorer, and so are we."

 

 

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