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Daily News Summary
5 November 2021

image Exams: New GCSE and A-level data reveals how teacher-assessed grades changed the landscape
image Coronavirus: Research reveals impact of COVID on children aged 10 and 11
image 'What do schools need to know about pupil power and legal issues?'
image Sustainability and climate change: DfE set to announce new Duke of Edinburgh-style award scheme
image 'The Government must do more to support music and the arts in state schools'
image Union members at 37 universities vote for more strike action
image Tes takes a closer look at 'Wear a Skirt to School Day'

Exams: New GCSE and A-level data reveals how teacher-assessed grades changed the landscape

 

Tes examines new data from the Department for Education (DfE), which show that the 2021 GCSE results saw a wider attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers than when centre-assessed grades were used the year before. By Catherine Lough.

The Guardian also reports on the publication of DfE exam data, highlighting that the average A-level grade awarded to students at independent schools this summer was an A. By Richard Adams.

In response to the new data showing that the attainment gap at GCSE between poorer pupils and their peers widened this year, headteachers have called for more COVID catch-up investment in schools. By Catherine Lough, Tes.

According to Schools Week, ministers have started to play down DfE plans to cull most BTECs. By Billy Camden.

 

Coronavirus: Research reveals impact of COVID on children aged 10 and 11

 

A survey carried out by researchers at Cardiff University has found that children in the UK took less exercise, ate fewer vegetables and experienced worsening emotional issues following the coronavirus outbreak. By Richard Adams, The Guardian.

A review published by the DfE has detailed the challenges that would arise if attempts were made to extend the school day for COVID catch-up. By Catherine Lough, Tes.

Researchers at School Dash have produced a new analysis of Oak National academy data in order to explore how teaching and learning patterns shifted over the course of the pandemic. By Catherine Lough, Tes.

 

'What do schools need to know about pupil power and legal issues?'

 

David Smellie, a partner at law firm Farrer & Co, writes for Tes detailing key legal issues schools need to ensure they understand as pupils become more savvy with their rights.

 
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Tes

Sustainability and climate change: DfE set to announce new Duke of Edinburgh-style award scheme

 

According to The Telegraph, the DfE is planning to announce the creation of a new award scheme that will encourage students to work on projects focussing on the natural world. By Olivia Rudgard.

Tes has produced a video report from COP26 looking at how the climate emergency is being addressed in schools and what support teachers need. By Emma Seith.

 

'The Government must do more to support music and the arts in state schools'

 

Writing in The Times, Richard Morrison argues the Government must "breathe life back into schools" by addressing the issue of limited access to music and the arts in some state schools - subjects which he claims are "hanging by a thread".

 
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The Times

Union members at 37 universities vote for more strike action

 

Members of the University and College Union from 37 universities have voted in favour of more strike action in a long-running row over pensions. BBC News.

 
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BBC

Tes takes a closer look at 'Wear a Skirt to School Day'

 

Following recent coverage in the national press, Tes looks at 'Wear a Skirt to School Day' and explores the history behind the movement.

 
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Tes

 

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