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Daily News Summary
19 May 2022

image Ofqual warns pupils about GCSE hoax exam papers for sale on social media
image Science and Technology Committee hears evidence on diversity and inclusion in STEM
image Parents left overwhelmed as their children express interest in jobs they know nothing about, survey finds
image Ministers consider an intervention to stop student loan interest hitting 12%
image New mental health programme to be launched in 1000 state secondary schools
image SNP criticised for scrapping target to close education attainment gap by 2026
image Record number of Scottish students from deprived backgrounds applied to university in 2020-21

Ofqual warns pupils about GCSE hoax exam papers for sale on social media

 

Ofqual has warned school pupils to not be “distracted” by hoaxers “trying to sell fake exam papers on social media”, following the start of GCSE and A-level exams across England this week. By Freddie Whittaker, Schools Week.

 
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Schools Week

Science and Technology Committee hears evidence on diversity and inclusion in STEM

 

Jane Lunnon, head at Alleyn's School, appeared in front of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee yesterday which explored diversity and inclusion in STEM. Mrs Lunnon highlighted some potential factors contributing to the underrepresentation of girls in A-level physics, discussed curriculum reform and suggested that VR could be used to enhance the teaching of all subjects. Mrs Lunnon’s contribution to the session can be viewed on Parliament TV, from 10:32:30, and the full transcript can be read here.

Also speaking at the session, leading physicist Professor Dame Athene Donald claimed that girls do not take physics at A-level because they think the subject is only for white boys, adding "if you are black or if you are a woman, you don't see yourself fitting in". By Kate McGough, BBC News.

 

Parents left overwhelmed as their children express interest in jobs they know nothing about, survey finds

 

New findings from a survey by Talking Futures suggest more than two-thirds of parents of 11 to 18-year-olds in England are lost in a “job fog”, feeling overwhelmed as their children express interest in careers they know nothing about. By Amelia Hill, The Guardian.

 
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The Guardian

Ministers consider an intervention to stop student loan interest hitting 12%

 

iNews report that the Government is planning an intervention to stop the student loan interest rate hitting an “eyewatering” 12 per cent this September. By Will Hazell and Hugo Gye.

 
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iNews

New mental health programme to be launched in 1000 state secondary schools

 

According to The Times, a new programme is being introduced in 1000 state secondary schools that will give pupils the opportunity to complete a mental wellness “check-in”, from which any pupils whose mental health is at “high risk” can be identified. By Nicola Woolcock.

 
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The Times

SNP criticised for scrapping target to close education attainment gap by 2026

 

Oliver Mundell, the education spokesman for the Scottish Conservatives, has claimed the Scottish Government has failed children in Scotland by scrapping its promise to close the education attainment gap between children from the poorest backgrounds and their wealthier peers by 2026. By Daniel Sanderson, The Telegraph.

 
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The Telegraph

Record number of Scottish students from deprived backgrounds applied to university in 2020-21

 

According to a report from the Scottish Funding Council, a record number of Scottish students from deprived backgrounds enrolled in universities for the first time in 2020-21. By Emma Seith, Tes.

 
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Tes

 

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