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ISC Daily News Summary 29 July 2022

AQA staff begin 72-hour strike over pay

Recruitment and retention

Members of Unison from England’s biggest exam board AQA have started a 72-hour strike over pay today, increasing the chance of delays to GCSE and A-level results. By Rachel Hall, The Guardian.

Education secretary condemns mistakes in this year's exam papers and advance information


The education secretary James Cleverly has condemned a series of “unacceptable” mistakes in this year's exam papers and advance information, warning that Ofqual could take “regulatory action”. By Tom Belger, Schools Week.

Rishi Sunak says he would back the return of grammar schools

Grammar schools

During a leadership debate between Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss, Mr Sunak said he would back the return of grammar schools, adding: "I believe in educational excellence, I believe education is the most powerful way we can transform people's lives." BBC News.

Almost 3000 trainee teachers failed to finish their course in 2020-21

Teacher training

New Department of Education (DfE) data has revealed that the number of final-year trainees not completing their courses soared in 2020-21 to almost 3000 as a result of the introduction of extensions for trainees whose courses were disrupted during the pandemic. By Freddie Whittaker, Schools Week.

White teens least likely to go to Britain's top universities, data reveals

Higher education

According to statistics released yesterday by the DfE, white teenagers are proportionately the least likely ethnic group to go to Britain’s top universities for the first time on record. By Louisa Clarence-Smith, The Telegraph.

Investigations into suspected cheating almost doubled during the pandemic at Oxford University

Higher education

The Telegraph reports that investigations into suspected cheating at the University of Oxford almost doubled during the pandemic, from 35 in 2018-19 to 68 in 2019-20 and 77 in 2020-21. By Louisa Clarence-Smith.

School suspensions up 13 per cent during the pandemic in the state sector

General education

According to new government data pupil suspensions across state schools in England rose by 13 per cent during the second year of the pandemic, while permanent exclusions continued to fall. By Amy Walker, Schools Week.

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