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Oxbridge urged to lower offers to working class students

Oxbridge urged to lower offers to working class students

23/10/17

Labour politician David Lammy has suggested Oxbridge give lower grade offers to working-class students in order to bridge the attainment gap, as he uncovered damning data which showed more children got into the prestigious universities from the Home Counties than from the whole of the North.He made the point that very able students in lower-attaining schools may not be getting the 3 As which are a...

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Secondary pupil numbers continue to rise

Secondary pupil numbers continue to rise

14/07/17

The number of pupils in England's secondary schools is set to rise by almost a fifth within the next decade.Government figures show there are expected to be around half a million more secondary age children by 2026.The increase is being fuelled by the baby boom of the early 2000s, which means growing numbers of pupils moving through the school systemOverall pupil numbers are expected to increase by...

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GCSE pass levels causing confusion over university entry

GCSE pass levels causing confusion over university entry

28/06/17

There are warnings of confusion over university admissions from changes to GCSE exams in England which will create two different pass grades.A number of universities have minimum entry grades at GCSE level - such as a C grade pass at maths and English.But GCSEs are switching to numerical grades, from 9 to 1, and there is uncertainty because both 4 and 5 are officially classed as pass grades.Universities...

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Apple's Italian job for finding top talent

Apple's Italian job for finding top talent

23/05/17

Computer giant Apple is expanding its supply line of talented young people with digital skills, by doubling the intake of its European academy.Last year, the technology company opened an academy in Naples, in Italy, where students spend a year training to be developers, coders, app creators and start-up entrepreneurs.Places are awarded through open competition - with tests being held next month...

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Parents make a big difference just by talking

Parents make a big difference just by talking

19/04/17

The OECD has produced an international study of well-being and how young people feel about their lives.The think tank's education director Andreas Schleicher explains how much positive impact can come from simple changes such as parents taking time to talk to their children and eating a meal together.Perhaps the most distressing threat to student well-being is bullying, and it can have serious...

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Teach 'problem solving' to produce engineers, schools urged

Teach 'problem solving' to produce engineers, schools urged

31/03/17

Schools should focus less on "subjects" and more on teaching problem solving skills, say engineers in a report.A focus on "playful experimentation" could boost learning throughout UK schools, says the Royal Academy of Engineering. It could also instil a passion for engineering and help "overcome our current lack of engineers", it adds. Ministers say they want the UK to be world beating for...

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