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'Research schools' for social mobility zones

'Research schools' for social mobility zones

18/01/17

Education Secretary Justine Greening is to announce a wave of "research schools" to raise standards in disadvantaged parts of England.This will be part of an announcement of six more "opportunity areas", where efforts will be focused to improve social mobility.There will now be 12 opportunity areas in total and each will have a research school.These schools will encourage innovation and share evidence...

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Confusion over numerical GCSE grades sparks publicity drive

Confusion over numerical GCSE grades sparks publicity drive

16/01/17

There is widespread confusion about England's new GCSE grading system, says the exams regulator Ofqual. Starting this summer, GCSE grades A* to G will be phased out in favour of grades numbered from nine to one. However, around 70% of more than 400 parents and pupils surveyed by Ofqual did not understand the system. "It is really important we explain the basics, like the fact that nine...

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Oxford academics warning of Brexit 'disaster'

Oxford academics warning of Brexit 'disaster'

12/01/17

A "hard Brexit" would be the "biggest disaster" to have hit the UK's universities for many years, a university head told MPs.Alistair Fitt, vice chancellor of Oxford Brookes, was giving evidence to the Education Select Committee, holding a special away-day session at the University of Oxford.With the elegant panorama of Pembroke College behind them, the MPs wanted to find out what would be the impact...

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London school's towering performance in Pisa tests

London school's towering performance in Pisa tests

19/12/16

A school in north London could be among the best in the world after scoring better in international rankings than even top performers like Singapore.The international Pisa education rankings, published earlier this month, showed UK 15-year-olds were well behind the leaders when it came to maths, science and reading - but a handful of UK schools bucked the trend. Michael McKenzie, head teacher...

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A Level choice 'more important with AS-levels changes'

A Level choice 'more important with AS-levels changes'

09/12/16

A shake-up of the exams system makes it all the more important for teenagers to think carefully about their A-level choices, leading universities say.Sixth-formers now have fewer chances to try a subject at AS-level before committing to taking the full A-level.This means their subject choices carry more weight, according to the Russell Group, which represents 24 research-intense UK institutions.The...

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Chaotic careers education harms economy, says Ofsted

Chaotic careers education harms economy, says Ofsted

28/11/16

Chaotic careers education in England's schools could jeopardise the UK's future economic prosperity, says education watchdog Ofsted. Lack of an "overarching government strategy" means a generation is leaving school unready for work, it argues.  The UK's post-Brexit success depends on harnessing "home-grown talent", says chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw. The government said its strategy...

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