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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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Bletchley Park: 'Codebreakers school' planned for site

Bletchley Park: 'Codebreakers school' planned for site

24/11/16

Bletchley Park, the site of secret code-deciphering projects during World War Two, could become the centre for a new generation of codemakers and codebreakers.There are plans for a training college to teach cybersecurity skills to 16-19 year olds at the Buckinghamshire site.Former Home Secretary Lord Reid said it had become vital to build up the "talent pool" for cyber-defence.The college in a wartime...

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Cash injection to secure youth music for four years

Cash injection to secure youth music for four years

22/11/16

Practical music teaching in England, delivered by a network of 121 hubs, is secure for another four years, ministers have announced. The hubs, first set up in 2012, allow children to play instruments, sing in choirs or play in bands, but continued funding has been uncertain.Now the government has announced £300m to last over the next four years. The Musicians Union said the cash would...

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Oxford University to launch first 'Mooc' course

Oxford University to launch first 'Mooc' course

15/11/16

Oxford University has announced its first "massive open online course" - or so-called Mooc - in a partnership with a US online university network.These free online courses have grown in popularity with hundreds of universities and millions of students. But until now Oxford has not offered such Mooc courses. It is going to run an economics course partnered with online platform edX, set up...

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Why do Finnish pupils succeed with less homework?

Why do Finnish pupils succeed with less homework?

08/11/16

How do Finnish youngsters spend less time in school, get less homework and still come out with some of the best results in the world?The question gets to the heart of a lot of parental angst about hard work and too much pressure on children in school.Parents facing all those kitchen table arguments over homework might wonder about its value if the Finns are getting on just fine without burning...

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