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GCSE grades drop three times faster at ‘resitting schools’

Published on August 22, 2014, by

Ofqual says that schools that traditionally make the most use of GCSE resits have seen their results drop three times as fast as other institutions this summer. This is from the Telegraph…

…An analysis of English results carried out by Ofqual, the exams regulator, revealed that schools that made the most use of resits saw their C grades drop three times as fast as other secondaries this summer.

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GCSE grades rise, but sharp fall in English

Published on August 22, 2014, by

The BBC, in its GCSE results overview, is reporting that there has been a sharp fall in English GCSE grades, but on average across all GCSE subjects this year’s results show a rise in A* to C grades…

…Exam officials revealed that 68.8% of entries scored A*-C, up 0.7 percentage points on last summer…

Andrew Hall, head of the AQA exam board, said the most significant impact on this year’s results has been the big fall in younger pupils taking exams a year early.

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Heads’ union vows to investigate drop in English GCSE grades

Published on August 22, 2014, by

The TES is reporting that a headteachers’ union has pledged to investigate a drop in English GCSE grades after a spate of schools complained of receiving unexpected results…

…Several schools told TES they had been hit by low results, with one teacher reporting that overall grades in the subject were 30 per cent lower than had been predicted.

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GCSE results 2014: girls pulling further ahead of boys

Published on August 22, 2014, by

Contrary to expectations, the Telegraph is reporting that girls have pulled further ahead of boys at the age of 16 despite the introduction of reforms expected to narrow the GCSE gender gap…

Figures from exam boards show that 73.1 per cent of girls’ exams were graded at least a C this summer, compared with 64.3 per cent of tests sat by boys.

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Teens turn on Gove as GCSE English grades show biggest fall in years

Published on August 22, 2014, by

The Times is reporting that hundreds of teenagers have been posting online abuse at Michael Gove after the biggest fall in GCSE English results for more than 20 years…

Young people who failed GCSEs blamed the former education secretary for their disappointing results, with some angry parents and grandparents following suit.

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GCSE results: Entries in single sciences ‘fall off cliff edge’

Published on August 22, 2014, by

The TES is reporting that serious concerns have been raised following the sharp decline in entries for separate sciences at GCSE…

Each of the single sciences suffered significant falls in entries compared to last year, with biology down by almost a fifth (18.6 per cent), and chemistry and physics dropping by 16.8 per cent and 14.6 per cent respectively.

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GCSEs: rise in vocational subjects and computing

Published on August 22, 2014, by

Writing in the Conversation, Professor Tina Isaacs, who is programme leader for Educational Assessment at the Institute of Education, notes a rise in vocational and computing subjects in this year’s GCSE results…

Despite a number of dire warnings, overall GCSE results have not been very volatile.

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How far will teachers go to improve GCSE results if their pay depends on it?

Published on August 22, 2014, by

Writing in the Guardian, Sarah Marsh points that for the first time since the introduction of performance-related pay, students’ results could affect their teacher’s salary and explores the risks around the policy change…

…A teacher’s pay is now decided by their headteacher according to how well they have performed that year, and results may well be a factor.

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GCSE results: Spanish to become ‘dominant’ language in schools

Published on August 22, 2014, by

The TES is reporting that claims from the head of one of the country’s biggest exam boards that Spanish will soon become the most commonly-taught foreign language in UK schools…

The prediction by Andrew Hall, chief of executive of AQA, comes after the subject bucked the national drop in GCSEs taken this summer to record a record number of entries.

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GCSEs at school of last resort: no grins, just pride and KFC for star pupil

Published on August 22, 2014, by

The Guardian is reporting from Roman Fields pupil referral unit, where all students have been excluded at least once, as teachers celebrate what they describe as’phenomenal’ achievements…

Kai Coates was five when he was excluded from his first school. He spent a year and a half at home with his mum and then, aged seven, was sent to a boarding school for children with emotional and behavioural difficulties.

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The school that proves Michael Gove is right

Published on August 22, 2014, by

Writing in the Telegraph, Toby Young argues that the results from London’s King Solomon Academy show that Michael Gove’s enthusiasm for schools to teach a knowledge-based curriculum to all has been vindicated…

Success has many fathers, and on Twitter the fight to claim credit for the results at King Solomon Academy has already begun.

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Academy celebrates a 100% GCSE first

Published on August 22, 2014, by

The Times is reporting that a school that was at the vanguard of the academies movement has become the first comprehensive where 100 per cent of pupils achieved five good GCSEs including English and maths…

Thomas Telford School which opened 23 years ago as a city technology college, was given freedoms that were radical at the time.

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How important are GCSE grades when applying to university?

Published on August 22, 2014, by

The Guardian has been looking at the importance of GCSEs for university applications and suggests for some courses and institutions they’re ‘very important’ but for others they might be meaningless…

…plans to decouple AS-levels from A-levels – meaning sixth formers may not sit AS exams at the end of year 12 – could cause GCSEs to carry more weight in future years.

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Teacher accused of sex act with pupil is cleared and says teachers have no power when allegations are made

Published on August 22, 2014, by

The Mail is reporting that a public school teacher accused of engaging in sexual activity with a female pupil spoke of his frustration yesterday after he was cleared of any wrongdoing…

Russell Woolwright, 30, said the false allegations had forced him to resign from his job as an economics teacher at £30,000-a-year Canford School in Dorset, where he had worked for five years.

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Telford school ‘had taken steps to help pupil’ who was found hanging

Published on August 22, 2014, by

The Shropshire Star is reporting that staff at a Telford school have insisted they had put a range of measures in place to protect a pupil who was found hanging at his home…

The inquest for Lakeside Academy pupil Dylan Stewart recorded a narrative verdict, as Shropshire Coroner John Ellery said he could not prove beyond reasonable doubt that the 12-year-old intended to kill himself.

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Today’s poll: Have results boosted by resitting been unfair on schools/students that don’t?

Published on August 22, 2014, by

Ofqual’s analysis of GCSE results shows schools more likely to have used resitting in the past have taken, on average, a bigger hit to their results. This suggests resitting may have helped boost their results in previous years over schools that haven’t made the same use of the practice.

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GCSEs 2014: schools in uproar as English grades drop

Published on August 21, 2014, by

According to the Telegraph, schools are reporting a dramatic dip in GCSE English grades following an unprecedented shake-up of the exams system…

The number of 16-year-olds gaining at least a C grade in English – one of the core subjects – is expected to fall on Thursday after examiners scrapped marks for speaking and listening.

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