EDITORIAL: Change badly needed to end exam cheating

By EDITORIALMore by this Author The safeguards put in place to curb cheating have seen the Form Four examinations, which started in earnest this week, run smoothly. However, several incidents have been reported of attempted cheating. More than 30 suspects have been arrested and a number charged in court over exam cheating, and the crackdown […]

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Britain has created a crisis in childhood, says former children’s commissioner | Education

Childhood is being ruined in the UK, and the education system under Theresa May’s government is largely to blame. That is the central message of a new book, The British Betrayal of Childhood, published this week by the former children’s commissioner for England, Sir Al Aynsley-Green. “Is there a crisis in childhood in Britain? My […]

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Ofsted inspectors to stop using exam results as mark of success | Education

School inspectors are to ditch using exam results as a criteria for success because of Ofsted’s concern that the current focus on test scores has reduced teachers to the status of “data managers”. In a round of broadcast interviews Ofsted’s chief inspector, Amanda Spielman, repeated that the current “focus on data is coming at the […]

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Labour plans to remove incentive for teachers to ‘off-roll’ students | Education

Labour has revealed plans to tackle the problem of “off-rolling” in schools, when headteachers exclude students who are likely to do badly in their GCSEs because their results could compromise the school’s performance in league tables. Recent analysis by the schools watchdog, Ofsted, found that more than 19,000 pupils who were in year 10 of […]

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Section 144 imposed in Mathura for upcoming exams, festivals

Advance permission from the city magistrate/ SDM  has been made mandatory for any dharna. (Representative image: Express) Prohibitory orders under Section 144 have been promulgated in Uttar Pradesh’s Mathura district with immediate effect in view of the upcoming festivals and exams, an official said on Tuesday. “The orders would remain in force till November 9,” […]

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KS2 results show widening gulf between strongest and weakest primary schools | Education

The gulf between the strongest- and weakest-performing primary schools in England widened this year, according to national results from key stage 2 tests of literacy and maths taken by 11-year-olds in spring. The widening gap was driven by improved performance among local authorities such as Richmond-upon-Thames, where 80% of pupils met the expected standards in […]

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‘I’d go home, stress, cry, eat, cry’: Manchester pupils on new GCSEs | Education

The summer of 2018 will not be fondly remembered by many 16-year-olds. There were stifling sports halls, sleepless nights and sweeping changes to GCSEs that left many fearing the worst come results day. It was no surprise, then, that the overwhelming feeling was relief when students at two schools in Manchester ripped open their envelopes […]

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Don’t overstate the narrowing GCSE gender gap | Education

So here we are, the last big day of this year’s examination results season on which over half a million pupils in England will collect their GCSE results. As is fast becoming traditional, there have been changes that need explaining. Last year saw the introduction of the new GCSE qualifications in English and mathematics. Out […]

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GCSEs: boys close gap on girls after exams overhaul | Education

Boys appear to have been the major beneficiary of the new GCSE examinations taken in England for the first time this summer, as results showed across-the-board improvements in boys gaining top marks while girls saw their share of top grades dip. Across the UK the proportion of students gaining an A or 7 and above, […]

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