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Michael Gove's tougher GCSEs 'harm social mobility'

by TES, December 5, 2019

Reformed GCSEs have widened the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers, and may have harmed social mobility in the future, research has concluded.

The Sutton Trust charity analysed GCSE scores during a period of reform to England's exams system – which began in 2015 under then education secretary Michael Gove.

UK schools' income from abroad more than doubles

by TES, December 5, 2019

UK schools income from abroad, such as overseas campuses and distance learning, has more than doubled in seven years, new figures released by the Department for Education show.

Lesson that proves traditional teaching is top of the class: British schools are climbing the global league after ten years of education reforms - but there is still work to be done, writes community school founder Katharine Birbalsingh

by Daily Mail, December 5, 2019

Britain’s schools have been given an encouraging report. Ten years ago, we were ranked 25th in the international league tables, according to the Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa), which studies the test scores of 15-year-olds across 79 countries and regions.

Would you pass the Oxford University interview questions?

by Independent, December 5, 2019

The University of Oxford has released a sample of interview questions to assist prospective students who want to secure a place at the prestigious institution.

Among the list of questions are: “Is war the opposite of politics?” and “What is the significance of the brain’s ‘face area’ and it being stimulated when people see and recognise faces?”

New GCSEs 'widen gap between rich and poor'

by BBC, December 5, 2019

The new GCSE system in England is in danger of "further disadvantaging the disadvantaged", research for the social mobility charity Sutton Trust finds.

The study says grades for disadvantaged pupils fell slightly, compared to their peers, by just over a quarter of a grade across nine subjects.

These pupils were also less likely to get a 9 grade - with 1% achieving this compared to 5% of wealthier children.

Scotland's private schools to start paying full tax from next year

by Scotsman, December 4, 2019

Scotland's private schools will face new tax bills from next September when they will lose their charitable status relief, it has been confirmed.

Public finance minister Kate Forbes told a Holyrood committee on Wednesday it was the government's intention to change private schools' tax status from 1st September 2020 - three years after the move was first recommended.

How to get kids to read books

by BBC, December 4, 2019

The UK has risen up the rankings in an international league table on educational achievement, making gains in reading, according to the Pisa tests run by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Harwich and Dovercourt High School in Essex offers books to its pupils to read for pleasure outside of English lessons.

SPONSORED: Are your learners leaving education with the skills employers look for?

by FE Week, December 4, 2019

When we simplify it down, employers – no matter what industry they operate in – are looking for talent. They want talent that works for the changing needs of their business. Talent they can grow and cultivate. What’s more, this talent does not always mean qualifications evidenced by a piece of paper – it means transferable, usable skills, values and competency.

English school children are climbing the international league tables as rest of the UK lags behind

by Telegraph, December 4, 2019

English school children are climbing the international league tables while the rest of the UK is lagging behind, according to a major global study.

Teenagers in England scored higher than their peers from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in the latest Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) league table.

Why maths A level is the ticket to a top university

by TES, December 4, 2019

There’s something special about maths A-level, according to Dr Catherine Dilnot.

The academic, now a senior lecturer in accounting, finance and economics at Oxford Brookes University, explored the issue of A-level choice for her PhD thesis (published last year), and found that maths A level offered a particular boost when it came to securing a place at a high-ranking institution.

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Why careers education needs international inspiration

by TES, December 4, 2019

When creating something new for the UK, it makes sense to take a look at the wider world to get a better understanding of what’s already out there and what’s working internationally.

Brexit – an unexpected boost for British independent schools?

by IE Today, December 4, 2019

While Brexit uncertainty means all eyes are on Europe, families from outside the EU – specifically China, Hong Kong, the US, Canada and Australia – are taking advantage of our weak pound and wobbly economy, and grabbing the opportunity to purchase a world class British education at a cut price. Our shouty political pantomime is music to the ears of families who deal in yen and dollars.

Private tutors are the most expensive in this UK region

by Study International News, December 4, 2019

Hampshire is the most expensive place to hire private tutors in the UK, a new study has found.

Tutors in this county on the southern coast of England charge an average hourly cost of £39.56, according to the report by online tutoring platform TutorHouse. London and Surrey rounded up the top three most expensive regions, with average hourly rates of £39.01 and £38.89 respectively.

Exclusive: Pensions hike forces private school mergers

by TES, December 4, 2019

Smaller independent schools are having to adopt new business plans in order to cope with increased financial pressures caused by rising teacher pension costs and teacher pay rises, Tes can reveal.

Don't be fooled by these Pisa results – we're still not teaching maths in the right way in this country

by telegragh , December 3, 2019

Britain has just done much better than we might have expected in our ranking of Mathematics in the Pisa league tables. But we are in danger of being lulled into a false sense of security. We may be better at teaching maths at primary level – and that has undoubtedly fed through to the 15 year-olds who take the PISA tests, but the point at which we should start teaching a really good mathematician properly is being utterly missed.

Private schools continue to dominate upper end of rankings

by Irish Times, December 3, 2019

Half of the 20 schools which sent the highest proportion of their students to third-level education in 2019 are fee-paying, according to figures published today in the annual Feeder Schools supplement.

Social background continues to be a crucial factor in the degree of academic attainment that will be achieved by second-level students in Ireland. In stark contrast to the schools with higher progression rates, fewer than 15 per cent of students attending schools in some of the most disadvantaged areas make it through to tertiary-level education.

Private schools keep grip on high-points college courses

by Irish Times, December 3, 2019

Pupils emerging from private schools are keeping a strong grip on the most sought-after third-level courses, despite millions being spent on narrowing the class gap in education.

The annual Irish Times Feeder Schools list – which measures the proportion of pupils who progress to third level – shows a gaping social divide between affluent and poorer areas.

Harrogate Grammar School hosted its annual Oxbridge Conference

by Harrogate News, December 2, 2019

The Sixth Form at Harrogate Grammar School hosted its sixth annual Oxbridge Conference recently, with schools represented from across the region and further afield, including Benton Park, Crawshaw Academy, Gosforth Academy, Malton School, Ilkley Grammar School, Rossett School, Prince Henry’s Grammar School, Pudsey Grangefield School, Rossett High School, Ralph Thoresby School and Whitley Bay High School.

Is Labour’s promise to close private schools really such a good idea?

by Hastings Observer, December 2, 2019

In the first half of the 20th century, both the Communists in Russia, and the Nazis in Germany were quick to harness the potential of the education system in order to indoctrinate students in their respective ideologies.

This manipulation of the education system included closing private schools, rewriting textbooks and retaining only ‘loyalist’ teachers. It is unnecessary to go into detail here, as the facts are well-documented.

Wisbech Grammar School pupil takes first place in Cranmer Awards in Norfolk to go through to national final

by Fenland Citizen, December 1, 2019

Wisbech Grammar School pupil takes Junior First Place in the annual Cranmer Awards in Norfolk.

The Cranmer Awards are an annual competition run by the Prayer Book Society to introduce young people to the 1662 Book of Common Prayer.

Entrants from across the country read or recite a passage of their choice, up to five minutes in duration, from the book.