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More than 18,000 school exams marked wrongly

by Independent, May 20, 2005

A dramatic rise in the number of teenagers given the wrong GCSE and A-level grades last summer has been revealed by the Government's exams watchdog.
A total of 18,359 exam scripts were marked wrongly - a rise of 1,467 (9 per cent) on the previous year's figures, the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) report shows.

MP takes up fight for school places

by Bucks, May 20, 2005

MP Dominic Grieve will take the unprecedented step today of presenting a petition to Buckinghamshire county councillors.
It is from parents in Gerrards Cross and Denham, and others, calling on the county council to make more places available at grammar schools.

Grammar school admission plan fails

by Bucks, May 20, 2005

A new system to co-ordinate school admissions policies is leading to fewer children from poor families applying to grammar schools and should be scrapped, says a government adviser. Sir Peter Lampl, chairman of the Sutton Trust educational charity, which campaigns for fairer access to selective schools, said applications from disadvantaged homes to Pate's Grammar School in Cheltenham, where he funds schemes to broaden access, were at their lowest level in a decade. "A system intended to simplify school admissions and improve choice actually has the opposite effect," he said.

Does classical music make babies smarter?

by BBC, May 19, 2005

As well as classical CDs and DVDs for very young children, this week sees the launch of a programme of concerts for babies - including those in utero.
Does playing classical music to babies make a difference? Opinion is divided; but many experts think that it may stimulate the brain in a way that helps educational and emotional development.

Secondary school facing closure

by BBC, May 19, 2005

A comprehensive school with 558 pupils is set to close in the first phase of a reorganisation in Swansea.

Exam results rise after queries

by BBC, May 19, 2005

More than 18,000 A-level and GCSE exam grades were changed after being queried last year, figures show.

Private academy produces worse results than schools it replaced

by Guardian, May 19, 2005

The project to replace failing inner city schools with privately backed academies has come under renewed scrutiny after an inspector's report revealed the underachievement at one academy.

Spurned child prodigy leapt 50ft to death

by Times, May 19, 2005

A former child prodigy slashed his arms and jumped 50ft to his death after a female student rejected his advances, an inquest was told yesterday.

Call to scrap school entry system

by BBC, May 18, 2005

A government adviser is calling on ministers to scrap a new admissions system which he says has meant less choice for poorer families.

School days chronicled by headmaster

by Watford, May 18, 2005

A Book written to celebrate 300 years of the Watford Grammar Schools was launched on Tuesday, May 10, with suitable pomp and circumstance at the Old Free School in the town centre.

Weak schools shut every eight days

by BBC, May 17, 2005

Failing schools in England are being closed at the rate of one every eight days, official figures reveal.
The Queen's Speech outlined plans for a more streamlined approach to shutting underachieving schools.
But the figures show that struggling schools already are being axed routinely - with 46 shut last year after poor Ofsted reports.

Grammar schools get thumbs up

by Belfast Telegraph, May 17, 2005

New research by the London School of Economics has revealed grammar schools are the best way to improve a person's social and economic status.

Starting over

by Guardian, May 17, 2005

Discipline, respect, standards and parent power: in her first interview since the election, Ruth Kelly sets out her stall for the new term.

City academy to be failed by Ofsted inspectors

by Independent, May 16, 2005

One of the Government's city academies is set to be failed by Ofsted inspectors, putting pressure on ministers to justify the controversial programme which is expensive but has so far failed to deliver significant improvements in results.

We have no idea how many students cheat at GCSE and A-level, says ...

by Telegraph, May 15, 2005

The head of Britain's examinations watchdog has admitted that it is impossible to know how many students cheat in GCSE and A-level examinations.
Ken Boston, the chief executive of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, revealed that he had ordered a review of exam coursework - which makes up one third of the marks in many subjects - to find ways to curb cheats.

Incorrect spelling will not be penalised in English tests

by Telegraph, May 15, 2005

Skool xams definitly aint what they used to be. Concern about the nation's spelling abilities may have spawned a best-selling book and a television series, but for today's pupils, ignorance of "i before e except after c" is no barrier to success.

Teachers may turn the tables

by Oxford, May 15, 2005

The Government can't say it hasn't been warned.

New Labour's commitment to education, education, education has been all very well.

But its relentless obsession with league tables and test results has driven headteachers in Oxford to the very brink of all-out rebellion.

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The most outspoken Joe Johnson of Sandhills Primary, Oxford says for many hard-working teachers and their pupils, tables are just a public humiliation.

He plans to disrupt the whole system by withholding some of the data the Government needs to prepare the tables.

Is Blair risking a bloody nose?

by Daily Mail, May 14, 2005

Tonight, Channel 5 reveals the devastating level of classroom indiscipline. And a record 700,000 secondary pupils skip lessons every year, despite the £1billion spent fighting truancy.

Headteacher calls for sixth-forms in schools

by Harrow, May 14, 2005

A local headteacher has demanded more government money to allow Harrow schools to provide sixth-form education.

Beleaguered board loses exam papers

by St Albans, May 12, 2005

The exam board that wrongly marked a batch of A level exam papers has recalled nearly half a million papers after some were stolen or lost. Papers which were on their way to exam centres across the country were lost from one van in "an inadvertent spillage" and stolen from another.

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