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A lesson learned as cricket goes back to schools

by Guardian, May 27, 2005

Then there was school. Nothing nobby about Battersea grammar. We didn't have a boating song, or stiff collars, but we did have a wonderful playing field, and a cricket pavilion built in their spare time by parents. There was competitive good standard cricket in the week and at weekends, all with the support of dedicated teachers. Had anyone the skills and the desire it was impossible not to have succeeded in such an environment.

Mix-up leads to last-minute exam

by BBC, May 27, 2005

More than 100 GCSE pupils received a last-minute call to sit an exam two weeks early after a mix-up meant they were given the wrong date.

Pupil expelled for 'hug' awarded damages

by Yorkshire, May 27, 2005

A Teenage boy has won damages from a Yorkshire council for missing seven months of schooling after being expelled over an alleged "hugging" incident.

Academy facing Ofsted criticism

by BBC, May 27, 2005

One of the government's new city academies is "failing to give its pupils an acceptable standard of education" inspectors have said.
Ofsted said Unity City Academy, Middlesbrough - which opened in 2002 - needed "special measures".

How you could get all A-grades too

by Independent, May 26, 2005

It's exam time again and teenagers are struggling with revision. Lucy Tobin, 19, a seasoned reviser who starts at Oxford in October, explains her technique for coming out on top

Exams = education? Not a hope...

by Telegraph, May 25, 2005

GCSE textbooks limit pupils, don't inspire them and insult their intelligence, says Susan Elkin
The GCSE system was a miserably thin concept even at its birth in 1988. Seventeen years later, it has been starved of rigour for so long that it is academically anorexic.

Labour has unleashed the dogs of class war

by Scotsman, May 24, 2005

'THE class war," declared Tony Blair at the Labour Party conference in 1999, "is over." I remember wondering at the time who had won. Since then, the Fettes-educated barrister who runs the country has acquired a £3.5 million house and a £2.5 million pension pot.

University 'snub' for star students

by Manchester, May 24, 2005

Students at private schools fear they are being discriminated against after nine pupils, who are predicted a clean sweep of A grades in their A levels, were turned away from every university they applied to.

Colleges warn of threat to adult education

by Financial Times, May 24, 2005

Colleges have warned that 200,000 places on adult education and training courses will be cut from September as the government diverts resources to those without basic skills or GCSE exam passes

Brightest pupils can 'get lost in system'

by icNewcastle, May 24, 2005

Thousands of the brightest children in the country are being let down by their state schools, according to research conducted for a Government adviser.
The study found that children in the top 5% nationally for academic ability do far better in schools where they are grouped together.

These schools don't need our charity

by Guardian, May 23, 2005

*We can't ban private education, but we shouldn't subsidise it either

Christopher Price - ex-MP, sometime vice-chancellor and perpetual educationist - is leading a one-man campaign to improve the charities bill. His anxieties, naturally enough, concern its application to "independent schools", for which "charitable status" provides a tax exemption that amounts to a government subsidy.

Secondary schools 'fail brightest children'

by London, May 23, 2005

Many comprehensives are failing Britain's brightest children, new research shows today.
Pupils who finish primary school at the top of the class fall back alarmingly because many secondaries fail to develop their talents.
Able children under-achieve because classmates cannot keep up with them.

Result depends on month of birth: Study

by Times of India, May 23, 2005

Exam board Edexcel has in its study found that students born late in the school year are at a disadvantage because of being 'young for their year', to the extent of making the difference between passing and failing

Bright pupils let down by state schools

by Times, May 23, 2005

Thousands of comprehensive schools are still failing Britain’s most able children, Ruth Kelly, the Education Secretary, has been told.
Research, commissioned by a key government adviser, shows that pupils rated among the brightest prospects at primary school go on to under-achieve at GCSE, The Times has learnt. Some do only nearly half as well as their peers in good schools.

Birthday Affects Maths Results - Research

by Scotsman, May 22, 2005

A snapshot of GCSE maths results appears to show that people born in August do less well than those born in September, it emerged today.
Exams board Edexcel discovered the pattern when looking at the results from 300,000 of its papers taken in 2003 and 2004.

It's a simple lesson: get pupils in on time, into uniform - and ...

by Independent, May 22, 2005

Dick Ewen knew he had it all to do when he took charge of Islington Arts and Media School. After all, its slide into management chaos and pupil violence had been featured on national television.
GCSE results were disastrously low, racial tensions high, and the school - serving the tough area of Finsbury Park, north London - had become a byword for lawlessness with gang fights outside. The humiliating situation was captured in a BBC2 documentary just as he started.

‘Graduates will have to work till they are 70’

by Independent, May 22, 2005

The Government is to give first-time buyers a leg-up on to the property ladder as it warns some of them to expect to work until they are 70.

The best for your children -- without breaking the bank

by Financial Times, May 21, 2005

I want the best education for my gifted darlings, but haven’t got the cash to pay for top-notch private schools. Any ideas?

Savoy chef's meals are recipe for exam success

by Telegraph, May 20, 2005

A school that appointed a cordon bleu head chef to run its kitchen and provide healthy food claims that its pupils' exam results have shot up and that their behaviour has been transformed as a result.
In the four years since the chef - who was trained at the Savoy Hotel - joined the comprehensive, the percentage gaining five or more good GCSE results has risen from 51 to 71 per cent.

Violence in the Classroom

by Scotsman, May 20, 2005

Tackling unruly behaviour and has long been a major headache for schools.
A controversial TV documentary recently exposed the scale of the problem by filming pupils fighting, smashing chairs and making crude sexual suggestions to a teacher.

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