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Single-sex classes are backed by academics

by Independent, May 30, 2005

Children should be taught some subjects in single-sex classes within mixed schools to help overcome the "laddish" culture that stops boys learning, a government research project has concluded.
Teaching boys and girls separately for some subjects can help them concentrate better and achieve higher exam results because they no longer need to show off in front of the opposite sex, the study by Cambridge University academics concluded.

Ruth Kelly hints at U-turn on future of A-levels and GCSEs

by Independent, May 30, 2005

Ruth Kelly, Secretary of State for Education, cast fresh doubt over the future of A-levels by promising to consider a diploma to replace traditional exams.
Ms Kelly angered the educational establishment when one of her first acts as Education Secretary was to reject plans from the former chief schools inspector Sir Mike Tomlinson to replace A-levels and GCSEs with a continental-style diploma.

University bias hits top state schools

by Times, May 29, 2005

A confidential list drawn up by a top university has identified for the first time high-performing state schools whose pupils face being denied places because of “positive discrimination”.

The document reveals that it is not only independent schools that have fallen victim to government-imposed targets to broaden the social mix of undergraduates.

Half A Million GCSE Papers Recalled

by Scotsman, May 29, 2005

Nearly half a million GCSE exams are being recalled after question papers were “spilled” from one delivery van and stolen from another, it emerged today.
The AQA board’s papers for science, history and French, due to be taken next month, are being replaced with new exams after the security breach, a spokesman said.

Single Sex Classes Needed to Help Boys Learn

by Scotsman, May 29, 2005

Schools should teach children in single-sex classes to overcome the “laddish” culture that stops boys learning, according to a major Government research project.
The study found teaching boys and girls separately for some subjects helped boys concentrate on their lessons and score better exam grades.

Answer to teen pregnancy is easy: a decent education

by Sunday Herald, May 29, 2005

Muriel Gray argues that it’s not necessarily a waste of a life for teenagers to give birth … what is a tragedy is that girls as young as 12 seek motherhood because they are ignorant of what else the world has to offer

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.


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