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Ofqual finds evidence of grade inflation in applied generals

by TES, December 12, 2018

There is “sound evidence of unwarranted grade inflation” with the older-style level 3 BTEC qualifications, according to research by Ofqual.

Strengthening vocational and technical qualifications

by GOV.UK, December 12, 2018

Ofqual is today (Wednesday 12 December) publishing research that identifies evidence of grade inflation associated with internal assessment in some ‘older style’ Applied General qualifications.

Stefania Giannini: 'Strong universities lessen social tensions'

by Guardian, December 12, 2018

Universities are being pulled in different directions according to Stefania Giannini, the UN’s top education official. They need to become more global to reflect the international mobility of graduate employees, at the same time as the concept of globalisation is stoking social tensions in many countries. And they’re expected to collaborate, just as competition for students and research funding is at its fiercest.

Three ways to engage parents in pupil wellbeing

by TES, December 11, 2018

Barriers between teachers and parents should be torn down – schools need all the allies they can get, says Natasha Devon

Ofsted research finds schools in poorest areas have best curriculum

by Schools Week, December 11, 2018

Ofsted has found schools in the most deprived communities outscored their more affluent counterparts in its new study on the quality of curriculum – suggesting the watchdog’s new focus could turn the tables on inspections unfairly grading schools in poor areas.

Commentary on curriculum research - phase 3

by GOV.UK, December 11, 2018

In January, I will consult on our new education inspection framework (EIF). As I have already announced, the heart of our proposals will be to refocus inspections on the quality of education, including curriculum intent, implementation and impact.

Chief inspector says new inspection regime could be fairer to schools in deprived areas

by TES, December 11, 2018

Ofsted has published new research today exploring how it will assess the curriculum in its new inspection regime.

Young highly sceptical of social mobility

by BBC News, December 11, 2018

Young people are highly sceptical about advancement being a reality, according to a survey from the relaunched Social Mobility Commission.

Oxbridge is not the gold standard for graduate talent and ability – employers need to start looking elsewhere

by Independent, December 9, 2018

Oxbridge seems to recruit extraordinarily heavily from a small group of southern private schools (presumed to include Eton and Westminster) according to a new analysis by the estimable Sutton Trust.

Education Secretary vows to boost vulnerable children's outcomes

by GOV.UK, December 9, 2018

Teachers and social workers will get advice to improve vulnerable children’s wellbeing, behaviour and school attendance, as the Education Secretary vows to tackle their significantly worse educational outcomes.

‘Every child should be taught joined-up writing’

by TES, December 9, 2018

Cursive, or "joined-up", handwriting seems to have taken a real hit in recent years. With the increased use of ICT in schools and more focus on content than on the intricacies of the English language, I am seeing this notionally "old-fashioned" way of writing less and less in classrooms.

Oxbridge needs to guarantee places for the best state school pupils

by Guardian, December 9, 2018

Oxbridge does not represent Britain’s best or the brightest: let’s just get that out of the way. Many of the country’s most intelligent, thoughtful and perceptive people do not attend either Oxford or Cambridge. Both institutions are instead, disproportionately, attended by the best performing slice of the most economically privileged teenagers in the country.

Weekly texts and 7 other ways for schools to engage parents

by TES, December 7, 2018

New guidance and ideas for schools to get parents involved in children’s learning has been published by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) today.

The report draws on a recent EEF review of evidence and provides an overview of the research – with the caveat that the evidence in this area is less rigorous than in some other aspects of education.

Exclusive: First ever drop in TA numbers a 'serious problem'

by TES, December 7, 2018

A senior educationalist has described the first ever fall in the number of teaching assistants in England as being “a serious problem" for schools.

Revision tips: how to avoid a meltdown in the exam hall

by Guardian, December 7, 2018

Exams are looming. For first-year students in particular, they can feel especially foreboding. Here we’ve brought together experts including psychologists, lecturers and wellbeing counsellors to give their top advice on how to sail through your exams, from preparation tips to dealing with mid-exam panic.

Oxbridge 'over-recruits from eight schools'

by BBC, December 7, 2018

Oxford and Cambridge are being accused of being so socially exclusive that they recruit more students from eight top schools than almost 3,000 other English state schools put together.

The Sutton Trust social mobility charity says the leading universities are failing to attract a wide enough range of talent.

Trust founder Sir Peter Lampl said all young people needed a "fair chance".

Oxford University said they are "very aware" that they "must work harder".

The study examined Oxford and Cambridge admissions data between 2015 and 2017 and found a handful of schools, mostly private, disproportionately dominating the number of places awarded.

Why do dyslexic students do worse at university?

by The Guardian, December 6, 2018

The proportion of UK university students who are dyslexic has increased markedly in recent years, rising to around 5%. Yet there remains a significant dyslexia attainment gap: around 40% of dyslexic students achieve a 2.1 or above, compared to 52% of non-dyslexic students. Dyslexia is unrelated to intelligence, so why does this gap persist?

Children from rich families more active than poorer peers – Sport England survey

by Guardian, December 6, 2018

Children from the richest families are more active than those from less affluent families, figures from Sport England show, prompting calls for a more collective effort to make sport accessible for all children.

Expert panel confirmed to raise education outcomes in North East

by GOV.UK, December 6, 2018

School leaders and business executives have been named among the group tasked with raising aspirations and creating more opportunities for young people in the North East of England.

Exam special consideration requests highest for at least 5 years

by TES, December 6, 2018

The number of requests for special consideration in GCSE, AS and A levels increased by 1 per cent in 2018 despite the overall number of candidates falling, new figures show.

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