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'Widespread interest' in A-level alternative

by Guardian, September 22, 2002

State schools have expressed "widespread interest" in an alternative A-level qualification expected to be available to sixth formers next year, the body developing the Cambridge Pre-U said today.
It also emerged today that a representative from the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust is on the liaison committee that is overseeing the development of the new Cambridge Pre-U qualification.

Draft syllabi in 24 Cambridge Pre-U subjects including traditional sciences, classical languages as well as sports science and comparative government and politics - are expected to be available this October when they will go out for consultation

A-level coursework change set out

by BBC, September 22, 2002

Changes are being made to the amount of coursework in A-level exams, as part of a review of the qualifications.
Despite controversy about the extent of cheating, the regulatory authorities are increasing the coursework component in English and in history.

It is being axed altogether in geography, although field trips will still be part of the course.

In most subjects, the number of study units will be reduced from six to four, two at AS-level and two at A2.

Schools system ‘in crisis’ blast

by Blackburn Citizen, September 22, 2002

THE head of a top East Lancashire grammar school has launched a scathing attack on the education system, warning it was in "crisis".

Doctor David Hempsall, head of Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Blackburn, said constant examinations had stifled the flair of both teachers and pupils.

In a wide-ranging attack on education policy, he accused the government of overseeing a fall in confidence in exams.

Plan ahead now for your child's schooling

by Scotsman, August 21, 2002

As children throughout the country prepare to start the new term, a surge in the cost of private education is set to hit parents in the pocket.

New fee scales show a 4-5 per cent rise in independent school fees - above the rate of inflation. For a child born this year, who goes on to attend a private day school, the cost of education between the ages of 11 and 18 could now exceed £140,000.