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When is GCSE results day 2019? Date, what time grade boundaries are released and how the marks work

by iNews, June 14, 2019

After finishing their gruelling programme of GCSE exams, hundreds of thousands of teenagers across the UK must then wait a couple of months before finding out how they did.

This year, results day falls on Thursday 22 August. Students will be able to collect their results from their school or college in the morning, generally from 10am.

If unable to collect in person, pupils can nominate somebody to pick them up on their behalf, or arrange in advance with the school for their grades be posted or emailed.

Number of applicants securing their first choice of secondary schools drops

by Edexec, June 14, 2019

Newly-released data shows that the number of pupils being placed at their preferred secondary school has dropped
The statistics for the number of primary and secondary school applications, for the academic year starting September 2019, were released yesterday.

The results show that a fifth of pupils in England didn’t receive their first choice of secondary school; in fact, that proportion has dropped to its lowest point in 10 years.

Additionally, since 2013, there has been a 20.9% rise in applications for secondary schools.

Is it time for Curriculum for Excellence 2.0?

by TES, June 14, 2019

It is said that one winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics, when asked if he could explain why he had won in 25 words or fewer, replied: “If I could explain it in fewer than 25 words, it wouldn't have been worth the Nobel Prize!’’ Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence (CfE), too, has been hard to sum up pithily. And that long-running complaint has become particularly topical again as Wales embarks on a similar journey, using some waymarks of CfE to guide it.

Retain choice in post-16 qualifications, say employers

by TES, June 14, 2019

Employers believe applied general qualifications as BTECs should not be scrapped, a new survey suggests.

The polling by YouGov, commissioned by BTECs exam board Pearson, found that the majority of respondents supported retaining applied generals as an option alongside A levels and T levels.

A Department for Education consultation on post-16 qualifications at level 3 and below, exploring which qualifications should be retained alongside the “gold standard” A levels, T levels and apprenticeships, closed on Monday. A second stage of the consultation on the plans will follow.

Britain’s strictest school to open second free school after government backing

by Independent, June 14, 2019

A controversial free school dubbed “the strictest in the country” will open a new school after securing government approval.

The new Michaela Community School, renowned for its “no excuses” behaviour policy, is one of 22 free schools given the green light in a bid to create thousands more places.

The secondary school in Stevenage will follow the same model as the original school in northwest London – which has repeatedly made the headlines for its strict approach to discipline.

Ofsted sounds warning over outstanding schools

by BBC, June 14, 2019

Ofsted has called for the resumption of routine checks on outstanding schools, after 80% of those it re-inspected due to specific issues were downgraded.

England's schools standards watchdog re-inspected 305 schools rated outstanding, after concerns were raised about falling standards.

It said 256 lost their top-level rating as a result.

In 2011, inspectors were stopped from carrying out routine inspections of these top-rated schools.

WHAT IS THE SINGLE BIGGEST PROBLEM THAT COMES FROM THE NEED TO DELIVER A NEW ASSEMBLY EVERY DAY?

by The Schools News Service, June 13, 2019

During the course of their primary school lives, most children will take part in over 1000 assemblies.

Which provides a significant challenge. How can one ensure that each day’s assembly has an immediate impact on each child, and then, additionally ensure that some of these assemblies have such an impact that they will be remembered for months (and sometimes even years) to come?

This is the issue that schools face every day through the school year, and it is the issue we looked to solve when we created Assembly Box.

The aim has been to create a series of 350 outstanding assemblies that really engage the pupils and which they will remember over time.

Losing tax relief could kill us, private schools warn

by The Times, June 13, 2019

Hundreds of private school teachers face redundancy and smaller institutions may close if the Scottish government confirms a proposed tax rise, MSPs have been told.

Private schools are due to be stripped of charitable rates relief in 2020 to bring them in line with state schools, which have to pay business rates.

Senior staff held crisis talks with MSPs last night, to attempt to head off a tax increase which they said could devastate the sector and cost taxpayers money.

Eight Schools To Compete In The First-Ever Goldsmiths’ Company Community Engagement Awards

by Voice-Online, June 13, 2019

EIGHT SCHOOLS across London and Greater Manchester will compete in the first-ever Goldsmiths’ Company Community Engagement Awards.

Student-led projects in the finals range from reducing local knife fatailities to working with trafficked young men, with other pupils supporting local primary schools to provide Russian and Mandarin lessons, and improve drama, maths, science, and sports coaching.

The finalists have been selected because they have demonstrated that the activities are part of their school’s DNA, are led by students, and clearly benefit the local community.

Smarter procurement: finding ways to improve value and efficiency

by Edexec, June 13, 2019

In conjunction with our partner, GLS Educational Supplies, we’re undertaking research into smarter procurement and ways to improve value and efficiency – the findings will be published in a white paper and widely shared.

New social enterprise aims to support most vulnerable pupils

by Edexec, June 13, 2019

As reported by The Guardian, a new social enterprise has been launched to improve education for the most vulnerable pupils
A new social enterprise, named The Difference, has been launched to improve education – and life beyond it – for the most vulnerable children.

Excessive school exclusions have been in and out of the headlines recently, particularly with growing evidence of schools ‘off-rolling’.

For Kiran Gill, founder of The Difference, the ongoing public debate is a welcome recognition of what her organisation has been attempting to highlight.

The Difference has now recruited its first teachers, who will start placements in alternative provisions from September.

Sats: Could this one change fix the tests?

by TES, June 13, 2019

A quick Twitter search will tell you that I’m not alone in thinking that the Year 6 Sats are broken. I’ve read a lot of "the Sats should be scrapped" and "the tests are unfair" articles, and I’ve liked, commented and shared a lot of the posts. It’s been a month or so since Jeremy Corbyn promised to abolish them. So far, there’s nothing to suggest what he’d replace them with…

Why AI will NOT be teachers' downfall

by TES, June 13, 2019

This week on Tes, Yvonne Williams noted with regret the increasing number of schools using cutting-edge artificial intelligence (AI) to improve education. She said pupils are not “programmable” and their minds are not “empty vessels”. She suggested that the use of such technologies strips away the social aspects of education and diminishes the “art of teaching”.

Students want parents to be told in mental health crisis

by BBC, June 13, 2019

Two-thirds of students support universities being able to warn parents if students have a mental health crisis, an annual survey suggests.

There have been concerns about student suicides and the survey indicated worsening levels of anxiety on campus.

Only 14% reported "life satisfaction", in this study of 14,000 UK students.

And most thought even though students were independent adults, universities should in an emergency be allowed to disclose information to parents.

Girls less likely to say they are clever despite better exam results, study finds

by Independent, June 13, 2019

Girls are much less likely to say they are clever than boys even though they do significantly better in exams, according to a new study.

Female pupils are more likely to say they do not know the meanings of words, to feel less confident when faced with new work and to doubt that they are clever, according to research.

The study, based on data from more than 40,000 students aged between 7 and 16, found that more than one in five children say they are not clever by the time they start secondary school.

Just over a quarter of girls (27 per cent) say they are very clever, compared to more than a third (34 per cent) of boys despite getting better exam results, research by GL Assessment finds.

Last year, girls once again outperformed boys at GCSE when 23 per cent received grade 7 and above – the equivalent of A and above – compared to 17 per cent of boys.

Fifth of pupils in England miss out on first choice of secondary

by Guardian, June 13, 2019

The proportion of students getting into their first choice secondary school has dropped to its lowest level for a decade as pupil numbers surge, official figures show.

The statistics show the pressure on primaries has started to shift to secondaries. Since 2013, when secondary applications were at their lowest, there has been a 20.9% increase in secondary school applications, according to figures from the Department for Education.

Counting calories in a maths test? The exam board should be ashamed

by Guardian, June 12, 2019

Pick any item of food and I will tell you how many calories there are in it. It is not a skill I’m proud of; it’s not even a good party trick. It is a product of mental illness, one that I have battled with since childhood, which eventually got me admitted to an eating disorders unit at the age of 31.

This week, students sitting a GCSE maths exam were asked the question: “There are 84 calories in 100g of banana. There are 87 calories in 100g of yogurt. Priti has 60g of banana and 150g of yogurt for breakfast. Work out the total number of calories in this breakfast.”

SIX IMAGINATIVE PRODUCTIONS FROM FRED THEATRE, ALL DESIGNED TO GIVE YOUR STUDENTS A REAL ADVANTAGE

by The Schools News Service, June 12, 2019

Here at Fred Theatre we’re committed to bringing texts to life for students across the country. We’ve been working on this now for three years, and we’re very excited about developments for 2019-20.

Coming up are the following productions:

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

JEKYLL AND HYDE

MACBETH

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

ROMEO AND JULIET

We’re extending the time we spend with you to two hours.

The longer sessions allow us to include an interactive element alongside the performance. During this time there will be a discussion of the text’s themes, characters, how we approached the production, and choices made in rehearsal. There will also be a chance for you and your students to ask questions.

Give 16-year-olds more choice - employers

by BBC Education, June 12, 2019

Sixteen-year-olds in England should not be restricted to a choice of A-levels or T-levels, business leaders say.

The new Technical levels, or T-levels as they will be known, will be introduced from 2020.

The Confederation of British Industry says the government needs to avoid "premature" cuts to other qualifications such as Btecs.

Ministers have been consulting on withdrawing money from qualifications that may overlap with T-levels.

They have made it clear they would prefer students who want to study choosing from these two types of qualifications after GCSEs.

GCSEs: Could ‘wakeful rest’ be essential for learning?

by TES, June 12, 2019

It’s generally agreed that the brain requires time to rest and strengthen the memories formed while practising a newly learned skill.

We all know that sleep is an essential component of this memory consolidation. New memories are unstable; they can decay if the information isn't rehearsed.

Researcher Stephanie Mazza found that repeated practice and sleep both improve long-term memory retention.