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Alan Milburn calls for background checks on university students

Thanks to the Telegraph online for this one… Universities should assess the social background of each student during the   admissions process to break the middle-class stranglehold on places,   according to the Government’s social mobility tsar. Alan Milburn said it should … Continue reading

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More schools switching to ‘tougher’ A-level alternative

New figures show that the number of schools offering the Pre-U – a course devised by Cambridge University’s exam board – has increased by a third in two years. For the first time in 2012, it was revealed that almost … Continue reading

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Hiya pupil, please avoid slang, ta

A secondary school has instructed its pupils to stop using slang words such as hiya, cheers and ta, to enhance their prospects of landing a top job. Sheffield Springs academy, which is based in one of the most deprived parts … Continue reading

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GCSE exam paper withdrawn as examiners tip off teachers

As published by Guardian.co.uk Examiners shared “inappropriate” information about a GCSE paper due to be taken by pupils in January, the exams regulator has warned. Ofqual says an information and communications technology (ICT) paper set by the WJEC exam board … Continue reading

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Going with the flow poetry

A new London-based youth project, Go With the Flow, aims to run poetry and lyric workshops for young people in pupil referral units, youth groups and schools. The poetry created at the workshops will be collected and, funding permitted, published … Continue reading

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Apprenticeships just as important as degrees

As reported at guardian.co.uk earlier today… Parents should be as proud of their children for securing a top apprenticeship as for winning a place at university, Labour’s new shadow education secretary, Stephen Twigg, has said. In his first speech in … Continue reading

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Fines for exam board errors proposed

Last friday (7th Ocober), guardian.com printed a story stating that exam boards are facing fines from the government’s qualifications regulator after a string of errors in this summer’s GCSE and A-levels. Ministers will tomorrow propose an immediate change to the … Continue reading

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Interactive tests planned for GCSE and A’ Level qualifications

Reported in the Guardian last night, Britain’s biggest exam board the AQA (Assessment and Qualifications Alliance) is planning trials of an interactive test that will generate harder or softer questions depending on how a candidate performs. The examination board reports … Continue reading

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Welsh Universities unable to charge high tuition fees

The Guardian reported last week that Welsh universities have been told they cannot charge higher tuition fees next year unless they rewrite their plans to encourage more poor teenagers to take up places. All 10 Welsh universities and four of … Continue reading

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Concerns rise over exam question errors

At Words Worth Reading Ltd, earlier this week we reported (via our news blog) concerns about an inaccurately set maths AS-Level question that was work 11% of the total examination paper. However Ofqual, the examination board watchdog, has now admitted … Continue reading

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