Pippa Allen-Kinross

  • GCSE Results 2018: Pupils turn away from design and technology and religious studies

    The number of pupils taking design and technology and religious studies GCSEs in the UK has slumped this year, as geography and history experienced another rise. Data from the Joint Council of Qualifications shows that almost a quarter fewer pupils chose a GCSE in design and technology, falling 23.3 per cent from 165,815 in 2017

    11.46 Aug. 23rd, 2018 | News

  • GCSE results 2018: Grade 9 makes up over 4% of all results in England

    The highest possible GCSE result has made up just over four per cent of all grades given to 16-year-olds in England. The coveted grade 9, which is intended to be more difficult to achieve than an A*, made up 4.5 per cent of all grades given to 16-year-olds, meaning it was achieved approximately 187,000 times.

    9.46 Aug. 23rd, 2018 | News

  • GCSE results: AQA confirms question error and social media leak on science exams

    AQA has confirmed two science papers were hit by a question error and leak on social media in this summer’s GCSE exams. The exam board said pupils will receive full marks in the affected questions and no children will be advantaged or disadvantaged by the issues, which saw the wrong questions put into a physics paper

    6.00 Aug. 23rd, 2018 | News

  • How to apply for re-marks and appeal GCSE results 2018

    GCSE results day will – hopefully – be a day of celebration for many pupils and teachers around the country. But if something doesn’t seem quite right with a result, there are still some options available. This year the exam boards have renamed re-marks to ‘reviews of results’. Each board takes a slightly different approach

    17.18 Aug. 22nd, 2018 | Feature

  • Small academy trust must investigate money paid to private companies

    A small academy trust which is about to be wound up has been told to urgently investigate grant advances that were paid to two private companies. St Neot’s Learning Partnership (SNLP), which runs two secondary schools and a sixth form centre in Cambridgeshire, has been warned of the Department for Education’s “concerns regarding grant advances

    16.54 Aug. 17th, 2018 | News

  • A-level Results 2018: Chinese A-level overtakes German for first time

    More pupils studied Chinese A-level than German for the first time this year. According to a breakdown of entries for modern foreign languages released by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ), a total of 3,334 pupils in the UK opted to take an A-level in Chinese – an increase of 8.6 per cent from last

    13.24 Aug. 16th, 2018 | News

  • A-level results: A* grades in England slump to lowest level since 2013

    The proportion of pupils getting an A* at A-level in England has declined to its lowest level since 2013. In England, eight per cent of pupils reached the very top grade, down from 8.3 per cent last year. However, an increase in pupils achieving an A grade in England means that the overall proportion of

    9.30 Aug. 16th, 2018 | News

  • A-level results 2018: Business studies surges in popularity but geography declines

    Business studies has had a surge in popularity among this year’s A-level pupils as traditional favourites like geography begin to lose ground. A total of 32,867 pupils in the UK took business studies at A-level, an increase of 9.5 per cent on last year with more male and female students opting for the course. Provisional

    9.46 Aug. 16th, 2018 | News

  • DfE loses landmark legal challenge on exclusions of pupils with autism

    Schools must prove it was “proportionate” to exclude an autistic pupil on the grounds of challenging behaviour, after the Department for Education lost a landmark legal challenge. The upper tribunal, the court that deals with appeals against school exclusions, has ruled the government’s equality laws are unlawful and discriminate against pupils with autism and similar

    10.27 Aug. 14th, 2018 | News

  • SATs results annulled at 'outstanding' London primary school

    Pupils at a top primary school in west London have had their SATs maths exams annulled after an investigation by the Standards and Testing Agency. The agency investigated in response to allegations of “maladministration” of the tests at St Matthew’s Church of England Primary School in Hillingdon, which was rated ‘outstanding’ at its last Ofsted

    12.20 Aug. 14th, 2018 | News

  • Abuse inquiry: Catholic schools prioritised 'reputation' over child protection

    Two leading independent Catholic schools have been heavily criticised for failing to prevent pupils from being subjected to “appalling” sexual abuse and caring more about protecting the reputation of staff than the welfare of pupils. A 200-page report by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has said the “blatant openness” of the sexual abuse at

    14.46 Aug. 9th, 2018 | News