• Business Studies GCSE results

    10.31 Aug. 20th, 2015 | Exam results

  • Where pupils live affects their A level choices, data reveals

    Regional differences in post-16 provision could affect young people’s chances of getting into top universities, data released today shows. Analysis by Education Datalab’s chief statistician Dave Thompson, based on children who completed GCSEs in 2011, found that pupils at secondary schools without sixth forms were less likely to get places at Russell Group universities. A

    8.04 Aug. 19th, 2015 | Exam results, News

  • How do examiners decide grades?

    The exams are finished and GCSE and A-level students are heading off for summer. But there are 12 weeks – and a lot of work – from “pens down” to results day Did you hear that noise? It’s the sound of thousands of students collectively breathing a sigh of relief. If April is the cruellest

    7.30 Jul. 12th, 2015 | Opinion

  • "Our primary goal should be to make exams better, not harder"

    Last week, Schools Week put schools minister Nick Gibb and OCR chief executive Mark Dawe head-to-head to answer: “Should we make the GCSE pass rate harder?” Here, Pearson’s UK president Rod Bristow puts his thoughts forward. I’d like to congratulate Schools Week for providing a platform for this very important debate. It’s one that’s sure

    14.43 Jul. 2nd, 2015 | Opinion

  • What about the pupils caught in the middle?

    Should we make the GCSE pass rate harder? Click here for schools minister Nick Gibb’s response to Mark The numbers deemed a fail by the government at GCSE are likely to increase 15 to 20 per cent in summer 2017. That will mean a lot more resits in a system already under tremendous strain. And

    7.00 Jun. 26th, 2015 | Opinion

  • Why there is an ‘invisible’ quality to education

    There is much more behind an academic grade than a child’s computational capacity or his mastery of the 3Rs (to receive, remember and regurgitate) on a given day. It also includes his character traits and attitudes to learning, his creativity, his motivation, his levels of curiosity Many elements of teaching and learning remain hidden. The

    7.30 May. 24th, 2015 | Opinion

  • Why we should focus on well-rounded young people – not exceptional grades

    Earlier this week the headteacher of Lady Eleanor Holles School, Heather Hanbury, launched an attack at the state of the current education system and its focus on the attainment of high grade test results. For a headteacher, to say that a C grade is perfectly acceptable is not only brave, but something which has been

    11.39 May. 14th, 2015 | Opinion

  • To Google, or not to Google: that is the question

    Exam time is looming. As the weeks of revision draw to an end, thousands of students will soon be sitting in rows in large exam rooms, ready to pick up their pens and to turn over their papers. “You may begin!” It’s 2015. How much longer can pen and paper exams be the only medium

    17.24 Apr. 30th, 2015 | Opinion

  • Stop the proliferation of small sixth-form providers

    Encouraging small school and academy sixth forms to open has exacerbated non-progression between years 12 and 13 Last week’s story in Academies Week, “Free school ‘forced me out’ for not being top university ready”, featured case studies of students who were asked to leave the London Academy of Excellence (LAE) at the end of year

    7.30 Oct. 12th, 2014 | Opinion