• First come, first served for selective sixth form applicants as grade hike causes record places demand

    A London selective sixth form expects to turn away offer holders for the first time after record demand for places following soaring numbers of top GCSE grades being awarded yesterday. With 30 per cent more grade 7s and above issued in England this year, compared to 2019, pressure for places at sixth forms has reportedly

    17.58 Aug. 21st, 2020 | News

  • Government will pay exam appeal fees, says Williamson

    The government will cover fees for failed appeals against exam grades following a huge backlash over A-level results. The Department for Education, in a press release published today, said that state-funded schools and colleges will be able to claim back unsuccessful appeals at the same time as claiming back fees for autumn exams. Successful appeals

    22.59 Aug. 14th, 2020 | News

  • Scotland withdraws all downgraded exam grades

    Scotland will withdraw around a quarter of standardised exam grades issued last week, in a move that raises questions for the UK government ahead of A-level and GCSE results days. In a major climbdown, John Swinney, the Scottish education minister, today announced that more than 124,000 centre-assessment grades that were downgraded during the standardisation process will

    15.46 Aug. 11th, 2020 | News

  • 'Attenborough effect' is 'fuelling' interest in GCSE science

    The “Attenborough effect” – where pupils want to “make a difference” in the world – is fuelling an interest in science, the vice president of Pearson has said. In England, 767,722 16-year-olds took science double award this year – a rise of 5.1 per cent (37,132) from the 730,590 pupils who entered the exam last

    17.52 Aug. 22nd, 2019 | News

  • GCSE results 2019: Six interesting things we have learned

    GCSE results are out this morning – here’s your usual handy Schools Week round up of the key trends. One thing to note: From a Schools Week perspective, the most useful data for our readers is the England 16-year-olds data. Wales and Northern Ireland run their GCSEs differently to England, so UK-wide data isn’t useful.

    9.35 Aug. 22nd, 2019 | News

  • How to apply for re-marks and appeal GCSE results 2019

    GCSE results are on the horizon. If a grade doesn’t seem right, there are still some options available. Each exam board takes a different approach to re-marks*, appeals and the fees they charge, so Schools Week has collated the latest information on how the system will work this year. (*Exam boards have renamed re-marks as

    10.20 Aug. 21st, 2019 | Feature

  • Character or attainment: which would you choose?

    Parents and teachers value the character development of young people more than exam results, but may need support to recognise that they share this priority, says Rachael Hunter The inclusion of character education in the draft Ofsted framework for inspection of schools was another significant step towards ensuring children receive an education that prioritises academic

    5.00 Feb. 10th, 2019 | Opinion

  • GCSE results 2018: Send us your (non-traditional) success stories!

    Teenagers across England will find out the results of their GCSEs tomorrow. Every year, Schools Week takes an alternative approach to reporting pupil success stories. Usually, we focus uniquely on those who attend secondary modern schools – non-selective schools that recruit from the same neighbourhood as grammar schools. We do this, not to ‘condone’ a selective school system, but

    14.44 Aug. 22nd, 2018 | Feature

  • Heads scramble to understand GCSE data after trio of problems

    A trio of changes has left school leaders at a loss when trying to assess their own performance data this year. Following the release of the 2017 GCSE results on Thursday (August 24), school leaders have expressed concerns to Schools Week that data presented to them has been too complex and confusing to fully understand its meaning.

    5.00 Aug. 27th, 2017 | News

  • GCSE Results 2017: Spanish

    Here are tables of this year’s GCSE Spanish results in England compared with previous years. Spanish GCSE results in 2017, compared with previous years Spanish GCSE results in 2017, compared with previous years: cumulative Percentage of pupils who achieved (at least) each grade   Key Green: Higher than previous year Orange: Same as previous year

    12.03 Aug. 24th, 2017 | Exam results

  • GCSE Results 2017: Religious studies

    Here are tables of this year’s GCSE religious studies results in England compared with previous years. Religious studies GCSE results in 2017, compared with previous years Religious studies GCSE results in 2017, compared with previous years: cumulative Percentage of pupils who achieved (at least) each grade   Key Green: Higher than previous year Orange: Same

    12.03 Aug. 24th, 2017 | Exam results