Month: January 2017

2016 exam marking “of a high standard”, Ofqual says

The “vast majority” of UK students benefited from a high standard of exam marking during the summer 2016 examination season, according to a new report from Ofqual, Teaching Personnel reports. The regulator’s general round-up of the 2016 summer examinations showed that 15.4 million scripts were written by approximately 1.9 million candidates during the seven-week summer period, with around 1,800 different GCSE, AS and A-level exams taken. The report concluded that most pupils were awarded marks that reflected their performance without any dispute, with exam boards moving quickly to address any problems that arose, including security breaches, assessment material errors...

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Asian children struggle for top jobs despite education improvements

Children of Bangladeshi and Pakistani origin in Britain have outperformed other ethnic groups in making rapid improvements at every level of education, but are struggling to be employed in managerial or professional jobs, when compared with their white counterparts, according to a study. The Guardian reports that the government’s Social Mobility Commission report says the trend is being driven in part by workplace discrimination, particularly against Muslim women. The report is due to be published today. The commission’s chair, Alan Milburn, said the findings showed that Britain was still a long way from offering a level playing field to...

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Ofsted offers mixed views on independent school inspectorates

Ofsted have reported mixed views on two independent school inspectorates this year, following an order by the Department for Education to subject the bodies to seemingly light scrutiny. Schools Week reports that the School Inspection Service and the Independent Schools Inspectorate (SIS and ISI) were inspected by Ofsted on the basis of just 10 inspection reports from the bodies, and no on-site inspection, after the DfE requested a ‘no on-site inspection’ from Ofsted. Seven “regulatory compliance” inspections by the ISI were looked at by Ofsted instead – which check that teaching, pupil progress, safeguarding, accommodation and leadership are of...

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100+ free schools hosted in temporary sites

The Labour Party has sought to hold the government to account over its free schools policy, as recent figures show more than 100 free schools are hosted in temporary, makeshift sites. The Guardian reports that the Department for Education statistics show, that around 25 percent of free schools do not have permanent premises. One school has been housed on a temporary site for five years, and roughly half of all 429 free schools in the UK have been in makeshift buildings at one stage since opening. Mike Kane, shadow schools minister, said it showed the government’s schools policy was...

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Hundreds of primary school suspensions for racist, sexual behaviour

Figures from the Department for Education (DfE) show that hundreds of primary school pupils are being suspended for racial abuse and unacceptable sexual behaviour, the Daily Mail reports. The statistics reveal that 720 pupils were suspended last year, with 470 of those cases regarding racial abuse. A total of 250 children were sent home for unacceptable sexual behaviour. Suspensions of primary school children have seen an upward trend more generally, rising 2 percent in the last five years. The paper reports that a variety of incidents around the country have involved children as young as five years old, with...

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