Education

New GCSEs ‘widen gap between rich and poor’

The new GCSE system in England is in danger of “further disadvantaging the disadvantaged”, research for the social mobility charity Sutton Trust finds. The study says grades for disadvantaged pupils fell slightly, compared to their peers, by just over a quarter of a grade across nine subjects. These pupils were also less likely to get […]

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Oxford University launches scholarship scheme for black Britons

Image caption Oxford University said it had accepted a record number of people from ethnic minorities earlier this year. Oxford University has announced its first scholarship for disadvantaged black British students. It will be funded by US entrepreneur Arlan Hamilton, who created the Backstage Capital fund for start-ups run by under-represented founders. The Oxford-Arlan Hamilton […]

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‘Integrate to survive’ says primary schools report

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Smaller schools could merge to secure their future says report More mergers between small Catholic and controlled schools would save money and benefit pupils and communities, according to newly published research. The Ulster University report identified 32 pairs of schools offering “primary aged education to two different communities… often only […]

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How to get kids to read books

The UK has risen up the rankings in an international league table on educational achievement, making gains in reading, according to the Pisa tests run by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Harwich and Dovercourt High School in Essex offers books to its pupils to read for pleasure outside of English lessons. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-50651769

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Pisa tests: UK rises in international school rankings

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionEstonia was one of the highest achievers in Europe The UK has made “positive” progress in international school rankings, based on tests taken by 15-year-olds in 79 countries and regions. The Pisa tests, run by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, show the UK rising in […]

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Conservatives pledge to boost Ofsted rather than scrap it

Image copyright Getty Images The Conservatives are promising to strengthen England’s education watchdog Ofsted, as they attack Labour and Liberal Democrat plans to replace the current inspection system. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is announcing plans for longer inspections and an extra £10m funding for Ofsted. There will also be trials of “no-notice inspections”, where schools […]