Monthly Archives: August 2017

Only grade 5 and above should be considered a pass when GCSE maths and English results are released tomorrow

 John Jerrim. Tomorrow is the release of GCSE results, with this year having the added excitement of changes to how grades are being reported for certain subjects. Rather than the long-standing use of alphabetic grades (ranging from A* to U),

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GCSE and A-level results: it’s not just the grades that matter

Why GCSE and A Level subject choices matter. shutterstock Jake Anders, UCL and Catherine Dilnot, Oxford Brookes University.  A-level results will soon be out, with more than 300,000 students eagerly waiting to find out if they’ve made the grade. Then come

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Back to teacher development’s big questions: what is education for?

John White.  The idea of a National Education Service (NES) is gaining speed. It’s described as “a scheme to join up the disparate elements of education, providing free lifelong learning from nurseries through schools to universities and adult education”. This

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We need to have a big conversation about the nature and purposes of a university or college education

Francis Green.  Especially since the surge in university and college enrolments around 1990, Britain’s workforce has become very much more educated. The proportion with tertiary (post-school) qualifications has been rising very fast – at roughly one percentage point per year

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