UK Education News Category

Top universities really are biased in favour of private school pupils

Extract from the Independent Article: “Pupils from state schools and ethnic minority groups need higher A-level results than those from private schools to get into Britain’s top universities, says a study out today.” In my opinion, this is not news nor is it current affairs. This has been happening for years and from personal experience […]

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Should we have profit-making schools?

An incredibly well-balanced and informative article on the topic, profit-making schools. An excerpt from Simon Burgess: “So profit-making is pointless at best: under the current market set-up, improvements in attainment would not make money (so would not happen) with profit-making schools, and cutting costs would make money but would either reduce attainment or leave it […]

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A right is not a right unless you know about it: why we must defend citizenship education

As a generation we need to ensure that we are doing all we can to impart out knowledge onto the next generation. We should continually find ways to new and exciting ways to empower young people but the basic foundations have be right and delivered effectively, otherwise the knowledge built on top of these foundations […]

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Free Schools are not recruiting minority and ‘disadvantaged students’*

In short? Yes. But the factors explaining why free schools are not recruiting students from these groups is not so simple to explain. Free schools were primarily created to address the attainment gap in the UK.  They have the same legal structures as Academies, which means they are free from local authorities when it comes […]

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Commonsense really is not all that common

Once again the term ‘common-sense’ has been disproven. The recent change in the GCSE English grade boundaries mid-way through the academic year seems to have produced a winner and certainly several ‘losers’. On 23rd August, students sadly found out that their grades had been relegated due to the decision to raise grade boundaries by exam […]

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