GCSEs

ASCL launches inquiry into system leaving pupils 'deflated' The Association of Schools and Colleges has launched an inquiry into GCSE results which,... Read more
‘Ten years of success’ or five years of poor teaching? Can’t be both ‘ The Folkestone Academy is absolutely a success story. There has been ten years... Read more
Evidence that the title of this article should be taken seriously can be found here and here . On 7 October 2018 I wrote to the Fair Education... Read more
This 1999 paper by Professor Michael Shayer is of enormous significance for the future of the English education system and the way that school... Read more
Schools’ fault says Ofsted 4,700 pupils who took the higher tier reformed GCSE combined science exam in 2018 were awarded a ‘safety net’ grade 3 to... Read more
This is the title of a Guardian article which appeared on 11 September 2018. The following (in italics) are excerpts. Major study of 1.8 million... Read more
GCSE is the ‘common exam at 16+’ created by the merging of the GCE and CSE systems. I entered university in 1965 on the basis of the national ‘... Read more
Rise in number of disappearing KS4 pupils Off-rolling, whereby secondary schools exclude pupils likely to lower an overall pass rate, is illegal.... Read more
Alleged ‘grade inflation’ hasn't ended Remember when Michael Gove used to bang on about grade inflation? His reformed GCSEs, rushed, untrialled, and... Read more
Consider these quotes from this recent Guardian article . The system is now pushing schools and their heads to prioritise “the interests of the... Read more
Nine in ten local authority schools are good or outstanding According to schools minister Nick Gibb, speaking to the Freedom and Autonomy for Schools... Read more
This year marks a signifi cant anniversary in the history of education policy in this country. Thirty years ago this summer the Great Education... Read more
The ‘north/south attainment gap’ claimed to exist by The Sutton Trust, The Social Mobility Foundation, the DfE, the National Schools Commissioner and... Read more
‘Free schools have largely been set up in areas with a need for more school places,’ research * from NFER and Sutton Trust shows. It’s good news that... Read more
Hold on to your hats! It’s that thorny subject, rearing its ‘timely’ head again. Roger Titcombe and I are busy trying to convince others that... Read more
I have received this response from The Sutton Trust to my article questioning the ‘attainment gap’ . Research by John Goldthorpe has shown that... Read more
Five challenges face English schools, Robert Halfon, Conservative chair of the Education Select Committee, said yesterday. He was speaking in an... Read more
She stole the show at the Oscars – little Maisy Sly, profoundly deaf, who played Libby in the film The Silent Child . The film won the Oscar for Best... Read more