School students face new English and maths hurdle

School students face new English and maths hurdle Education secretary Michael Gove sets new demands if teenagers fail to get good enough marks in their GCSEs.
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Autumn-born teenagers should be set higher GCSE pass marks

Institute for Fiscal Studies says pass marks should be lower for those born in the summerTeenagers born earlier in the school year should be set higher pass marks in their GCSEs, experts argue in a paper on Friday .The Institute for Fiscal Studies, the respected economics thinktank, is calling for pupils in primary and secondary […]
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Michael Gove’s teacher tests are a smokescreen | Darren Macey

The education secretary says his tougher tests will raise standards yet he is also creating more opportunities for unqualified teachersThis week the Department for Education has announced a shakeup of teacher training, applying what future generations will no doubt refer to as the “Gove principle”, whereby any perceived issue can be solved by making the […]
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GCSE results row: students offered resits

Ofqual maintains marking of June’s English exams was correct, but says resit move recognises schools’ ‘strength of feeling’Teenagers who took GCSE English and English language exams in England this summer are to be offered special resits in November despite the exam regulator Ofqual saying there was no problem with the marking of their June exams.The […]
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GCSE results: angry headteachers demand total re-mark of English papers

Schools association to take legal action over boundaries change, while exams regulator says it will look again at gradingsThe GCSE exams controversy hasreached new heights as headteachers across the country demanded a “total re-mark” of all English papers taken by their students this year.The move to deluge the exam authorities with demands for mass re-marks […]
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GCSE uproar: ‘my pupils have had their life chances damaged’

One of Michael Gove’s favourite headteachers comdemns the unfairness of the GCSE exam boardAs a headteacher, I welcome the move towards increased rigour in examinations and as president of the Association of School and College Leaders have advised government officials as to how this can be achieved. However what I cannot tolerate, together with hundreds […]
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