• United Learning removes advert for ‘unpaid internship’ in school after MP complains
    United Learning, England’s fourth largest multi-academy trust, has removed a job advert for an intern to work in one of its schools unpaid for up to a year after an MP publicly complained. The advert, for Walthamstow primary academy in east London, had sought a person to work at least ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2017-08-21
  • Small school sixth form judicial review costs taxpayer £76,000
    A legal challenge brought against the Department for Education over the opening of a small-school sixth form has cost tax payers over £75,000. The case, which was settled out of court at the very last minute, ended with the DfE paying out £60,000 to cover the Association of Colleges’ costs ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2017-08-21
  • Inseparable pair get down to business
    Two friends who met at Alder Grange School in year 7 have earned the grades they need to head off to university – and they’re going together. Now studying at the Lancashire school’s sixth-form, students Harry Travis (pictured left) and Daniel Swift will both study business studies at Liverpool John ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2017-08-17
  • A-levels 2017: Today’s top 7 stories
    As A-level results day draws to a close, we round up today’s top stories. 1. Top grades up for the first time in ages… There was a rise in the proportion of pupils getting top grades at A-level in England for the first time since 2010. 2. …but the ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2017-08-17
  • Multiple sclerosis proves no barrier to success
    A student diagnosed with multiple sclerosis during her second year of college graduated today with a host of BTEC and A-level qualifications. Emily Whiley (pictured), a student at Giles Academy in Lincolnshire, received her diagnosis during year 13, and her health deteriorated throughout her studies. Today she discovered she had ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2017-08-17
  • A-Levels 2017: ‘Politics yay, history boo’ – the changing tastes of 18-year-olds
    Record numbers of pupils are studying A-level politics, a trend put down to a surge in political engagement among young people. Interest in history appears to be falling, however, with the subject’s numbers slumping by eight per cent, to the lowest proportion of pupils taking it since 2013. More than ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2017-08-17
  • A-levels 2017: Exam boards consider additional gender category for results tables
    Exam boards are consulting with charities on plans to include an extra gender category in the annual release of GCSE and A-level statistics. At present, the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) publishes grades in each subject broken down by males and females. In the future, however, the results could be ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2017-08-17
  • Academy celebrates first-ever Oxbridge student
    An A-level student has become the first in Accrington Academy’s history to win a place at Oxbridge. Natalie Whitham Natalie Whitham (pictured above, left) earned four A* grades in law, psychology, maths and religious studies at A-level, and will now go to Oxford University to read law. She isn’t the ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2017-08-17
  • Student turns down grammar school place for secondary modern sixth-form
    A student that turned down a sixth-form place at a grammar school in favour of staying at his local secondary modern earned an A* and two A grades at A-level today. Martin Lynch (pictured), a student at St Joseph’s Catholic High School, received an A* in business, and two As ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2017-08-17
  • A-levels 2017: Top science grades take a tumble
    There was a sharp fall in top grades for science A-levels this year, following significant reforms to their content. The proportion of A* and A grades awarded to 18-year-olds in England has dropped 2.3 percentage points in biology, 2 points in chemistry and 1.6 points in physics. Biology, chemistry and ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2017-08-17
  • A-levels 2017: Boys overtake girls for first time in 20 years
    Boys have overtaken girls to receive more top A-level grades this year, reversing a trend that’s lasted for nearly two decades. More than one in four boys received an A* or A grade in England this year – increasing from 25.8 per cent last year to 26.6 per cent ths ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2017-08-17
  • A-level results 2017: Subject tables UK-wide
    Here are the trend tables for A-level results in the UK since 2014, showing whether results have gone up or down for all subjects combined, and each subject individually. Below are links to the subject tables for A-level results in the UK, 2014-2017. – ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2017-08-17
  • Meet the A (level) team
    St Martin’s School in Brentwood, Essex, is celebrating its best ever results, with more than a quarter of the grades awarded coming in either at A* or A. A total of 60.2 per cent of A-level students achieved A* to B grades, with 86.9 per cent securing A* to C. ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2017-08-17
  • A-levels 2017: School leaders, are your results normal?
    A-level results are out, and Ofqual has released its usual series graphs showing the dips and rises in grades. Each year on results day Ofqual also produces boring-sounding variability charts. It’s dull name, but the data is important. These charts show how many centres (i.e. schools or colleges) dropped or ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2017-08-17
  • A-level results 2017: Spanish
    Spanish A-level results for 2017, compared to previous years Spanish A-level results for 2017, compared to previous years: cumulative Percentage of pupils who achieved (at least) each grade   Key Green: Higher than previous year Orange: Same as previous year Red: Lower than previous year ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2017-08-17