Education News: Summer Recap

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Students across the UK have returned to school and university after the summer break, but there’s been no shortage of education news in the meantime…     Exam Results – BBC, Guardian, Independent Half a million students received their GCSE results in August, including harder exams and the first wave of results in the (apparently confusing) new 9-1 format for … Read More

Education News Weekly – July 10th, 2017

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University tuition fees, argumentative youngsters and what Malala did next…   Tuition Fees – BBC, Telegraph, Independent One of education’s hottest potatoes has been back in the news, with an IFS report revealing that students can expect to leave university with debts of up to £57,000, taking into account the new 6.1% interest rates (Minerva’s blogger can confirm this figure, … Read More

How to talk to children about distressing news

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News-wise, it’s been a tough few weeks in the UK, with the Grenfell Tower fire happening concurrently with incidents in Westminster, London Bridge and Borough Market, Finsbury Park and of course the Manchester Arena attack. It’s no surprise that children have questions about all of this. Beyond natural curiosity and an awareness of the world around them, many young people … Read More

Sixth Form 16+ Admissions: Everything You Need to Know

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More and more students are moving school for Year 12. As a parent, there’s a lot to consider in finding the right school for your child, so here is what you can expect from the sixth form admissions process. The first and most important thing to remember is this: IT VARIES. The requirements for sixth form entry vary – sometimes … Read More

The UKiset: How Does It Work?

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International parents looking at British schools will have heard a lot about the UKiset. But what exactly is it, and how does it work? What is the UKiset? In short, the UKiset is a single assessment test taken by international students, designed for entry into British curriculum schools – specifically in the independent sector. Launched in 2014, It tests English … Read More

Education News Weekly – 19th March, 2017

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Grammar schools opposition, a deepening funding crisis and the primary school head who’s a champion weightlifter     Opposition mounting against Theresa May’s grammar schools plan – BBC Theresa May is facing vocal cross-party opposition from MPs to her flagship education policy, the opening of new selective grammar schools. Former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg, former Tory education secretary Nicky … Read More

Education News Roundup – 29/09/16

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Grammar schools backlash, Brexit fears and no more homework   In yet another challenge to Theresa May’s contentious grammar schools plan, a wide-ranging study into the effects of grammar schools has found her claims of their benefits to be ill-founded. The Education Policy Institute examined GCSE results across grammar schools and good comprehensives, finding that, for bright pupils, there was … Read More