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New technical and vocational qualifications launched

The government has unveiled a range of new, high-quality technical and vocational qualifications....

Posted on 11/12/2014 - [Read More...]

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Core maths qualifications launched

New maths qualifications have been launched to encourage pupils to study the subject beyond the age of 16....

Posted on 08/12/2014 - [Read More...]

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Two religions included in new RS GCSE

The government says studying two religions will help youngsters learn fundamental British values....

Posted on 10/11/2014 - [Read More...]

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Record numbers taking new EBacc

The government says the rise in the numbers taking the EBacc demonstrate the success of its education reforms....

Posted on 24/10/2014 - [Read More...]

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Ofqual announces language marking improvements

The exams regulator has published a report that identifies scope for improvement in marking schemes....

Posted on 29/09/2014 - [Read More...]

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New GCSE in food and cooking unveiled

The government's new GCSE in food and cooking will include an emphasis on nutrition....

Posted on 26/09/2014 - [Read More...]

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New curriculum introduced this month

Far-reaching changes are taking place in the country's schools as a new curriculum is introduced. ...

Posted on 01/09/2014 - [Read More...]

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Details provided on league table reforms

The DfE has provided more guidance on qualifications that will be included in 2017 league tables....

Posted on 25/07/2014 - [Read More...]

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Govt provides details on tougher primary school tests

More information has been provided on tougher tests for primary school pupils, which will be introduced in 2016. ...

Posted on 15/07/2014 - [Read More...]

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Govt raises standards of vocational qualifications

New technical awards will give youngsters the practical skills and experiences they need to gain employment....

Posted on 19/06/2014 - [Read More...]

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More pupils encouraged to take Mandarin

The government hopes to double the number of pupils taking the language at GCSE level by 2020....

Posted on 06/06/2014 - [Read More...]

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Govt announces new teacher training schemes

The DfE and technology firms have devised new initiatives to develop teachers' computing skills....

Posted on 05/06/2014 - [Read More...]

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Many GCSE subjects to be discontinued

Ofqual announces some subjects will be axed or merged with others as part of curriculum reform....

Posted on 04/06/2014 - [Read More...]

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New maths GCSE will represent a 'quantum leap for teachers'

Exam board unveils changes to GCSE maths which will make the subject broader and more demanding....

Posted on 02/06/2014 - [Read More...]

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AQA unveils GCSE revamp

Absence of US authors is notable as works by Meera Syal and Orwell make the cut....

Posted on 29/05/2014 - [Read More...]

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'Soft' GCSEs could face axe

Many subjects could be reclassified as vocational when Ofqual introduces strict new criteria....

Posted on 29/05/2014 - [Read More...]

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US literary classics dropped by exam board

Changes to the curriculum mean many children will no longer study classics such as To Kill A Mockingbird....

Posted on 27/05/2014 - [Read More...]

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New A-level could feature Russell Brand and Dizzee Rascal

Rapper and comedian could feature alongside more traditional texts by Shakespeare and Bronte....

Posted on 12/05/2014 - [Read More...]

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Arts subjects to be made more demanding

GCSE and A-level arts subjects are to be overhauled to make their content more challenging....

Posted on 10/04/2014 - [Read More...]

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NAHT publishes guidelines on replacing levels

Recommendations to help teachers adjust to the abolition of levels welcomed by education secretary....

Posted on 14/02/2014 - [Read More...]

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Govt launches software coding training for teachers

Match funding is to be offered to private-sector companies willing to help prepare teachers for new curriculum....

Posted on 05/02/2014 - [Read More...]

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Technology 'to free up time for pastoral care'

Skills minister says teachers will be able to focus on mentoring pupils as technological progress frees up time....

Posted on 27/01/2014 - [Read More...]

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Decentralised curriculum 'improves ICT education'

Education secretary says government's new approach provides youngsters with the skills they need to succeed....

Posted on 23/01/2014 - [Read More...]

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Primary school teachers 'to develop computing skills'

The British Computer Society will help make sure primary school teachers are prepared for the new computing curriculum....

Posted on 05/12/2013 - [Read More...]

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Consultation launched for KS4 English and maths

Changes are being made to the national curriculum for English and maths....

Posted on 03/12/2013 - [Read More...]

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Ofqual announces GCSE reforms

Ofqual has announced that a new grading scale using the numbers one-to-nine will be introduced for GCSE subjects taught from 2015 and 2016 onwards....

Posted on 04/11/2013 - [Read More...]

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Welsh government urged to make arts more central to curriculum

Arts Council of Wales has found almost all Welsh schools believe engaging with the arts improves pupil engagement, emotional wellbeing and interpersonal skills....

Posted on 26/09/2013 - [Read More...]

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BCS backs computing curriculum

BCS Academy of Computing director Bill Mitchell has praised the new computing curriculum for promoting "computational thinking" and "digital literacy"....

Posted on 18/09/2013 - [Read More...]

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Michael Gove stresses importance of computing teaching reforms

Michael Gove has said in future young people will need to know how to write programmes regardless of which sector they work in....

Posted on 24/07/2013 - [Read More...]

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New initiative aims to give teachers greater control over curriculum

The RSA and IOE have launched a new professional development programme in curriculum design for school leaders and other teachers....

Posted on 22/07/2013 - [Read More...]

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Report advocates making PE a core subject in Welsh curriculum

PE should be made a core subject in the Welsh curriculum so that more time is dedicated to teaching it in schools, an independent group has argued....

Posted on 28/06/2013 - [Read More...]

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Calls for signing to receive foreign language status on curriculum

Signature has called for British Sign Language to be granted equivalent status to foreign languages at GCSE level in the new national curriculum....

Posted on 21/06/2013 - [Read More...]

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Panel calls for more emphasis on Welsh history

A panel of experts has said that pupils in the country should learn more about Wales' history, rather than just an Anglo-centric history of Britain....

Posted on 01/05/2013 - [Read More...]

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CBI voices concerns over new curriculum

The CBI has criticised the proposed new curriculum, focusing in particular on weaknesses in its design technology and science provision....

Posted on 22/04/2013 - [Read More...]

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Report warns lack of continuity may hurt learning of languages

Lack of continuity between key stages two and three may impair the teaching of languages, according to a new report by the CfBT Education Trust. ...

Posted on 25/03/2013 - [Read More...]

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Academics criticise Gove over new curriculum

More than 100 education experts have written a letter criticising planned curricular reforms, claiming they will promote "rote learning" over understanding....

Posted on 21/03/2013 - [Read More...]

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Government puts cooking firmly on curriculum

The government will make food a compulsory part of the school curriculum, following a recent campaign in favour of this move....

Posted on 14/02/2013 - [Read More...]

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Youth Sport Trust backs PE focus

The YST has welcomed the government's decision to make PE a compulsory subject alongside English, maths and science....

Posted on 12/02/2013 - [Read More...]

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School sports 'must be more of a priority'

Labour believes schools should have a minimum requirement for weekly hours of physical education in place for pupils....

Posted on 17/12/2012 - [Read More...]

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Schools raising English and maths standards, according to SATs results

SATs results suggest primary schools improved performance in both English and maths in 2012....

Posted on 13/12/2012 - [Read More...]

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Admissions watchdog warns schools after rise in complaints

The Chief Schools Adjudicator for England says schools must do more to ensure parents are aware of application deadlines for places....

Posted on 03/12/2012 - [Read More...]

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Teachers 'failing' to make the most of technology in the classroom

Schools are investing hundreds of millions of pounds in education technology without but are not getting the most out of it....

Posted on 21/11/2012 - [Read More...]

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Schools 'failing to build' Olympic legacy

The majority of parents feel growing enthusiasm for sport among children is not being matched by schools....

Posted on 20/11/2012 - [Read More...]

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Exam success 'key to child wellbeing'

Mr Gove believes that more rigorous testing standards are required in England....

Posted on 14/11/2012 - [Read More...]

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Headteachers criticise French leader for homework remarks

Francois Hollande's suggestion the homework should be outlawed has been criticised by those in education jobs in England...

Posted on 22/10/2012 - [Read More...]

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Welsh exam changes right, but timing is not, say unions

Teaching unions baffled by the Welsh government's decision to make changes to GCSE courses that have already started in wake of marking row...

Posted on 15/10/2012 - [Read More...]

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ASCL calls for review to stop repeat of GCSE 'fiasco'

The Association of School and College Leaders wants to see steps taken to ensure that teachers and pupils don't suffer from a repeat of this year's GCSE grading issues...

Posted on 12/10/2012 - [Read More...]

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Teaching bodies react to exam reform announcement

Teachers' unions have expressed concern that the exam reforms announced by Michael Gove will marginalise some pupils and subject areas...

Posted on 18/09/2012 - [Read More...]

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Clegg: Exam reforms not a return to two-tier system

Michael Gove and Nick Clegg have announced the introduction of English Baccalaureate Certificates, pending a consultation...

Posted on 17/09/2012 - [Read More...]

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Gove reiterates desire to reform exams

Education secretary Michael Gove rules out involvement with this summer's results, but says 'unfair' system needs reforming...

Posted on 04/09/2012 - [Read More...]

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Competitive sport to become part of curriculum, says Cameron

Prime minister announces that primary schools will offer competitive sport from the autumn in order to secure Olympic legacy ...

Posted on 13/08/2012 - [Read More...]

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Welsh Conservatives call for foreign languages at Key Stage 2

The Welsh Conservatives want Wales to be a trilingual nation...

Posted on 10/08/2012 - [Read More...]

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Russell Group: Scrap multiple A-level re-sits

With Ofqual about to announces its recommendations for A-level reform the Russell Group of leading UK universities has backed calls to make re-sits a once-only option...

Posted on 19/06/2012 - [Read More...]

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National Curriculum reforms to 'restore rigour'

As the government publishes draft Programmes of Study as part of its National Curriculum reforms, Education secretary Michael Gove says the changes will "restore rigour" to English, science and maths lessons...

Posted on 12/06/2012 - [Read More...]

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Languages to be compulsory in primary schools

The coalition government's new curriculum is set to make teaching languages to all primary school pupils aged seven and up compulsory...

Posted on 11/06/2012 - [Read More...]

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ICT teachers 'keen' for new curriculum changes

Education secretary Michael Gove is planning a major overhaul of the ICT curriculum and many teachers are excited about the potential changes...

Posted on 08/06/2012 - [Read More...]

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Validity of rising GCSEs cast into doubt

A-level and GCSE grades may be rising, but student performance appears static when measured against international benchmarks....

Posted on 24/05/2012 - [Read More...]

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Ofqual plans major reform of GCSE exams

The examinations watchdog has announced it will conduct a major reassessment of the GCSE system and could potentially overhaul the way exams are graded...

Posted on 18/05/2012 - [Read More...]

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Ofsted report is music to teachers' ears

A new report published by the education watchdog has urged schools to increase the amount of music being played in lessons after inspections judged the standard of music lessons to be inadequate...

Posted on 02/03/2012 - [Read More...]

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"Boring" ICT curriculum to be replaced with computer science

Education Secretary Michael Gove has announced that the 'inadequate' ICT curriculum is to be scrapped in favour of more rigorous and stimulating computer science courses...

Posted on 11/01/2012 - [Read More...]

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Exams damaging children's enjoyment of education

The former director of the national curriculum has hit out the examinations system, saying continuous testing erodes children's enjoyment of education...

Posted on 04/01/2012 - [Read More...]

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National Curriculum reform postponed following in-depth review

Following the publication of a major review into the National Curriculum, education secretary Michael Gove has announced that reforms will be postponed until 2014 ahead of a widespread consultation...

Posted on 03/01/2012 - [Read More...]

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IT teaching needs reform, government says

The government has said that IT teaching in England needs to be better suited to modern technology and needs...

Posted on 29/11/2011 - [Read More...]

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Students want more say in sex education

A survey of 14 to 18-year-olds by a youth sexual healthy charity has revealed that the majority of pupils would like more input into the content of SRE lessons...

Posted on 13/10/2011 - [Read More...]

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More students studying 'core' GCSEs

The EBacc is encouraging study of core subjects, according to the Department for Education....

Posted on 31/08/2011 - [Read More...]

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Girls celebrate GCSE success

Girls have outperformed boys in this year's GCSEs....

Posted on 26/08/2011 - [Read More...]

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Marking errors prompt apology from SQA

Some 34 pupils in Scotland received incorrect marks on their Highers....

Posted on 12/08/2011 - [Read More...]

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