Over 25% of entries entries by girls got top grade of A/7 compared with 18.6% of entries by boys
The introduction of more rigorous GCSE courses in England and elsewhere in the UK appears to have benefited girls more than boys, including in subjects such as physics and maths, where girls have narrowed the gap in results previously enjoyed by boys at age 16.
More than one in four exam entries by girls received top grades of A, or 7, and above in this summer’s exams in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, an improvement of half a percentage point to 25.3% compared with last year, while just 18.6% of entries by 16-year-old boys achieved the same grades.Continue reading...
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Exam boards have published their grade boundaries for this year’s papers.
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As an Iranian academic, I'm fed up of being asked to focus on poverty and oppression | Sadaf Javdani
I’m expected to work on the ‘exotic’ themes that white professors want, but it’s making me feel intellectually crippled
“If you decide to stay in Europe and enjoy your freedom here instead of going back, nothing will change. So why don’t you consider going back to your country?”
These weren’t the racist remarks of a stranger or acquaintance, but an anthropology programme director at a German university whom I was meeting to discuss my postdoctoral proposal. I wanted to research material and sensory perceptions of home, in a way that was unrelated to immigration or asylum.Continue reading...
I thought Mr Corbett would be dead by now. Turns out he’s not much older than me
Only a few people seem to remain in touch with any of their schoolteachers. This seems a shame to me. If I had gone on to do well in life, I would want to share that with the ones who had doubted me. And if I had done badly, I might want to let them know so they could take some of the blame. And if I were a teacher, I would be beside myself with curiosity as to what became of my charges.
I am very happy, more than 30 years on, to be in touch with three of my teachers. When I got a message from Mr Corbett not so long ago, I must say that my first reaction was: “Blimey, I thought he’d be dead by now.” In fact, he was head of a fine secondary school in Pershore, Worcestershire, by this time and invited me to say a few words on speech day. It turned out that Mr Corbett was not only not dead, he wasn’t actually much older than me. Weirdly, I’d caught up with him. When he first taught me, I was in my early teens and he was in his early 20s. That was a big gap. Now, alarmingly, it has narrowed to almost nothing.Continue reading...
Leading teaching unions warn changes have left students stressed and demoralised
Pupils have been so demoralised by the new, tougher GCSE format in England that some refused to sit the exams this year, while others display raised levels of stress, according to leading teaching unions.
The reports from the National Education Union (NEU) and the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), which represents many secondary school heads, come as more than 600,000 16-year-olds are waiting to receive their GCSE results, including many subjects now in the new format.Continue reading...
Er war schon zum neuen Uni-Chef gewählt, doch Dutzende Professoren protestierten. Nun hat Sascha Spoun abgesagt. Seine Begründung wirft kein gutes Licht auf die Uni Göttingen.
I failed German and music, and my friends did even worse, but things turned out OK for us in the end
It is GCSE results day on Thursday. One way or another, my younger daughter will be having a morning to remember; we all will.
We are just back from Croatia, which has brought back strong memories, because that’s where I was, more than two-thirds of my life ago, on O-level results day in 1983. I was with two schoolfriends in my aunt’s tiny flat in Zagreb. Before reaching the capital, we had been on the coast for three weeks. Joyously unencumbered by laws on underage drinking, we’d drunk like idiots every night without ever summoning the courage to talk to any girls at all.Continue reading...
Until pupils from all sections of society have an equal chance of success, exam results should not be taken at face value
On exam results days, there’s now something of a social media tradition of those long out of the school system sharing stories of success despite a disappointing set of results. In some cases it’s an honest attempt to reassure those who’ve not hit the high grades that their future is one still full of potential; for Jeremy Clarkson it’s just an annual excuse to show off.Continue reading...
Ahead of GCSE results, Girlguiding warns of expectation to post online and schools seeking acclaim
Publicity-hungry schools and pressure to post results on social media are driving up exam stress among girls, the Girlguiding movement has said, after it found that close to two-thirds of girls now believe there is too much pressure to succeed.
On the eve of the GCSE results the charity said girls were facing a perfect storm of pressures, with well over half of those aged 11 to 21 fearing a bad performance in exams could ruin their futures.Continue reading...
Analysis shows reversal in attainment gap between poor pupils and wealthy classmates
Disadvantaged pupils are almost twice as likely to fail GCSE maths as their wealthier classmates, according to research that lays bare the attainment gap between rich and poor.
Published on the eve of GCSE results day, the analysis shows students from poorer backgrounds in England lagging far behind their wealthier peers in key subjects at GCSE, prompting calls for the government to put more investment into schools serving deprived communities.Continue reading...