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- 'Free up curriculum' teachers say - BBC, Tuesday September 26, 2006
Almost 90% of school staff in England want to tailor the curriculum to suit pupils' needs, a survey suggests.Link broken or innaccurate? Please report here
- 'Fairer' school league tables misleading - study - The Guardian, Monday January 7, 2008
Government attempts to make school league tables fairer by taking into account pupils' socio-economic backgrounds could be misleading parents, according to a study published today.Link broken or innaccurate? Please report here
- 'Edu-babble' jargon under attack - BBC, Wednesday April 4, 2007
The "total vacuity" of educational jargon is to be attacked at a teachers' conference.Link broken or innaccurate? Please report here
- 'Confusion' over new GCSE targets - BBC, Monday December 5, 2005
The government is issuing contradictory signals about its new GCSE league table targets for England, councils say.
The new benchmark will be five good grades including English and maths - which the Department for Education and Skills has said means actual GCSEs.
But its guidance says such things as online literacy and numeracy tests designed for adults might be used. Link broken or innaccurate? Please report here
- 'Concern' over English Sats test - BBC, Wednesday March 18, 2009
Further concerns have been raised about the marking of English "Sats" tests taken in England's secondary schools....A sample of hundreds of papers found wide variation in the marking of English tests at Key Stage 3 (age 14).In 44% of cases, papers did not end up with the grade an expert panel of examiners would have given it.
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- 'Catastrophe' of undergraduates who cannot write a basic sentence - Sunday Telegraph, Sunday March 12, 2006
British undergraduates are incapable of composing even the most basic English sentences, according to a damning new report.
The Royal Literary Fund study, due to be published later this month, describes the writing skills of young people starting university as a public catastrophe.Link broken or innaccurate? Please report here
- 'Blatant copying' in coursework - BBC, Wednesday November 2, 2005
Examiners say they detected "blatant copying of material from the internet" in some of this year's coursework for GCSE English.Link broken or innaccurate? Please report here
- 'Best children's books' list revealed by Puffin - BBC, Thursday May 6, 2010
A list of 70 children's books said to be the best of all-time has been
compiled by publisher Puffin.
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- 'A poet of great eminence': Geoffrey Hill's landslide victory restores prestige to Oxford professor - The Guardian, Friday June 18, 2010
Triumph of 78-year-old will help dispel memory of last year's
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- The authors every teenager should read - The Independent, Thursday July 12, 2007
The list of great literature in English lessons is being expanded as part of a reform of the national curriculum. Curriculum chief Ken Boston tells Richard Garner what the changes mean - and why we need themLink broken or innaccurate? Please report here
- Testing pressure condemned by MPs - BBC, Monday May 12, 2008
An over-pressured school testing regime in England is under fire from MPs, as hundreds of thousands of 11-year-olds begin taking their "Sats" tests.Link broken or innaccurate? Please report here
- Scottish exams shake-up announced - BBC, Thursday April 24, 2008
The Standard Grade and Intermediate exam system is set to be replaced with a new general qualification for pupils, the Scottish Government has said.Link broken or innaccurate? Please report here
- Romeo and Juliet get Twitter treatment - The Guardian, Monday April 12, 2010
Royal Shakespeare Company retelling Bard's Romeo and Juliet with cast of six over five weeks and 4,000 tweetsLink broken or innaccurate? Please report here
- Record-breaking Shakespeare event - BBC, Friday July 1, 2005
Thousands of British school children are taking part in a potentially record-breaking performance of Shakespeare.
A total of 10,000 pupils from 400 schools will be performing Shakespeare in professional theatres on Sunday. Link broken or innaccurate? Please report here
- Pushy parents fuel exam stress for children - Daily Telegraph, Friday October 12, 2007
Middle-class parents are fuelling stress levels among children by drilling them to pass school tests, according to a major study published today.
They admit to being "partly responsible" for the culture of high-stakes exams by paying for private coaching to get children into private school. Link broken or innaccurate? Please report here
- Phonics to be compulsory in schools - Daily Telegraph, Tuesday March 21, 2006
Schools will be required by law to teach reading in the traditional way, Ruth Kelly, the Education Secretary, announced yesterday.
Changes to the national curriculum will make systematic phonics - the way in which sounds are represented by letters - the first and primary method that teachers must use with children aged four and five.Link broken or innaccurate? Please report here
- Net-illiterate 'failing children' - BBC, Thursday April 28, 2005
Internet-illiterate parents could leave their children on the wrong side of the digital divide, researchers have said. Many parents lack the skills to help their child's internet use, a London School of Economics study has said. Link broken or innaccurate? Please report here
- MPs demand reading lessons review - BBC, Thursday April 7, 2005
The number of 11-year-olds in England who fail reading tests is "unacceptably high" and an "immediate review" of teaching methods is needed, MPs say. According to government figures, 17% do not reach the required standard. The Commons education select committee says methods such as "synthetic phonics" - breaking words down into sounds - need to be looked at more. Link broken or innaccurate? Please report here
- Millions 'cannot read well enough for karaoke' - The Independent, Sunday December 17, 2006
Millions of adults have such poor reading skills that they will struggle to keep up with karaoke lyrics at Christmas parties this year, government research has found.Link broken or innaccurate? Please report here
- Exams chief faces Sats grilling - BBC, Thursday July 10, 2008
MPs have called in the head of England's exams watchdog to ask for an explanation of what is being called the "shambles" of this year's Sats marking.Link broken or innaccurate? Please report here