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Monthly Archives: February 2012

Tuesday 28 February 2012

Boys “closing” reading gap with girls.

Boys are catching up with girls on reading ability, according to a study into the book-reading habits of school children. What Kids are Reading 2012 states that the difficulty level and complexity of language in books read by boys is no longer generally lower than girls. There have long been concerns that boys lag behind […]

Friday 24 February 2012

The end of exam grade inflation?

GCSEs in four key subjects are to be made tougher. Exams watchdog Ofqual wants changes to English literature, maths, history and geography GCSEs to ensure students cover the full breadth of the subjects. Education Secretary Michael Gove has suggested some GCSEs can be passed with too narrow a grasp of the subject. This change comes […]

Wednesday 1 February 2012

Vocational qualifications downgraded

The government has cut the value of more than 3,100 vocational qualifications, ending their recognition in England’s secondary school league tables. Only 70 vocational qualifications will hold their value from September 2012 onwards. They damn the “perverse incentives” for schools to offer exams, for example horse care, that boost their league table position. The change […]