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Private school heads condemn exam marking

The heads of leading independent schools say the exam-marking system for GCSEs and A-levels is “not fit for purpose”. Chairman Chris King will tell the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference “urgent reform” is needed to improve the reliability of exam grades. Last year more than 400,000 exam papers were challenged, with more than 77,000 grades being…

Equality Commission reports inequality in NI education

The Equality Commission (EC) says inequality in education has become worse in Northern Ireland since 2007. In a report, they highlight continuing, persistent underachievement by working-class Protestant children, and wider male underachievement in education. They also say that “prejudice-based bullying is a persistent problem”. They say the inequalities “have worsened over time” and have called…

‘Perfect storm’ warning over teacher shortages

Teacher shortages and rising pupil numbers will create “a perfect storm” for schools in England, a head teacher has told the Conservative conference. The crisis would harm children’s education and impair efforts to raise standards, said Allan Foulds of Cheltenham Bournside School. The president of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) said the…