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Teachers welcomed to Number 10.

One hundred teachers were welcomed to Downing Street for a reception to celebrate their hard work, talent and commitment to giving every child an excellent education.

Teachers from schools across the country attended an evening reception yesterday, which was hosted by the Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Education.

Both paid tribute to the hard work and dedication of the profession which, alongside the government’s bold reforms, have helped to raise standards – with 1.9 million more children now in good or outstanding schools than in 2010.

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Extra support announced for those working below the national curriculum.

Extra support for schools with pupils working below the national curriculum to help all children reach their potential has been announced today (24 May) by Education Minister, Nick Gibb.

Currently, a small number of pupils are unable to work to the standard of the national curriculum, with many of these pupils having special educational needs.

The pre-key stage standards have been developed with teachers and a range of other education experts and will help ensure these pupils are better supported to transition onto the national curriculum, when and if they are ready to do so. It will also give schools the information they need to make sure these children are realising their full potential, giving them the freedom to develop their own curriculum and assessments to meet the needs of their pupils.

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Stabbed boy not given GCSE exemption.

A boy who says he cannot sit his GCSE exams after being stabbed may be held back a year because his exam board will not honour his predicted grades.

The 16-year-old lost part of his lung when he was knifed in the random attack in Enfield, north London, on 7 May.

The Joint Council for Qualifications (JQC) rejected pleas from his head teacher and MPs to award the pupil his predicted grades of A*-A.

It said candidates must complete 25% of their exams for the grades to qualify.

The Highfield School pupil said he was not "physically or mentally" ready to take any of his GCSEs.

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Nick Gibb School Standards Minister on GCSEs

  • This week marks the start of exam season, where a further 20 new GCSEs will be sat for the first time

Hundreds of thousands of pupils are preparing to take new, more rigorous GCSE exams this week, which are on a par with the best performing education systems in the world, the School Standards Minister announced today.

The gold-standard qualifications for 20 new GCSEs – including the sciences, French, German, Spanish, history and geography – have been designed with employers in mind. These qualifications are underpinned by more rigorous content, preparing pupils for future careers in the industries that Britain needs. The new science GCSEs now include space physics and the human genome and the new Computer Science GCSE now includes a greater focus on programming.

Schools Standards Minister Nick Gibb said:

These more rigorous, gold-standard GCSEs are helping to nurture the next generation of scientists, linguists and historians. Whatever pupils want to do with their lives, these qualifications will prepare them for future success and help deliver the skills Britain needs to be fit for the future.

 

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Is forced academisation worth it?

The Department for Education's top official has admitted that it is impossible to prove that forcing schools to become academies offers better value for taxpayers' money than leaving them with local authorities.

Permanent secretary Jonathan Slater was pressed repeatedly by MPs this morning on the evidence behind his department's academies policy.

Although the government recently softened its policy on forcing schools to become academies, schools that fail their Ofsted inspections can still be required to convert.

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