University places up, but A-level results down

21 August 2014

A record number of pupils have had their UK university places confirmed, with figures from admissions body Ucas showing that the numbers of 412,170 are 3% up on the same time in 2013.

Alternative school performance tables initiative announced

21 August 2014

The National Association of Head Teachers, the Association of School and College Leaders, the independent school and academy group United Learning, and PiXL (specialists in raising education standards) have announced a new initiative for providing information to parents about how schools perform.

Rise in number of pupils taking career-oriented A-levels

20 August 2014

According to the latest results published by the Joint Council for Qualifications, more pupils are now taking A-levels in the subjects that help secure the jobs with the highest wages and the lowest chances of unemployment.

Parents respond positively to SEND reforms

20 August 2014

The Government’s reforms to the special educational needs and disability (SEND) framework have been received positively by parents according to an independent evaluation of the SEND Pathfinder Programme which has been testing the radical changes.

Poor A-level advice and no Plan B

14 August 2014

It seems that not only do many pupils not receive the right advice from their schools on choosing the A-levels they need to apply to university, but that many do not have a back-up plan if they do not get the grades they need.

Local Government Association issues warning about “laughing gas”

13 August 2014

The Local Government Association (LGA) has issued warning leaflets to schools and youth clubs on the dangers of inhaling nitrous oxide or “laughing gas”. The drug is legal and growing in popularity as a recreational drug, with the LGA estimating that around 500,000 young people regularly use it.

BBC survey shows sharp rise in fines for poor attendance

13 August 2014

According to local authority (LA) figures obtained by the BBC, fines for poor attendance have risen sharply (70%) since September 2013. Since that date, Heads have no longer been able to grant 10 days’ holiday in “special circumstances”. Parents can be fined £60 per child per period of absence, rising to £120 if the fine is not paid within 21 days.