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Last update: Wednesday 21st August
 
The last-minute scramble for university places by candidates who fail to achieve their expected A-level grades is to disappear, admissions chiefs have decided. The clearing system, under which those without a place race to apply by telephone to universities with course vacancies, will be scrapped in two years’ time. Instead, there will be a short ‘cooling off’ period between the issuing of A-level results and the opening of applications for places by universities. Once applications open, prospective students will apply online and have to wait for an offer rather than the current system of a telephone interview, which may be followed by the offer of a place and a rapid deadline within which to accept. The changes, which are subject to consultation with universities and schools, come after a massive rise in the number of applications through the clearing system, which peaked at a record of more than 50,000 last year.
EducationThe Times - March 28 2012
 
Exam boards were today ordered to tighten up GCSE’s in fours subjects, amid fears that they were becoming easier. The exam regulator Ofqual is making changes to GCSE’s in English Literature, Maths, History and Geography to ensure students study the whole curriculum. It is understood that it comes after concerns were raised that pupils were sitting papers and only studying topics that were likely to come up in the exams. The changes will be fully implemented by September 2013.
EducationThe Sentinel – 24th February 2012
 
Representatives of religious groups, the British Humanist Association and teaching associations have joined together to support a new All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on RE, chaired by Stephen Lloyd MP. The group aims to focus on safeguarding the inclusion of religious education in schools and to explore how the subject can continue to be useful to young people. A poll by the REC revealed that 80 per cent of young people studying RE say that it promotes better understanding of religion and beliefs.
EducationThe War Cry – February 2012
 
Almost 11,000 fewer students have applied for degree places at the area’s three universities in the first concrete evidence that higher tuition fees are deterring young people. Keele, Staffordshire and Manchester Metropolitan universities today played down the significance, saying there are still plenty of candidates chasing places for this September. But across England, a similar picture has emerged as applications for full-time degrees fell by 9.9 per cent. These students will be the first to be charged up to £9,000-a-year, almost treble the previous fees rate.
EducationThe Sentinel - January 31, 2012
 
Growing numbers of teenagers will consider studying overseas in the future to find wide-ranging courses and good value for money, it has been suggested. The United States and European nations such as the Netherlands are already becoming increasingly popular among students who are “savvier” in their university choices, according to private school leaders. With fees for English universities set to rise to £9,000, value for money is high on the agenda.
EducationThe Sentinel, December 30, 2011
 
Schools are being urged to compete with local takeaways by offering special meal deals in a bid to encourage more pupils to eat healthy lunches. Ministers have announced that schools will be able to offer price promotions in the hope that more youngsters will try school dinners. Schools currently have to charge the same price for the same item for every pupil, but now they could offer cut price meals to a different year group each day, special prices for siblings that regularly eat at school, or £1 meal deals.
EducationThe Sentinel, December 29, 2011
 
It was reported in late August that more schoolchildren are both sitting and passing Religious Studies (RS), as the government prepares to exclude it from the new Baccalaureate. Nearly a third more pupils took the subject in 2011 than in 2005. The pass rate is up by 2.2% compared to 2010.
EducationEvangelicals Now, October 2011
 
In 2010/11, there were 444 reported cases involving verbal or physical abuse towards school staff. This was significantly down on the previous year; when 700 incidents were flagged up by schools. But only 141 of Staffordshire’s 391 schools submitted responses. Of the known incidents, 330 involved verbal abuse, 78 included threatening behaviour, and 141 led to physical injury. In one case, a pupil used a water bottle as a weapon and hurled it at staff.
EducationThe Sentinel, Tuesday September 20, 2011
 
Research by the BBC has shown that a vast majority of schools are disregarding the law by failing to stage a daily Christian assembly, reports The Daily Telegraph.
Almost two thirds of parents who responded to the survey said their children did not take part in collective worship at school every day. Last year some teachers and religious leaders wrote to Education Secretary Michael Gove, insisting that children should not be ‘coerced’ into religion in schools. But under the 1944 Education Act schools must provide ‘broadly Christian worship’ every day.
EducationThe War Cry, 17 September 2011
 
On the morning that A level results were released, Premier Radio reported that the number of pupils passing A level Religious Studies has risen. More than 18,000 took the exam with 80 per cent of them getting grade C or above. The news came against the background of the Government’s plan not to include RS as a core subject of the English Baccalaureate.
EducationThe War Cry August 27 2011
 
The English baccalaureate will not contain Religious Education, the government has announced, in a move that Christians say threatens the future of the subject. Brian Gates, chair of the Religious Education Council of England and Wales, said that not including RE in the 2010 English baccalaureate has meant that many schools are no longer offering it as a GCSE choice.
EducationChristianity September 2011
 
Jerry Brown, Governer of California, in July signed into law a Bill that will force state schools to promote the historic impact of homosexual, bisexual and transgender activists.
It will also prohibit teachers and textbooks from telling pupils of the risks associated with same-sex conduct.
EducationEvangelicals Now September 2011
 
The books that Jews escaping Nazi Germany fled with are being returned to their homeland to teach children about the Holocaust. The Goethe Institut, the German government-funded cultural body, is receiving crates of books in Israel in the 'Keine Leichte pakete' (No lightweight packages) experiment. Detailed biographies of those who originally owned the books have been collated by Caroline Jessen [who said] 'The name of the project "No lightweight packages" refers not only to the physical weight of the books but also to the burden of history they carry.
EducationSalvationist 13 August 2011
 
The government has indicated that it will not include religious education in the English Baccalaureate for 2011. The Department of Education’s latest Statement of Intent – an annual statement which sets out the proposed content of performance tables – indicates that the make-up of the English Baccalaureate is to stay the same. Campaigners have been asking that RE be included among the subjects that make up the baccalaureate, which is a measure for performance tables. They argue that if it is not, schools will sideline the subject.
EducationThe War Cry 30 July 2011
 
In May, it was reported that Jonathan Morgan and two of his peers in Plano, Texas, were at the centre of a legal battle over children’s First Amendment rights and whether children must leave their rights at the schoolhouse door. In December 2003, eight-year-old Jonathan Morgan had packed goodie bags for his classmates to open at their annual winter party, but the bags were confiscated because they contained candy cane pens with a message about Jesus attached.
EducationEvangelicals Now July 2011
 
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