Articles by Shreedan Vaidya

Parents investing in home tutoring over summer holidays

One quarter of parents are considering investing in some form of home schooling over the summer holidays to ensure their children’s grades don’t slip, according to a recent survey. The poll of 1,000 primary school parents, carried out for an online tutoring company, revealed that a fifth of respondents already hire tutors to teach their […]

Education reforms could spell end of AS levels

Independent schools in Britain will scrap the AS level exam, should divisive plans to reform the schools system be passed by education secretary Michael Gove. 320 leading independent schools were polled, with one in seven believing that should reform go ahead in 2015, the traditional AS level sat by 16-17 year olds will still be […]

GCSE science grades expect to fall

A “small drop” should be expected in science GCSE results this year, an exams watchdog has said. In a letter to schools, advisory body Ofqual set out its plans for changes to GCSE and A-level exams. In response to the Department of Education calling out for higher quality exams, this will be the first year […]

Home schooling boom in USA

The number of children being home-schooled in the USA has risen by 75 per cent since 1999, a new report published in Education News has revealed. Four per cent of pupils in the USA are now studying at home, and the number of primary school children in home schooling is growing seven times faster than […]

Treasury pledges £10bn to repair schools

Schools in urgent need of repairs and rebuilding will receive a share of £10 billion from the Treasury to help complete the Priority School Building Programme two years ahead of schedule, the government has announced. A total of 261 schools are listed on the programme, which replaced the £52 billion Building Schools for the Future […]

Ofqual publishes findings on exam marking quality

Examinations regulator Ofqual has published the first part of its research into the quality of marking for GCSE, A levels and other academic qualifications. The research will be followed by a report in summer on the arrangements for challenging marks and grades, and another in autumn with final recommendations. It was carried out in response […]

‘Impossible test’ teaches students that it’s OK to fail

While many students strive for perfection, a new initiative from a top girls’ school is designed to demonstrate that it’s OK to get things wrong sometimes too. Oxford High School for Girls has devised a maths test for pupils aged 11 in which it is impossible to achieve a perfect score, in a bid to […]

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