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Pupils refusing to sit GCSE exams due to tougher format

Stress levels have been raised, according to leading teaching unionsPupils have been so demoralised by the new, tougher GCSE format in England that some refused to sit the exams this year, while others display raised levels of stress, according to lead…

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Don’t despair if GSCE results day doesn’t go your way – life is only just beginning | Adrian Chiles

I failed German and music, and my friends did even worse, but things turned out OK for us in the endIt is GCSE results day on Thursday. One way or another, my younger daughter will be having a morning to remember; we all will.We are just back from Croa…

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Meritocracy is a myth – so don’t judge people on their GCSE grades | Michael Segalov

Until pupils from all sections of society have an equal chance of success, exam results should not be taken at face valueOn exam results days, there’s now something of a social media tradition of those long out of the school system sharing stories of s…

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Poorer pupils twice as likely to fail key GCSEs

Analysis shows reversal in attainment gap between poor pupils and wealthy classmates Disadvantaged pupils are almost twice as likely to fail GCSE maths as their wealthier classmates, according to research that lays bare the attainment gap between rich …

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Social media pressures ‘driving up exam stress in girls’

Ahead of GCSE results, Girlguiding warns of expectation to post online and schools seeking acclaimPublicity-hungry schools and pressure to post results on social media are driving up exam stress among girls, the Girlguiding movement has said, after it …

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‘I cried and he cried’: the highs and lows of exam results day for teachers

Opening GCSE and A-level results can mean tears or elation for students – but also for their teachers Continue reading…

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Predicted grades are a lottery and work against the poorest students. Let’s get rid of them | David Olusoga

The evidence shows that the UK’s university entrance system is not only inaccurate but unfairAlong with never having got round to writing down our constitution and having a monarch who legally owns all the swans, one of the things that makes the UK a b…

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The Guardian view on A-levels: end the guesswork in university admissions | Editorial

Universities must now pick students without knowing their exam results. This is unfair and inefficient. It must changeThis week’s A-level results will have disappointed some students, but despite that there may in one sense never be a better time to be…

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‘Students don’t see the value’: why A-level English is in decline

An emphasis on Stem subjects and a dull GCSE course are blamed for fewer pupils taking the examTim Edwards* is an English teacher in a secondary school in a relatively deprived part of east London. He’s passionate about his subject, but is watching it …