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What happened when I got in touch with three of my old teachers | Adrian Chiles

I thought Mr Corbett would be dead by now. Turns out he’s not much older than meOnly a few people seem to remain in touch with any of their schoolteachers. This seems a shame to me. If I had gone on to do well in life, I would want to share that with t…

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What happened when I got in touch with three of my old teachers | Adrian Chiles

I thought Mr Corbett would be dead by now. Turns out he’s not much older than meOnly a few people seem to remain in touch with any of their schoolteachers. This seems a shame to me. If I had gone on to do well in life, I would want to share that with t…

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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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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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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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‘I don’t blame any teacher for not coming out as gay’

It took Iesha Small 10 years in schools before she felt she could be open about her sexuality. Here she explains whyI’d been a teacher for over 10 years before I felt comfortable enough to just be myself. I had settled into a rhythm. I wanted to be a g…

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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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Let’s replace religious assembly in schools with a ‘thought for the day’ | Laura McInerney

Compulsory Christian worship is divisive and excludes many children. Why not teach them all to think about religions and philosophies instead?Back in the early 1990s, a lone Pakistani boy appeared in my otherwise entirely white primary school class. If…