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Welsh exam hit by GCSE glitch.

An apology has been made to GCSE pupils after a "technical issue" affected their computer science exam.

Parents complained problems meant the start was delayed while pupils could not answer one of the questions.

It is unclear how many schools were affected, but people in Vale of Glamorgan, Cardiff, Pembrokeshire and Rhondda Cynon Taff highlighted issues.

The WJEC exam board said it is investigating the matter and no pupils would be disadvantaged.

A parent of a pupil at St Cyres school, Penarth, said teachers were unable to log on to the online resource for the exam at the scheduled start time of 13:30 BST on Thursday.

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School taught wrong book.

Students at a £37,000-a-year independent girls school were taught the wrong text for their exam.

Pupils at Malvern St James Girls' School, in Worcestershire, realised the error while sitting the IGCSE English literature exam on 15 May.

Headmistress Olivera Raraty apologised "wholeheartedly" for the issue, which affected one section of the exam paper.

The exam board said the school could submit a request for special consideration of students' marks.

The Cambridge IGCSE is an international qualification.

    

According to The Independent, English literature students had been studying Spies by Michael Frayn but there were no exam questions about the book.

Mrs Raraty said: "No girl should be disadvantaged by this. Fortunately, all exam boards have procedures in place to deal with this type of incident and we meet the criteria for 'special consideration'.

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Learning about work motivates higher GCSE results.

Teenagers taught about the world of work are more motivated to get higher GCSE results, say researchers.

A careers charity study found pupils who heard directly from employers about the realities of getting a job went on to get better grades.

It also seemed to provide the incentive for increased revision.

Education Secretary Damian Hinds says it shows the value of telling students how subjects taught in school are "relevant in later life".

The research, on behalf of the Education and Employers charity, examined the progress of a group of about 650 secondary school pupils in England in the year before their GCSEs - with some given careers talks and meetings with employers.

    

'Authentic' influence

Those pupils who had careers sessions with employers, and had seen the direct implications of their exams, were slightly more likely to exceed predicted GCSE grades, says the study.

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KS1 or KS2 Teacher Maranatha Christian School Sevenhampton, Swindon.

Exciting opportunity for a Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2 Teacher

 

Maranatha Christian School in Sevenhampton, Swindon, has an exciting opportunity for a suitably qualified Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2 Teacher to join our team from September 2019. This is an ideal opportunity for an experienced teacher looking to join a supportive and motivated team.

We are looking for a committed Christian educator who is passionate about primary education and supportive of our Christian ethos. They should be an outstanding classroom practitioner, who is able to work creatively, innovatively and develop the learning of all pupils through exciting and engaging lessons. We will offer a dedicated and welcoming team of professional colleagues, a supportive leadership team and enthusiastic and friendly pupils. A strong Christian faith, passion for teaching and a commitment to supporting our pupils is imperative.

Reporting to: Headteacher

Pay scale: as per experience

Closing date for applications: 31st May 2019 or sooner if enough applications have been received.

Please email reception@maranathaschool.org for an application form.

For the full Job Description, please click on http://www.maranathaschool.org/jobs

                        Maranatha Christian School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all staff to share this commitment. Any successful applicant will be required to undertake ta disclosure by the disclosure and barring service as well as any other checks which are deemed to be necessary.

 

 

 

 

 

 


KS3 Teacher Maranatha Christian School Sevenhampton, Swindon.

Exciting opportunity for a Key Stage 3 Teacher

 

Maranatha Christian School in Sevenhampton, Swindon, has an exciting opportunity for a suitably qualified Key Stage 3 Teacher to join our team from September 2019. This is an ideal opportunity for an experienced teacher looking to join a supportive and motivated team.

We are looking for a committed Christian educator who is passionate about primary education and supportive of our Christian ethos. They should be an outstanding classroom practitioner, who is able to work creatively, innovatively and develop the learning of all pupils through exciting and engaging lessons. We will offer a dedicated and welcoming team of professional colleagues, a supportive leadership team and enthusiastic and friendly pupils. A strong Christian faith, passion for teaching and a commitment to supporting our pupils is imperative.

Reporting to: Headteacher

Pay scale: as per experience

Closing date for applications: 31st May 2019 or sooner if enough applications have been received.

For the full Job Description, please click on http://www.maranathaschool.org/jobs

Please email reception@maranathaschool.org for an application form.

 

                        Maranatha Christian School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all staff to share this commitment. Any successful applicant will be required to undertake ta disclosure by the disclosure and barring service as well as any other checks which are deemed to be necessary.

 


KS4 Teacher Vacancy Maranatha Christian School in Sevenhampton, Swindon.

Exciting opportunity for a Key Stage 4 Teacher

 

Maranatha Christian School in Sevenhampton, Swindon, has an exciting opportunity for a suitably qualified Key Stage 4 Teacher to join our team from September 2019. This is an ideal opportunity for an experienced teacher looking to join a supportive and motivated team.

We are looking for a committed Christian educator who is passionate about primary education and supportive of our Christian ethos. They should be an outstanding classroom practitioner, who is able to work creatively, innovatively and develop the learning of all pupils through exciting and engaging lessons. Previous experience in teaching GCSEs will be essential for this role.

We will offer a dedicated and welcoming team of professional colleagues, a supportive leadership team and enthusiastic and friendly pupils. A strong Christian faith, passion for teaching and a commitment to supporting our pupils is imperative.

Reporting to: Headteacher

Pay scale: as per experience

Closing date for applications: 31st May 2019 or sooner if enough applications have been received.

For the full Job Description, please click on http://www.maranathaschool.org/jobs

Please email reception@maranathaschool.org for an application form.

 

                        Maranatha Christian School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all staff to share this commitment. Any successful applicant will be required to undertake ta disclosure by the disclosure and barring service as well as any other checks which are deemed to be necessary.

 

 

 

 

 

 


The extent of off-rolling in our schools.

A quarter of teachers have seen off-rolling in their schools, and most of these believe the practice is on the rise, new research commissioned by Ofsted has shown.

The YouGov survey also found that teachers who have experienced off-rolling, where a child is removed from the roll to benefit the school rather than the pupil, are more likely to work in academies.

Chief inspector Amanda Spielman warned that teachers were saying that some schools are “clearly pushing vulnerable pupils out through the back door”.

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School break times cut - no time to play.

School break times have been getting shorter over the past two decades, as teachers try to pack more lessons into the day, a long-term study suggests.

Infants in England had 45 minutes less break time a week than in 1995, the University College London team found.

Secondary pupils had lost 65 minutes over the same period, they said.

The government said it had given schools the "autonomy" to make decisions about the structure and duration of their school day.

Pupils complained of fun activities being banned, not having enough time to eat their lunch, and missing their breaks due to others' poor behaviour.

Children and young people's social lives seem to have been curtailed as well, with fewer students than in 2006 reporting they had visited a friend's house after school, according to the research.

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Non-association independent schools.

Management information for non-association independent schools, published 3 times per year on the following schedule:

  • January/February (on inspections conducted from the previous September to December, plus the most recent inspections and outcomes of all open non-association independent schools at the end of December)
  • April/May (on inspections conducted from September to March, plus the most recent inspections and outcomes of all open non-association independent schools at the end of March)
  • August/September (on inspections conducted from September to July, plus the most recent inspections and outcomes of all open non-association independent schools at the end of July)

Our official statistics are published once per year, on the following schedule:

  • November/December (on inspections conducted from September to August, including those published in September plus the most recent inspections and outcomes of all open schools, at the end of August)

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https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/800307/Management_information_-_non-association_independent_schools_-_as_at_31_March_2019.xlsx


Exam chaos - police probe.

Exam chaos as two GCSE and two AS-level papers get lost in post sparking police probe just days before thousands sit tests across Britain

  • Four papers vanished just days before the pupils in question are due to sit tests 
  • French reading and writing papers went missing as well as two Sociology papers 
  • Those exams are due to start in less than two weeks but now have to be replaced
  • Comes as Mathematics pupils in Wales were first to sit 2019's GCSEs yesterday 

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