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  1. A-level results: Higher pass rate in Jersey than England

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    The overall pass rate for Jersey’s A-level results is 98.8%, the Government of Jersey has said.

    The marks are in line with 2018 and above the 97.5% pass rate for England.

    In 2019, 59.5% of entries resulted in grades A*, A or B.

    Grades at A* and A accounted for 29.6% of all results compared to 25.2% in England.

    This year, a total of 480 Jersey pupils were entered for 1,298 A-level examinations.

    Results collection
    Quote Message: I would like to offer my congratulations to the students: you did your best, you made an effort and, whatever the results, you are valued. Well done for all your hard work and perseverance. To all the teachers, parents, carers and families, I would like to offer my thanks for all the support you give our young people. from Senator Tracey Vallois Education minister
    Senator Tracey ValloisEducation minister
  2. Could Jersey behavioural study influence the UK?

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Dr Darren Bowring

    A Jersey behaviour adviser who carried out a four-year study on his service’s work with islanders who have autism and/or a learning disability, says his findings could impact how the UK supports individuals with challenging behaviour.

    Dr Darren Bowring, Senior Behaviour Advisor with the Positive Behaviour Support Service, says the study – the largest of its kind to ever be conducted ­­­– showed his team had "significantly improved" the behaviour of most participants.

    The study was undertaken on nearly 90 islanders who were referred to the service for displaying difficult or challenging behaviour.

    According to the study:

    • 68% of carers said challenging behaviour now “stressed” them less than it did
    • 93% of carers said they were more effective at preventing challenging behaviour from occurring
    • 75% of individuals were now able to communicate their needs more effectively
    Quote Message: People with a learning disability or autism are more predisposed to challenging behaviour for a number of reasons such as they may find it difficult to communicate needs, the environments they access may not suit their social or sensory needs or their may be restrictions that prevent a good quality of life. We want to understand why challenging behaviour occurs, so we can come up with strategies to address this and promote people to have a better quality of life. We are publicising a model that will be more and more common in the UK. from Dr Darren Bowring Positive Behaviour Support Service
    Dr Darren BowringPositive Behaviour Support Service
  3. Guernsey's economy grew in 2018, new figures show

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    New figures from the States show Guernsey's economy grew by 1.7% last year.

    They show the average worker contributes more than £52,000 to the economy a year.

    That figure is almost 30% greater than Jersey's figure.

    Finance remains Guernsey's most significant money earner, bringing in more than 40% of the £3.3bn the economy was worth in 2018.

  4. House prices increase by 8% in Jersey

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    The House Price Index report for the second quarter of 2019 shows an increase of 8% in the average property price.

    The report has been published by Statistics Jersey.

    More can be found here.

  5. Winds of force six expected across the islands

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Jersey Met has issued a yellow weather warning for wind across the islands.

    wind warning
  6. Crowds expected at the annual Gorey Fete

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Preparations for this year's Gorey Fete are under way.

    Young people under the age of 16 can go to Gorey Fete for free when it begins later.

    Famous for it's spaghetti eating and bonny baby competitions, it used to cost £1 for teenagers and children to attend.

    The organisers say the free entrance is thanks to a donation from the insurance company Jersey Mutual.

    Gorey Fete
  7. Paid breastfeeding breaks for States employees

    BBC Radio Jersey

    breastfeeding mother

    New mothers who work for Jersey's government will now be paid to take breastfeeding breaks.

    The changes to the States' maternity policy have come into place following a campaign by Deputy Louise Doublet.

    It will apply for a year after the birth of the baby and comes into effect from 1 September.

  8. Former teachers say new education model is 'flawed'

    Euan Mahy

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    More than 50 local teachers have signed a letter to the States saying Education's two-school model is "flawed".

    They say they support the general principle and direction of travel but say it will not work across only two sites.

    A one-school, two-site plan was agreed in the States in October, which would turn four separate schools into a single, multi-site school.

    Les Beaucamps High School
    Image caption: Les Beaucamps High School is one of the schools proposed for redevelopment

    At the core of the teachers' argument is research from the UK which says pupils do best in schools where there are no more than 1,000 students.

    The letter says the model planned for Guernsey could see two schools with about 1,450.

    The 57 former teachers who have signed the letter say a three-school model with about 800 students in each would be better for pupils, transport, the environment and the States' finances.

    The teachers all agree that the Grammar Sixth Form centre should be retained.

    The letter's been published less than a month before Education ask the States for funding for two big colleges at Les Beaucamps and St Sampsons.

    The Education Committee has been approached for comment.

  9. Channel Islands weather: Dry but breezy

    Alex Osborne

    BBC Weather

    Cloud will break up through the morning to leave a largely dry afternoon with a good deal of sunshine.

    It will be breezy with the chance of one or two showers.

    Maximum temperature: 21C (70F)

    weather map
  10. Guernsey GDP grew by 1.7%

    Adam Durbin

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by 1.7% between 2017 and 2018, according to new figures published by the government.

    GDP is the sum (measured in pounds) of the value of goods and services produced in the economy.

    The total GDP for the island was £3.3 billion, which translates to a per capita figure of about £52,500.

    The report also outlines the island's Gross Value Added (GVA), a similar measure to GDP which factors in the impact of taxes and subsidies on product to the overall figure.

    Total GVA for 2018 was estimated by their report to be £3.2 billion.

    Other key statistics from the report:

    • The island's GDP per capita is 65% greater than the UK as a whole
    • GVA per capita is 29% larger than Jersey's
    • The finance sector remains the largest single contributor, accounting for 41% of the island's GVA
    • Non-finance industry sectors contributed 51%, with households making up the final 8%
    • However, productivity decreased by 1% in real terms from 2017 to approximately £100,000 per worker
    GDP graph