Secondary education

Wales' exam results model 'very different'

Exams
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In response to questions about reassurance for Welsh students who are expecting exam results next week, Julie James said: “I am really happy to reassure every learner in Wales that the model here is very different.”

It follows concerns about the way grades are being awarded in England and Scotland.

She said the system “takes into account work that has been completed by the students".

"For example, here in Wales we’ve never let go of AS-Levels so if you took A-Levels this year then you would have had your AS-Levels last year and they would have contributed 40% to your A-Level grade.”

“We are very keen that our learners are given the accolades they need for the hard work that they’ve done but also that they get the grades they deserve and those grades are robust.”

'Too soon' to draw conclusions on teachers' survey

BBC Radio Guernsey

It is too soon to draw any conclusions on a survey of teachers in Guernsey about the future model of local secondary education, the president of the education committee has said

Deputy Matt Fallaize was responding to comments made online by Deputy Neil Inder, who tweeted to say the two-school model was now, in his words, "dead".

Mr Inder took to social media to respond to media reports that the survey said small secondary schools with up to 800 pupils and a sixth form on one site had emerged as the preferences among teaching staff.

Matt Fallaize said that, until a full review was published, there was no point in speculating.

He said: "I think we should wait until the end of the review. We gave a commitment at the start of the review that we would keep an open mind, and, more than, that we would report back to the States with an objective assessment of all of the models that we proposed for review, and set out enough information in a report that would allow the States to come to an informed view about which model it preferred."

Results of secondary education reform survey released

Adam Durbin

BBC News

A States survey of secondary school staff identifying their priorities for the new model of education has been released.

In March, deputies approved a requete requiring the Committee for Education Sport and Culture (ESC) to pause implementing its previously agreed strategy and compare it with alternatives.

Overall there were 179 responses from secondary staff, including 137 teachers, which is 70% of those employed.

The wide-ranging survey identified a variety of different priority areas for the reform.

Some of the most popular ideas for staff included:

  • Allowing individual sites to develop their own identity
  • Access to the same standard of facilities for all students on all sites
  • Keeping one site for sixth form students
  • Ensuring current or improved pastoral and special educational needs support is available to all
  • Maintaining or reducing class sizes
Survey response chart
States of Guernsey

ESC president, Deputy Matt Fallaize, thanked staff for responding to the survey and said the feedback would be used to shape the proposed models for reform.

He added: "We are committed to hearing the views of staff in schools and other education services and for those views to shape the review of models and the findings presented to the States."

Survey response chart
States of Guernsey

Kent Test to be delayed until October

Sue Nicholson

BBC News

Classroom
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Kent County Council has approved plans to delay the Kent Test - often referred to as the 11-plus - by about one month as a result of the impact of Covid-19 on schools and pupils.

The grammar school entrance exam will now take place on Thursday 15 October for pupils who attend a Kent school and from Saturday 17 October for all other students.

Parents in Kent will also be offered two additional preferences on their child’s secondary school application this year, an increase from four to six, to account for the later release of Kent Test results.

More than 17,000 pupils have registered for the test this year, the council said.

Decision on future of education 'must be made'

BBC Radio Guernsey

The president of the Committee for Education, Sport and Culture (ESC) said a decision needs to be made on the future of Guernsey's secondary schools sooner rather than later.

ESC has published its proposals for the upcoming review of schooling in Guernsey.

As questions continue to be asked about the future of schooling, Deputy Matt Fallaize argued time is of the essence to make a decision.

He said: "We just can't carry on identifying models, endorsing them, spending millions of pounds developing them to very advanced stages and then staying at the eleventh hour we don't want to implement them."