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Migrants ‘do not lower school results’

BBC News Education – Migrants ‘do not lower school results’.

OECD – Can schools help to integrate immigrants?

Ministers consider the return of key stage 1 national tests

TES News – Ministers are to consider the introduction of more “rigorous” assessments for seven-year-olds, including a possible return to national testing.

BBC News Education – Morgan: Tougher tests and top teachers in weak schools.

The Telegraph – All test scores from seven-year-olds ‘to be sent to government’, under plans being considered.  Review to be announced by Nicky Morgan, the Education Secretary, will look at ways to improve how to track pupil progress in early years.

Tories to water down pledge to make EBac compulsory for all

TES News – Ministers have watered down their policy of requiring all secondary students to sit GCSEs in the core academic subjects that make up the English Baccalaureate.

Ministers consider national tests for seven-year-olds

The Guardian – Ministers are considering more rigorous assessments for seven-year-olds – including the reintroduction of national tests – as part of an overhaul of primary school appraisal to being announced by education secretary Nicky Morgan.

Is Britain Fairer? The state of equality and human rights 2015

Equality and Human Rights Commission – In 2010, the Commission produced its first report on equality (How Fair is Britain?) and separate report on human rights (the Human Rights Review) in 2012. Is Britain Fairer? is the Commission’s follow-up report on both equality and human rights. This report outlines our findings and sets out the challenges for the future.

TES News – Minority ethnic pupils are narrowing attainment gap with white peers, report shows.

TES News – Teach boys and girls in the same way, says exam board research director.

Philip Pullman says tests and league tables have left arts education in a ‘terrible state’

TES News – Author Philip Pullman has warned that an obsession with league tables and exams has left arts education in a “terrible state”.

The Guardian – Philip Pullman decries ‘terrible state’ of children’s education in the arts.

Tories in school tests U-turn

The Sunday Times – Tough new tests and assessments for England’s primary school children may be scrapped in a wide-ranging review after opposition from unions and head teachers in what many will see as a significant government U-turn.

General studies A-level to be axed

TES News – It has been around since the 1950s, easing the passage to university for generations of pupils in return for very little revision. But TES can reveal that the Department for Education has decided to abolish A-level general studies.

‘We’re Mystic Meg': headteachers left in the dark over new exams

TES News – Just three of 156 new GCSEs, AS- and A-levels that schools will be expected to teach from next year have had any official approval from exams regulator Ofqual, it has emerged.

High migrant numbers have ‘no impact’ on English students, study shows

TES News – A large number of migrant children in a school can lead to worse exam results in many countries, but not in England, according to research.

IZA World of Labour – Immigrants in the classroom and effects on native children.

Don’t ‘rush’ teachers over Scotland’s new school performance regime, education leader says

TES News – The Scottish government risks alienating the entire teaching profession if its plans for measuring school performance are “imposed” too quickly, one of the leading backers of the project has said.

Ofqual chief: exam markers ‘don’t do it for the money’

TES News – Ofqual has rejected claims from leading private school headteachers that the quality of exam marking would be improved if teachers were paid more for marking.

Maths exam ‘not fit for purpose’ over crocodile question

The Scotsman – This year’s Higher maths exam was “unfit for purpose”, according a former principal assessor – thanks to a question about a crocodile.

Inequality in schools is on the rise, says new report

Belfast Telegraph – A new education report has revealed ongoing underachievement by working-class Protestant children, and wider poor performances by males.

Equality Commission for Northern Ireland – Making a difference for our children: key inequalities in education.

Superhead Dame Alison Peacock snubs baseline tests for four-year-olds

TES News – One of the government’s key advisers on primary education and most feted headteachers, Dame Alison Peacock, has revealed that her school will refuse to carry out the controversial new baseline assessment.