Remembering what education’s for

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We all know August is the silly season for the media but, my goodness, there were some wild education stories flying around last month!

Of course, at results time policymakers and the press indulged in the usual sport of knocking the very qualifications our young people have worked so hard to achieve. Thus Lord (Ken) Baker, and others who should similarly know better, decided to air their view that GCSE has had its day and should wither on the vine. Nothing’s for ever, of course, and the exam is now more than a quarter of a century old. But, at a time when schools will just be starting to teach the new style of GCSEs, it seems unfortunate (to put it mildly) and insulting to candidates to rubbish it.

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North East has highest rate of improvement at GCSE

SNE Logo (under 8k)Very well done to all schools in our region and their pupils for the fantastic GCSE results achieved today. SCHOOLS NorthEast would like to congratulate everyone for their hard work and well-deserved success.

The North East achieved the highest rate of improvement at GCSE level nationally, with an impressive 1.5% increase in grade A* – C compared to 2014; almost four times as much as Yorkshire & the Humber, which had the second highest regional increase. This remarkable improvement means that North East schools achieved an average of 67.2% A* – C grades, compared to last year’s 65.7%.

Although the North East still lags behind in some respects, with the joint lowest grades at A*-A  (17.6%) alongside Yorkshire & the Humber, pupils in the North East scored more A* – A grades than last year, with the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) reporting a 0.2% change from 2014. This was the second biggest improvement nationally, bucking the trend which saw an overall decline of 0.1%.

SCHOOLS NorthEast Director of Operations & Development, Chris Zarraga, commented on today’s results, saying:

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