Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

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Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

News at a Glance

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Practicals may not count in new science GCSEs

Assessment of pupils' practical science skills will be removed from new GCSEs, under controversial plans unveiled by Ofqual this week. The exams watchdog said its reforms would reinvigorate the hands-on aspect of the subjects by stopping teaching to the test. Instead of practicals counting towards grades, at least 15 per cent of marks from written exam questions in each science GCSE would "draw on students' practical science experience". The Campaign for Science and Engineering said there was a "real danger" that the plans would lead to a "further erosion of practical science experience and skills".

Next stop for the Educating... series: Cardiff

The latest in a series of fly-on-the-wall documentaries filmed in Britain's secondary schools will be set in a Welsh comprehensive. The next Educating... series is being filmed at Willows High School in Cardiff and will be aired on Channel 4 next autumn. Previous documentaries, which featured schools in Essex, Yorkshire and East London, have made household names of teachers and students such as Mr Drew, Mrs Marsden and Musharaf "Mushy" Asghar.

Half of schools do not provide medicine candidates

About half of the UK's secondary schools did not provide a single applicant to study medicine over a three-year period, research suggests. The University of Nottingham study, commissioned by the Medical Schools Council (MSC), finds that 20 per cent of schools and colleges provide 80 per cent of applicants to medicine, with grammar and independent schools responsible for roughly half of all applications (bit. …

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