Maths and Science Skills the Focus of GCSE and A-Level Reforms

The Government's long-planned GCSE and A-Level examination reforms have been outlined today, revealing a stronger emphasis on maths and science skills across a range of disciplines. Teachers and students will experience a rare feeling of unity upon hearing the news -- teachers will be frustrated at a revised syllabus to teach and learn, while pupils will be annoyed at the stiff challenge each exam will now represent. Read More >>

Good GCSE Results? Thank Your Parents, as it Might all be Genetic

Soon, a DNA test might be able to tell you whether it's worth revising for exams or not, as new research suggests that genetic factors are much more important than schoolwork or home life when it comes to determining future exam successes. Read More >>

An A* Grade Will Be Worthless in New GCSE Overhaul

There's something special about being awarded an A* grade at an exam. I mean, it's a bloody star! What's not made better through association with a celestial body? Which makes the news of a fully-numeric new GCSE grading system for students studying in England so disappointing. It's not all that exciting to be striving for a "9", is it? Read More >>

You Woz Banned From Saying Innit at School, Yeah?

A London school is standing up for the English language by banning certain modern slang words and terms. Pupils at one South London academy have been banned from saying "innit," "coz" and "ain't," and have been told not to end their sentences with "yeah." Read More >>

Gorgeous School Furniture That Teaches Kids Good Posture

Turns out, sitting hunched over a desk for eight hours a day isn't all that great for a kid's posture, and the spinal contortions needed to lean over a flat desk certainly do nothing for a student's ability to focus on the day's lessons. However, this rolling chair from Dublin-based industrial design firm Perch aims to keep kids upright, comfortable, and engaged through the magic of deforming plastic. Read More >>

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The Women Ensuring Future Generations Can Code

The state of Information and Communications Technology in UK schools is at a low. The ICT curriculum's been criticised by Education minister Michael Gove; Google's Eric Schmidt, and the Royal Society's collective mega-brain. Pupils still view ICT as buttoned-up nerdery rather than the exciting subject that it ought to be, in a world that's now utterly reliant on the things it covers. Last year, two people sat down in a Shoreditch pub and came up with an idea that could turn that around. Read More >>

Michael Gove Accused of "Airbrushing" Queen Victoria From History

A draft version of the new primary school curriculum has been criticised for leaving out key historical figures, like that woman who was queen for ages. And that bloke who did all those bridges. Read More >>

Google's Giving the Gift of Pi to UK Schools

Due to Eric Schmidt's recent friendship with North Korea, his karmic balance is skewed way towards the bad. His solution? Give 15,000 cute little Raspberry Pis to the poor under-teched schoolchildren of Britain. Oh, and of course, have the obligatory semi-creepy photo of him posing with an ethnically representative sample of kiddies. That'll make it all better, Eric. Read More >>

Did a Local Council Close Down a Girl's School Lunches Blog So It Could Grab Headlines?

The bizarre and rather popular NeverSeconds blog, which featured photos of the school dinners served up to a Scottish schoolgirl each day, has been told to stop publishing photos due to pressure from the local council. Twitter's up in arms about this crushing of a brave young blogger's enthusiasm. Read More >>

See If You Can Answer the Weirdest Standardised Test Question Ever

Students, teachers, and parents in New York State don't know what to make of this bizarre question on the state exams. Let's see if you can do better. Sharpen your pencils! But first, everyone's familiar with the story of the pineapple and the hare, right? Read More >>

YouTube goes Educational -- Schools Channel Launches

Google has added a separate sensible area to YouTube, gathering together all of its educational output into a locked-down channel it's calling YouTube for Schools. Read More >>

Welsh Kids Teach Teachers How to Use Their School's iPads

A Welsh primary school blew its book budget on buying 16 iPads and 20 iPods back in February, with the poor teachers having to learn as much new stuff as the kids. Read More >>


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