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Scotch meat still top of the class

Ciara Etherson hails the industry’s initiatives to improve family diets After a summer of sport that has enthralled the nation, the goal of a healthy lifestyle has never been more popular. Exercise is one side of the healthy life equation but what we...

Scotsman, today, 10:19
 
A-level results: foreign languages suffer further slump

A-level results: foreign languages suffer further slump

A-levels in traditional foreign languages have suffered a further slump, with the number of people taking German falling so steeply that it has been overtaken by Mandarin. About 3,000 students sat German A-levels, a drop of 16% on last year and a 45%...

Guardian, yesterday, 20:51
 
Tough A-level season for girls at Tauheedul Islam school

Tough A-level season for girls at Tauheedul Islam school

It was a tough exam season for this year’s A-level cohort, who sweated in airless assembly halls during the hottest summer in decades. It was arguably even tougher for the students of Tauheedul Islam girls’ high school in Blackburn, who also had...

Guardian, yesterday, 14:12
 

SNP’s bid to generate £5m that sparked major political row

SNP finance minister Derek Mackay announced in his Budget in December that Scotland’s independent schools would no longer receive business rates relief. Private schools benefit from the relief as a result of their charitable status, for which they...

Scotsman, yesterday, 13:37
 
A-level results raise policy questions – but first let's recognise achievement

A-level results raise policy questions – but first let's recognise achievement

We all know coverage of exam results day is fairly formulaic. Pictures of teenagers jumping up in the air clutching pieces of paper, stories about twins with a string of A*s who are now off to Cambridge, and a parade of people trying to explain all...

Guardian, yesterday, 13:08
 

John Swinney told of child left covered in faeces at school

A child with additional support needs (ASN) was left covered in faeces at school as teachers would not help her, a mother has told the Scottish education secretary. The woman, who gave her name as Marie, was taking part in a BBC Radio Scotland...

Scotsman, yesterday, 11:55
 
Better A-level grades than expected? Time for Ucas adjustment

Better A-level grades than expected? Time for Ucas adjustment

Results day shocks aren’t always nasty ones. If you’ve done better than expected, and your grades exceed your firm choice, you can register for Ucas adjustment – which enables you to trade up universities or courses. Your firm place will remain safe...

Guardian, yesterday, 11:16
 
What to do when A-level results day goes wrong

What to do when A-level results day goes wrong

In the summer of 2015 I was looking forward to reading history at Oxford. I had worked so hard and the future was bright. All I needed was three A grades at A-level. Then came results day, and everything fell apart. I got a D in one English exam and...

Guardian, yesterday, 10:33
 
Three ways to secure your university future after A-level disappointment

Three ways to secure your university future after A-level disappointment

If you’re staring at worse-than-expected A-level results, and you’ve missed out on your uni offer, you may feel confused about what to do next – as well as disappointed. The first thing to do is call up your university to check if they’ll still let...

Guardian, yesterday, 10:11
 
A-levels: proportion of students in England getting C or above falls

A-levels: proportion of students in England getting C or above falls

The proportion of students in England gaining C grades or above in A-levels fell back this year, driven by a relatively weaker performance among girls, as schools and students continue to grapple with the introduction of new, more intensive exams. The...

Guardian, yesterday, 09:53
 
Share your reaction and experiences on A-level results day 2018

Share your reaction and experiences on A-level results day 2018

Today has been a long time coming for many A-level students, who have been the first to sit the new linearly structured exams. There have been concerns from parents and students nervously awaiting results nationwide that tougher assessment could mean...

Guardian, yesterday, 08:56
 
Is clearing leaving students feeling anxious and isolated?

Is clearing leaving students feeling anxious and isolated?

When Freya Marshall-Payne checked her A-level results four years ago, she felt crushing disappointment. She had slipped a grade in one subject, jeopardising her place to read history at Oxford. “I completely lost the sense I had of a future,” she...

Guardian, yesterday, 07:54
 
Clearing: how to make sure you get an offer you can’t refuse

Clearing: how to make sure you get an offer you can’t refuse

You probably spent months picking your ideal uni course at the start of sixth form – visiting open days, comparing league tables, talking to current students. Now you’ve been plunged into clearing and have to sift through thousands of courses in what...

Guardian, yesterday, 06:40
 

John Swinney: Scotland can improve education faster without a Bill

As summer draws to a close and our schools return to life, it is hard to believe it was only a few short weeks ago the previous term ended and parliament went in to recess. I hope all of our hardworking teachers and education staff enjoyed some...

Scotsman, yesterday, 06:08
 
Young people 'more sceptical about value of university' – poll

Young people 'more sceptical about value of university' – poll

Young people are becoming more sceptical about the benefits of going to university, despite a large majority saying they want to carry on to higher education, research suggests. The findings coincide with the publication on Thursday of A-level and...

Guardian, yesterday, 01:11
 
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