Treating them as a "baseline" would mean some pupils with exceptional coursework, or who had impressed their teacher in class, could still outperform a poor prelim result - but making individual adjustments on this level could prove just as labour-intensive as wading through thousands of appeals. … [Read more...] about Scottish exam results: What are the options to fix the system?
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'Significant problems'Scottish Conservative education spokesman Jamie Greene said: "Scottish education used to be the envy of the world but under the SNP we have been slipping down the league tables - the SNP government should be pulling out all the stops to find out why. … [Read more...] about Scottish education review delayed ‘due to coronavirus’
Children's Commissioner Anne Longfield called on the government to introduce regular testing for all students and staff in schools; Labour's shadow education secretary Kate Green said she supports getting children back to school in September, but said the government needs to ramp up its track and trace system; New research laid bare the damaging educational impact on pupils who have missed schooling during the lockdown; The coronavirus death toll rose by 55 yesterday, to 46,556, compared to a rise of 74 last Saturday, while 758 new infections were reported, 13 fewer than a week ago; Scientific advisers warned that the UK-wide reproduction rate, R, is between 0.8 and 1.0, the point at which the virus starts spreading exponentially again; Oxford University researchers developing a vaccine were embroiled in an ethics row about whether to deliberately infect human volunteers – and warned that although there was a 50 per cent chance of a jab being available … [Read more...] about Teaching unions try to ‘sabotage’ school reopening plan with ‘impossible list’ of 200 safety demands and insisting classes be held ‘one week on, one week off’
Why we think our exam results were unfairMinister denies deprived pupils were penalisedHow grades were worked out for Scottish pupilsNorth Lanarkshire Council's convener of Education Frank McNally has called for an independent review into what he called "a shambolic mess". … [Read more...] about Coronavirus in Scotland: School pupils protest over SQA exam results
The longtime president has often advocated for closer ties with Russia, which has reflected in his largely successful economic policies. But there have been several disputes with Russia over energy shipments in recent years, and Lukashenko has accused Moscow of interfering with elections, including the one on Sunday. … [Read more...] about Belarus election: Lukashenko wins another term, election commission says