Changes That You Should Know About This Years A-Level Qualifications

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Thousands of teenagers across England, Wales and Northern Ireland are receiving their A-and AS-level results today. But, in England, there have been changes to this year’s A-level qualifications – the BBC News website sets out the changes.


What is different about this year’s A-levels in England?

Under the new system, students sit all A-level exams at the end of two years of study, instead of taking modular exams throughout the course.

AS-level results no longer count towards A-level grades. No subject will have more than a 20% coursework component and most courses will be assessed entirely through exams.

Resits will still be available, but January exams will be scrapped, so students will have to wait until May/June of the following year for a chance to improve their grades.


Why was this change brought in?

The change was brought in by the former Education Secretary Michael Govewith, the intention of making the exams more “fit for purpose” – or harder.

The new AS- and A-levels syllabuses have been phased in across schools in England from September 2015.

The DfE says: “The content for the new A-levels has been reviewed and updated. Universities played a greater role in this for the new qualifications than they did previously.”


What is happening to AS-levels?

The AS-level is being decoupled from the A-level, which means it operates as a stand-alone qualification and the results do not count towards A-level grades – although in Wales and Northern Ireland, they will still count towards an overall A-level mark.

Provisional figures from the Department for Education show that the number of entries for AS subjects has fallen by 42% this summer.

Association of School and College Leaders general secretary Geoff Barton said it “sounded the death knell for AS-levels”.

“The great benefit of the old system was that it gave students a broader range of knowledge and allowed them to keep their options open for longer,” he said.

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“The decision to decouple these qualifications was an entirely unnecessary reform, which is narrowing the curriculum and reducing student choice.”


Which subjects are being phased in when?

This year, new A-level qualifications were taken in:

  • art and design
  • biology
  • business
  • chemistry
  • computer science
  • economics
  • English language
  • English language and literature
  • English literature
  • history
  • physics
  • psychology
  • sociology

Next summer, candidates will sit the new A-level qualifications in the following subjects:

ancient languages (classical Greek, Latin)

  • dance
  • drama and theatre
  • geography
  • modern foreign languages (French, German, Spanish)
  • music
  • physical education
  • religious studies

In the summer of 2019, new exams will be sat in:

  • accounting
  • ancient history
  • ancient languages (biblical Hebrew A-level only)
  • classical civilisation
  • design and technology
  • electronics
  • environmental science
  • film studies
  • further mathematics
  • geology
  • government and politics
  • history of art (A-level only)
  • law
  • mathematics
  • media studies
  • modern foreign languages (Arabic, Bengali, Gujarati, Greek, Japanese, modern Hebrew, Panjabi, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Turkish, Urdu)
  • modern foreign languages (Chinese, Italian, Russian)
  • music technology
  • philosophy
  • statistics

Read on: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-40946785

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Louis Farrakhan “I See The Birth Of A New JAY-Z”.

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JAY-Z’s critically acclaimed 4:44 album was praised for its themes relating to black economic responsibility. According to a recent video from Minister Louis Farrakhan, Hov is becoming something greater.

“I said, ‘Boy this man to me is becoming a leader in the economic development of our [black] people’,” Farrakhan said after reciting a line from the 4:44 track Feud “Family Feud.”

Farrakhah explains his grandchildren played him the No I.D.-exclusively produced album.

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“When I heard it I was sad, so I said, ‘I have to reach out to my brother’ because he was talking about people wanting to kill him or people desiring to harm him,” Farrakhan said in reference to “Kill Jay-Z.” “I saw death too, but I never saw death for this great brother from somebody harming him. So I called him and said to him, ‘Brother, I see death too.’ I see the death of JAY-Z of old and I see the birth of a new JAY-Z.”

From the Nation of Islam leader’s perspective, the messages of 4:44 could mean a change in the right direction.

“In order to do great things, we’ve got to learn the value of pooling our intelligence, our knowledge, our money, to do the thing that will cause us to be honored and respected by civilized people all over the world,” he said. “So I saw JAY-Z’s album as a new beginning for him, and possibly a new beginning for us.”

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Check Out This New Video Release From Subject99 – 9th Temple ft Hope Opaiq, Kingkaz, Menvu & Dr Quest

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Schooling the masses and tapping into quantum mechanics, Subject99 releases 2nd viral video titled 9th Temple from their forthcoming mixtape “The Temple” featuring Hope Opaiq, KingKaz, Menvu and Dr Quest.

Hip Hop is dead, and I suppose that’s the foundation on which Subject99 stands. In a age of mediocre and non stimulating or educative rap music, Subject99 changes the game with elements of old school positive rhymes and new age vibe. 9th temple emphasises on self justification and the role of the “9 code” , in unlocking the key to the universe.  Get lifted, Check it out !!!!

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President Barack Obama Has Officially Announced That June 2016 is “African-American Music Appreciation Month

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President Barack Obama has officially announced that June 2016 is “African-American Music Appreciation Month,” an initiative that actually started back in 1979 during Jimmy Carter’s presidency.President Carter initially declared June “Black Music Month” but President Obama changed the name when he came into office and has been an advocate for it ever since.

Obama, who is a noted Kendrick Lamar fan, is calling upon all public officials, educators and the people of the U.S.A to observe this month with appropriate activities and programs that raise awareness and appreciation of music that is composed, performed and arranged by African Americans.

An excerpt from the Presidential Proclamation reads:

This month, we celebrate the music that reminds us that our growth as a Nation and as people is reflected in our capacity to create great works of art. Let us recognize the performers behind this incredible music, which has compelled us to stand up — to dance, to express our faith through song, to march against injustice, and to defend our country’s enduring promise of freedom and opportunity for all.

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Ofsted’s Chief Inspector Has Said Thousands Of Children Are Taught In ‘Illegal Schools’ Run By Faith Groups, Across London

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Thousands of children are being taught in unregistered schools across England, many more than previously thought, Ofsted’s chief inspector has said.

Sir Michael Wilshaw said a crackdown had found more than 100 suspected illegal schools – half of which were faith-based, Ofsted said.

Roughly a third of them were Islamic and a sixth either Christian or Jewish.

Seven warning notices have been issued to schools in London, Wolverhampton, Birmingham, Luton and Staffordshire.

Any school offering 20 hours of lessons a week must be registered.

‘Homophobic literature’

Unregistered schools are those that operate outside the supervision of the Department for Education, local authorities or Ofsted inspections.

They are often run by faith groups and there are concerns about the safety of pupils in their charge.

In a letter to Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, Sir Michael said his team of seven experienced inspectors, working closely with DfE officials, had identified more than 100 suspected unregistered schools across the country since January.

“The evidence they have gathered so far during this short period firmly reinforces my belief that there are many more children hidden away from the view of the authorities in unregistered schools across the country than previously thought,” he said.

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Image captionSir Michael said these schools were operating on the cusp of the law

In the past month alone, seven unregistered schools with more than 400 children had been identified, Sir Michael told BBC Radio 4’s PM programme.

He said his inspectors found schools operating in warehouses and old factory buildings, and the establishments were “often charging parents for the privilege”.

He said the children were in “very serious danger” and not just from the “filthy” premises, with open drains running through some of them.

“If the people in these institutions are not carefully vetted and they are not, then the wrong sort of people could be looking after these children,” he said.

“And they could be associating with people who have extremist views.”

Sir Michael added: “These children are not being educated well, the curriculum is being narrowed, often only religion being taught, homophobic literature being found.”

‘Disapprove’

These schools were using the freedom of parents to home educate their children as a cover for their activities, he said.

“I think the rules around home education need to be tightened,” he said.

“There is a correlation between the growth of home education and the number of illegal schools that are now operating.”

He called on local authorities, who he emphasised “are charged with the responsibility of safeguarding all children whether they go to a local authority school or academy or free school”, to show vigilance and share intelligence.

Many of these schools are charging parents thousands of pounds, Sir Michael said.

Talking about the religious schools in particular, he said parents were sending their children because they were not satisfied with mainstream education “because music, for example, could be taught or creative subjects which they disapprove of”.

“And some religious leaders are encouraging their parents to do this – some leaders in the Muslim community and the Jewish community are doing it”.

‘Fragmented system’

A Department for Education spokesman said nothing was more important than keeping children safe, adding that councils have clear powers to take action where there are concerns.

“We have given new resources to Ofsted to investigate unregistered schools and to prepare case files for prosecution by the CPS.

“We have consulted on new measures to protect children in out of school settings offering intensive education. We received a large number of responses, which we are now considering, and will make a further announcement in due course.”

Shadow education secretary Lucy Powell accused the government of being “asleep at the wheel” and allowing extremely worrying and potentially dangerous practices to evolve in the schools system.

“The Tories’ education policy has led to a fragmented schools system lacking robust local oversight to spot and tackle serious problems early on.

“As a result, many children are dropping off the radar or ending up in illegal, unregistered schools for months or years, where they are at risk of being exposed to harm, exploitation, or the influence of extremist ideologies.”

A spokesman for children’s charity NSPCC said: “When picking these institutions, some parents might not know that such ‘schools’ are unregistered and employees haven’t had the proper background checks or safeguarding training and are unaware of the risks these pose to their children.

“It’s vital that every individual who works with children passes these checks to help keep every child safe.”

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35928801

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UNICEF Study Shows That UK Is Failing To Improve The Well-Being Of Children From Poor Backgrounds.

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The Government is reprimanded for its record on helping disadvantaged children eat healthily, exercise and learn.

The UK is failing to improve the well-being of children from poor backgrounds, according to a damning study by UNICEF.

When it comes to healthy eating, the gap between rich and poor is so big that Britain came last.

The UK was also near the bottom on physical activity, while in education the UK ranked 25th out of 37 countries.

British children from disadvantaged backgrounds are now lagging behind Slovenia, Poland and Romania for their ability in reading, maths and science.

UNICEF UK’s Lily Caprani said: “We must be more ambitious for our children. Britain can and must do better.

“What really stands out for the UK is that children who are at the very bottom of the income distribution, so those with the most disadvantages, are doing particularly badly when it come to things like healthy eating, because we are really slipping behind other nations.

“Income inequality is very, very big and growing.

“For those children in the most disadvantaged households, if it wasn’t for things like tax credits to protect their incomes, we’d actually see the biggest levels of inequality in the entire industrialised world.”

Paul Gilling is a PE teacher at a primary school in Newham, East London, where a quarter of children receive free school meals.

He said the challenges there were typical of many poorer communities in the UK.

“The diet of the children is quite poor – high sugar foods, high fat foods, are easy to buy. The children come to PE overweight, or with high BMI index.

“Parents are worried about letting their children out to play by themselves, they are worried about stranger danger. Or they can’t participate in sport because they need to go and do religious studies after school, or their parents are working.”

Children’s groups said the Government needed to do more to address inequality for poor pupils in the UK.

Matthew Reed, chief executive of The Children’s Society, said: “It’s time we renewed the fight against child poverty in Britain and the Government could make a good start by abandoning its planned four-year benefits freeze, which will make life harder for millions of children.”

The Government said its policies were helping to lift children out of poverty.

A spokesman said: “We’re working to eliminate child poverty and improving life chances for children and there are now 300,000 fewer children in poverty.

“We know there’s more we can do and that’s why we’ve introduced the National Living Wage, which is increasing the incomes of the lowest paid.

“All infant pupils can now get free school meals – meaning 1.3 million more children get a nutritious free meal at lunchtime, saving families hundreds of pounds.”

Source: http://news.sky.com/story/1678269/un-study-finds-uk-is-failing-poorer-children

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Survey By Teaching Union NASUWT Revels: Teachers Have Caught Pupils As Young As Seven, Using Social Media To Share Sexual Messages And Pictures.

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Teachers have caught children as young as seven sexting with more than half of those surveyed reported that pupils are using social media to share sexual messages and pictures.

The survey by teaching union NASUWT revealed 63% of teachers surveyed said they were aware of 14-year-olds sexting, while 45% said those involved were aged 13.

A handful of teachers said pupils aged seven, eight, and nine sent messages of a sexual nature.

More than half of those quizzed said they were aware of pupils using social media to bully their peers or send messages of a sexist or racist nature.

The “devastating” impact of social media on the classroom is also affecting teachers, the survey revealed.

Half of those surveyed revealed that they had discovered negative or abusive comments about them online from both pupils and parents including being falsely called a paedophile and receiving rape threats.

Others complained of doctored images of themselves being shared on social media including one to make them look like Islamic State ringleader Jihadi John.

Almost one-third (31%) saw a photo or video of them taken without consent, while almost one-tenth (9%) experienced threatening behaviour.

Chris Keates, general secretary of NASUWT, said that the survey has been running for three years and the situation has deteriorated.

Online abuse has a devastating impact on teachers’ and pupils’ lives and yet no serious action is taken by Government to ensure that schools are responding appropriately to this abuse.There are still too many cases where no appropriate action is taken when abuse is reported to headteachers, the police or the social networks themselves. The level of abuse that teachers are suffering at the hands of parents online is simply unacceptable.

How can pupils be expected to use social media sensibly and safely when parents are using it inappropriately? Online abuse is traumatic and potentially life changing. Victims need strong support through a zero-tolerance approach.

Chris Keates, general secretary of NASUWT

Teachers surveyed said they had received abuse from pupils and parents on social media. PA

Examples of offensive comments from pupils, and parents, shared online include:

  • A fake Twitter account set up by pupils describing the teacher as a wife beater
  • A song posted by pupils which suggested their teacher had an affair at school
  • A Facebook group set up by pupils specifically to mock the teacher’s appearance
  • Multiple threats from parents to “knock out” or “sort out” the teacher
  • A comment that the teacher was “unsuitable to work with children and deserved the sack”, engaging in a campaign with other parents to try to make it happen.

Some 60% of NASUWT members surveys said that pupils had used Facebook to get in contact with them and 15% had received a message from Twitter from a student.

One-third of teachers said they did not report the personal abuse, with half of them saying they feared nothing could be done.

A spokesperson for the Department of Education urged teachers to report online abuse and threats.

Young people and teachers should be able to take advantage of the vast potential that the internet and social media offers to their lives and education. But they also have a right to feel safe. We want to make sure young people are aware of the risks and dangers – including sending inappropriate images.That’s why schools should deliver high quality PSHE (personal, social, health and economic) which is an important opportunity to teach young people about how to stay safe and avoid risks. To support schools to do that we have funded and produced a range of guidance and support on issues ranging from consent to internet safety.

The law is also crystal clear that where teachers find indecent images of children they must report this to the police. No teacher should be subjected to abuse or threatened online. Where teachers are, we would urge them to report it to the relevant authority so the appropriate action can be taken.

Spokesperson for Department for Education

Source: http://stv.tv/news/uk/1347783-children-as-young-as-seven-caught-sexting-research-finds/

 

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