Careers advice ‘lottery’ needs overhaul, says National Careers Council (HR Magazine)
A report by the National Careers Council highlights the ‘postcode lottery’ in current provision and makes four key recommendations, including free and/or subsidised access to impartial careers advice for school and colleges. HR Magazine takes up the story here.
Changes to GCSEs may cut number of students receiving top grades (Guardian)
In an article in the Guardian, it is revealed that the new revamped GCSEs, to be introduced summer 2017, will result in a drop in the number of students receiving the equivalent of an A*. Under the new 9-1 point grading system, only the top 20% of those who get grade 7 (equivalent to a current A) and above will get a grade 9.
UCAS website publishes final daily clearing analysis (www.ucas.com)
A useful analysis, showing a significant rise in overall university placements, has been published on the UCAS website according to statistics taken 15 days after A level results day. The data also highlights a ‘good’ year for clearing with over 39,000 successful placements to date.
UK shifts to graduate economy but concerns exist over skills gap (BBC)
The BBC reports that the UK has passed a significant milestone towards becoming a graduate economy, with more people now likely to have a degree than to have only reached school-level qualifications. But it also highlights a disparity between the rising graduate numbers and weaknesses in core skills such as reading and writing.