Schools will reject requirement to teach EBacc to all (BBC)
Many head teachers in England will refuse to make all pupils study five traditional GCSE subjects, a director of a prominent education body SSAT has said, reported by the BBC. Bill Watkin, operational director, said many heads felt the EBacc was not appropriate for all youngsters. It comes as Nicky Morgan confirmed pupils would have to study the EBacc from September.
Record number of Scottish school leavers arrive in ‘positive destinations’ (TES)
A record proportion of Scottish school leavers are finding jobs, training or continuing in education, according to official figures published today. The statistics show that those reaching “positive destinations” jumped from 90.4 per cent to 91.7 per cent in a year. The proportion of looked-after children in positive destinations rose from 67 per cent to 73 per cent in two years. More in the TES.
Lord Baker’s UTC project celebrates first Outstanding from Ofsted (FE Week)
Former Education Secretary Lord Baker is celebrating the first outstanding grade from Ofsted for his university technical college (UTC) project with a glowing inspection report for UTC Reading. The report on the UTC, which specialises in science and engineering for 14 to 19-year-olds got grade one ratings across the six headline fields. The full details are reported in FE Week.
Which industries are most likely to demand a 2.1 or better (HECSU)
In an interesting post on the HECSU website, Charlie Ball’s Labour Market Blog takes a look at research carried out on the importance of obtaining a 2.1 to access the different industry sectors. The research finds that publishing was the hardest industry to get into without the all-important 2.1, with accountancy and law following closing behind.