Consultation on New Grade System in England Launched

Qualifications and exams regulator Ofqual (Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) has started a consultation on a new that will use numbers, instead of the current letter practice.

If the new grading system is adopted, GCSEs in England would have grading approach and structure from GCSEs in Wales and Northern Ireland.

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Do You Want to Learn a New Language?

Learning a new language offers a number of advantages and benefits, especially for a young individual still in the process of acquiring knowledge, skills and expertise in a higher education institution. Learning a new language nowadays is not anymore a luxury, but is fast becoming a commodity – since people could better communicate and perform if they know how to express themselves well.

For a student, knowing other languages offers a lot of advantages, especially if he or she is eyeing to have a good career ahead. No matter what career a young person chooses, having knowledge of other languages will be a vital asset, since the workplace is becoming more global each day. Not only that they would be able to work with other people from other parts of the world, they could also take opportunities to pursue a career in places where people speak differently that your native tongue. Knowing how to speak another language could prove to be a lucrative asset.

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Compulsory Language Lessons in England: Many teachers “ill-equipped”

A new research showed that around 23 per cent of primary schools in England had teachers whose highest language qualification was a GCSE, according to a report by BBC News. The results of the research come as all primary schools in the country are expected to provide language lessons to students from seven to 11 years old starting September.

The research suggests that primary schools are increasingly becoming ill-equipped to teach language to their students. According to BBC, the study said many primary schools did “not have access to teaching staff with specialist training in the teaching of languages to young children.”

Around 31 per cent of primary schools had teachers with an A-level in a foreign language while only 30 per cent had staff with a language degree.

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45% of Student Loans Won’t be Repaid Under New System

Replacing the old system with a worse one?

Under a new debt repayment system in England, students could only repay their loans when they are earning at least £21,000 a year. Because of this, the government now says that around 45 per cent of them would not be able to repay their loans, since they would not earn enough to do so.

This means that the government will just have to write off 45 per cent of loans extended to student, under the new system.

This also means that nearly half of future graduates are studying for free, and would not have to worry about paying off what they owe to taxpayers.

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