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Teaching union commends GCSE results despite 'upheaval'

The country's largest teaching union say that yearly variations on grades is a result of government policy rather than a reflection of pupils' ability.

The NASUWT criticised changes to exam structures as students across the country found out how they had done in their GCSEs.

This year’s GCSE exam entrants have had to cope with a raft of rushed through and ill-conceived changes to the qualifications system and so today’s results are especially commendable. Congratulations must go to teachers and pupils for navigating through this difficult period of upheaval.

The reality is that despite a campaign of calculated denigration of the GCSE qualification perpetuated by the Coalition Government, there was never any evidence to justify the destabilising changes that teachers and pupils have had to face.

It is becoming increasingly challenging for parents and the public to interpret and compare results year on year, but perhaps this is the Coalition Government’s intention.

It is particularly important given the changes to study the results in more detail to draw meaningful conclusions. Any variations in grades this year appear to be the result of reforms in the system, and not a reflection on the ability of pupils or the quality of teaching.

– Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT

Read more: GCSE results see increase in A*-C grades


Roy 'Chubby' Brown caught reading while driving

Veteran comic Roy 'Chubby' Brown has been fined after being caught on camera reading a newspaper while driving.


The 69-year-old, from East Harlsey near Northallerton, was fined £30 by Northallerton Magistrates on 20 August 2014 and received four points on his licence. He was also ordered to pay costs of £40 and a victim surcharge of £20

This is another case where our mobile safety cameras have proved that they are not just about speed, demonstrating that we have the technology to capture all manner of offences which put road users at risk. Motorists must give the road their full attention as a few seconds’ lapse in concentration can have catastrophic consequences, literally meaning the difference between life and death.

– Dave Brown, North Yorkshire Police

Doncaster Rovers appoint near Chairman and President

Doncaster Rovers have announced that that David Blunt and Dick Watson have officially been named as Chairman and President of the Club respectively.

Dick Watson first joined the club’s board of directors in2006 and along with Terry Bramall has played an instrumental part in the success of Doncaster Rovers during the past eight years.

David Blunt joined Doncaster Rovers in 2010 and has a long history of working with both Terry and Dick from his successful reign as Chief Executive at Keepmoat.

Roads heaving ahead of Waddington fly past

Two Lancaster bombers have touched down at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire.

The PA474 flight by Battle of Britian Memorial and the FM213 flown by the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum will be at the airbase on show with a delta wing Vulcan Bomber.


Roads at a standstill just now at RAF Waddington/surrounding areas. Please avoid,all parking areas full and closed.


ITV Calendar reporter Adam Fowler reports that both the historical bombers have landed:


Wildie signs for Dewsbury Rams

Championship club Dewsbury have signed Wakefield hooker or half-back Matty Wildie on a 12-month deal for 2015.

Wildie signs for Dewsbury Rams
Wildie signs for Dewsbury Rams Credit: Press Association

The 23-year-old Wildie has made 36 Super League appearances for the Wildcats since making his debut for them in 2010.

Matty is a great signing for the club. He really adds to our options at hooker and half-back and I am confident that he is a player who can take us forward next season.

– Glenn Morrison, Rams coach

Body recovered from sea at Skegness

The body of a man has been recovered from the sea at Skegness.

The body was discovered by a wind turbine maintenance crew over four miles out from shore around 1.30pm on Wednesday 20 August.

It was recovered by the RNLI lifeboat and a post-mortem examination will take place in due course. The death is being treated as unexplained until that examination has taken place.

Police believe they know the identity of the man and his family have been notified but a formal identification has not yet taken place.

Rail union blasts crime figures as 'truly shocking'

Rail workers' union the RMT have blasted crime figures released today.

Violent crime increased by 9.5 per cent on rail routes in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

These are truly shocking figures which just illustrate the complacency over the safety of the travelling the public which is endemic amongst the train companies, the regulators and the politicians.

The 20 per cent increase in sexual offences on the railways should force an immediate halt to the on-going programme to remove guards from our trains and the Government-endorsed plans to close ticket offices and de-staff stations. Clearly we need more staff in public view, across the network, to deter the criminals and halt this appalling surge in attacks on women.

The cuts to jobs and services have to be reversed if we are to stop our transport services from descending deeper into the kinds of criminals’ paradise that is exposed in these horrific new statistics.

– Mick Cash, RMT Acting General Secretary,
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