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New programme encourages children into film industry

The education programme is supported by the British Film Institute Credit: PA

A new education programme which hopes to encourage young people towards a career in the film industry has been launched by education charity 'Into Film.'

Supported by the British Film Institute and the Film Agency for Wales, the programme will provide opportunities for children and young people to engage with film both critically and creatively.

It's also hoped the programme will boost literacy and increase opportunities for young people to engage with the Welsh language through film.

It's part of a UK wide programme to improve film learning for 15-19 year olds.

The CEO of Into Film Paul Reeve, predicts half of Welsh schools will have an Into Film club by the end of 2015.

He says,

"Film is the richest of educational resources: because of its extraordinary production values in which art, science and technology meet."

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WJEC offers to show schools 10% of marked GCSE English Language papers free of charge

WJEC has sent a letter to schools offering to show them papers from January's GCSE English Language exam for 10% of pupils free of charge.

A small number of papers are being re-marked, because of inconsistency by one examiner - but WJEC said the vast majority were marked correctly.

Thousands of pupils got lower grades than they had expected

The board said the move would be an opportunity to "illustrate" marks and grades awarded.

More: WJEC defends marking of GCSE English exams

Brecon High School placed in special measures

Brecon High School has been placed in special measures, after the education watchdog judged it had not made enough progress on "important weaknesses" at the school.

Estyn visited the school in February and found continued problems with GCSE results, attendance, marking and management at the school.

Inspectors will now monitor Brecon High every term.

Estyn judged Brecon High School to have made 'insufficient progress' since it was inspected in 2012. Credit: Google Street View

Chair of Governors, Councillor David Meredith, said the school "has already drawn up an action plan to ensure that Estyn’s concerns are addressed as a matter of urgency. The school has had a difficult history in recent years, and I am confident that this is now firmly behind us."

Another Powys secondary school - John Beddoes in Presteigne - was placed in special measures in December 2012, and will soon be closed.

Estyn says that, around Wales, there are currently eight primary schools, eight secondary schools and five pupil referral units in special measures.

Degree study for footballers at Wrexham FC

Glyndwr University and Wrexham FC will form the Glyndwr Wrexham Football Academy (GWFA). Credit: Glyndwr University

A project which gives footballers the opportunity to gain a degree at Glyndwr University while playing for Wrexham FC launches today.

With the backing of the Professional Football Association (PFA) and support from the League Football Education (LFE), the scheme will provide a unique educational strategy for up to 24 players released from their clubs within the Premier League and football league structure

Ambassadors of the scheme include Michael Owen, an Honorary Fellow of Glyndwr University. The other ambassadors are Premier League stars Aaron Ramsay and Neil Taylor.

As well as offering footballers the chance to obtain a higher education qualification, it's hoped the scheme will also dispel myths surrounding the profession.

Left to right are Anna Marie Brown, Michael Owen and Lee Jones at Glyndwr University Credit: Glyndwr Univeristy

WJEC defends marking of GCSE English exams

by Tom Sheldrick

Welsh exam board the WJEC has defended its marking of January's new GCSE English language exams - after thousands of pupils got lower grades than they'd expected.

A small number of papers are being remarked, because of inconsistency by one examiner - but the WJEC said the vast majority were marked correctly.

Opposition parties in the Senedd have this afternoon argued that there are still no anwers for pupils, parents or teachers over what's behind the shock low grades.

We have been taking a closer look at January's exam papers, to try to find out.

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Welsh Govt: WJEC findings 'just one part of the picture'

The Welsh Government says it will "consider" the findings of the WJEC internal report.

In broad terms WJEC consider that their examiners marked question papers correctly and accurately, however this is just one part of the picture and there are other, wider issues that we still need to investigate.

We are doing this through the Rapid Fact Finding Exercise that we are conducting. The review is now well underway and will be rigorous in its approach.

It will identify factors underlying the results and put in place appropriate actions to support schools as they prepare learners for the June assessments.

– Welsh Government spokesperson

More: 318 English Language GCSE papers to be re-marked

318 English Language GCSE papers to be re-marked

The WJEC says the number of papers due to be re-marked amounts to less than 1% of the total number marked overall.

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WJEC says 318 papers have been remarked due to one inconsistent examiner, which is less than 1% of total papers marked

The Welsh Conservatives have hit out at the findings, saying they "fail to explain" low results received by pupils.

“Students, teachers and parents remain in the dark about how many exam papers will be remarked and how their overall grades will be affected" said Shadow Minister for Education Angela Burns AM.

“It remains extraordinary that so many pupils have ended up with results several grades below what they had been predicted and that WJEC and Welsh Government modelling didn’t foresee this fiasco and issue warnings accordingly."

More: WJEC will re-mark some GCSE English Language papers

WJEC will re-mark some GCSE English Language papers

The WJEC exam board has confirmed it will re-mark some of the new GCSE English Language exam papers after carrying out a review.

It said a single examiner was responsible for marking the papers in question.

In that one case, there are indications that the examiner's marking was slightly inconsistent, and although there are no sizeable disparities identified WJEC is undertaking a full re-mark of this examiner's work. The centres whose candidates' work was marked by this examiner have already been informed.

The internal review also identified an error in adding up the total marks on two candidate’s papers, which WJEC has since corrected and communicated to the relevant centres.

– WJEC spokesperson

More: Union presents GCSE grades evidence from 100 schools

The board said the review had found most examiners marked "correctly and accurately in line with the mark scheme" approved in November 2012.

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