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NUT: Education reforms will hurt disadvantaged pupils

Britain's biggest teachers' union said Government education reforms will harm the prospects of disadvantaged students in the future.

After A-level results were revealed today, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, said:

Today’s results demonstrate the continued high achievement of students and the hard work of their teachers.

It is likely that in future years, as a result of the decoupling of AS-Levels from A-Levels as well as end to modularity, fewer disadvantaged students will continue in education.

A-Levels are just one qualification in an overly complicated 14-19 education landscape, where there is a lack of parity of esteem between different types of qualification.

If A-Levels are the ‘gold standard’, then let us make our way towards a system in which vocational qualifications are afforded equal respect.

– Christine Blower, NUT

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Bruton School's A Level results 'really fabulous'

More than 88% of girls at Bruton School in Somerset achieved A Level grades between A* and C.

The girls have worked so hard throughout the year and have been such fun to teach.

I am delighted that they have achieved the grades they need to further their education and the majority will go on to study at the University of their choice.”

– Fiona Donaldson, Head of Sixth Form.

I could not be happier with the results achieved this year; especially as this is my first year as headmistress at the school.

I am passionate about education and we are constantly looking at new ways to instil excellence in everything we do – these outstanding results show we are going from strength to strength and I am especially looking forward to the new academic year with our newly remodelled Sixth Form centre."

– Nicola Botterill, Headmistress.

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A-level subject gender gap 'worrying'

A teaching leader said he was "worried" about the huge variance in subjects chosen by girls and boys in their A-levels.

Brian Lightman, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said teachers should challenge stereotypical views:

We need, as teachers, to try and raise awareness of these stereotypical views that occur.

But it's a societal thing as well; in wider society we need to try and break those stereotypical models. We need to show role models of people who are doing different things.

– Brian Lightman
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A-level subject choice gender gap 'widens'

The latest A-level results showed there were huge gender differences in pupils' choices in subject, with officials saying the gap has "extenuated" this year.

Girls were more likely to take subjects such as English Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

For instance, girls accounted for more than seven in 10 entries for English exams, while four in every five physics exam entries were for boys.

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