A-Level results day

The proportion of A-levels awarded top grades has fallen for the second year amid a rise in students taking science and maths, official figures show.

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Teachers warn against A-level reform

Nansi Ellis, head of education policy at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, said after A-level results were revealed today:

We are worried about the Government's plans for new look A-levels.

We hope the Government rethinks its plans to return to a system of A-levels that only benefited an elite group of students who did well with an intensive regime culminating in one set of final course exams.

We think the current system, with AS-levels as the first half of an A-level, is better for the vast majority of students.

– Nansi Ellis
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10% of students spend under £10 a week on food

10 per cent of students spend under £10 a week on food Credit: PA Wire

Ten per cent of students spend less £10 a week on food, according to a new survey.

The survey carried out by Student Beans.com for ITV News, found that 36 per cent of students have debts of more than £25,000.

Thousands of 18-year-olds are will receive the results of their A-level exams tomorrow morning which could determine whether they go to university.

NUT: 'Continued high achievement of students'

Today’s results demonstrate the continued high achievement of students and the hard work of their teachers, irrespective of shifting goalposts and the many unfounded attempts to discredit the qualification.

It is however 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.

The system should work to the advantage of these students, too, many of whom have considerable potential which should be nurtured.

Having taken youth unemployment over the 1 million mark, failed to protect the Educational Maintenance Allowance and greatly diminished careers advice services, it is hard to see what answers this Government is giving disadvantaged young people.

This lack of strategy is baffling particularly given the policy to increase the participation age in education to 18."

– Andy Woolley, South West Regional Secretary, National Union of Teachers

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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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