External review of core school subjects

A FULL-SCALE external review of how English, maths and science are taught in primary and secondary schools has been announced by the Education department today.

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A FULL-SCALE external review of how English, maths and science are taught in primary and secondary schools has been announced by the Education department today.

All three core subjects will come under the microscope of UK-based specialist reviewers as part of an ‘ongoing drive to raise standards and close the gap between the highest and lowest-performing schools’.

It comes after schools published a breakdown of examination results online, which show an overall fall in GCSE English results in Jersey after grade boundaries for the subject were changed between January and June.

Some Jersey schools were disproportionately affected by the controversy, which saw the proportion of students achieving an A* to C grade in English fall by 1.5% nationally.

According to the Education department, Jersey’s selective education system was to blame for some schools performing worse in English and students expecting a crucial C grade were worst affected, with a number being downgraded to a D.

Comments for: "External review of core school subjects"

Bo

Would this be down to text talk??

But there again hardly surprising when some of the parents don't even have English as their first language, let alone speak or understand it

mallouin

Ah yes the wonderous UK experts,well why not isn't their education system the best in the world? Let's not look to Finland,Singapore or anywhere else because I guess they wouldn't understand us,oh but they do.Whilst it's to be applauded in principle it is so narrow as to be almost pointless.Look to the world for the best the UK is not a good model.

Mjolnir de Jeriaise

It is completely ludicrous to blame the selective Hautlieu system for the apparent drop in GCSE grades. Firstly, education should not be treated as a league championship; it should be about providing the best educational opportunities for each individual child. In the case of high ability children, who are keen to learn and achieve academic success, why should they be kept at secondary schools, in large noisy classes full of kids who are not interested. That would not be fair. This issue is obviously going to be exploited, yet again, by the educational communists who wish to get rid of Hautlieu and bundle everyone into comprehensives. Can't you see that the comprehensive system, in the UK, has failed? If you wish to raise GCSE grades in the secondary schools, then consider raising teaching standards; perhaps Jersey should also stop flooding the secondary schools with children who can't speak English. Leave Hautlieu alone!

Thirtysomething

I agree.

If anything, the "selective education system" would have limited the fall in grades.

After all, giving the less academically able pupils in the "feeder" schools better opportunities by removing a fifth of the numbers is a good thing.

How good would the results be in Jersey if those struggling to get decent grades had even more distractions and larger class sizes?

wendy

Low maths standards all to do with the teachers - let's keep knocking the people who are trying their level best to help the students. Of course, if parents could be bothered to help their kids learn the basics of times tables and number bonds etc. perhaps things would improve. But my should parents teach their kids anything (including manners and discipline) isn't that what schools are for?