GCSE Results: Overall Improvement in English & Maths Grades

20 August 2015


According to statistics for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, English and maths GCSE results have improved this year. A* – C grades for maths have increased 0.9 percentage points to 63.3%, whilst ‘good passes’ for GCSE English saw an even greater improvement, rising 3.7 percentage points to 65.4%.

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bksb’s Australian Distributor Visits UK

04 August 2015


bksb’s Australian Distributor visited the UK last week, catching up with all of the company’s forthcoming developments in the process. TAFE Brisbane, which is Australia’s biggest college group, distribute bksb products down under in partnership with bksb’s UK office, and their Literacy and Numeracy Consultant, Kerin Bushell, spent a week with the bksb UK management team.

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AELP Release English & Maths Briefing

03 August 2015


On Thursday (27 July), the Association of Education and Learning Providers (AELP) released a research briefing, outlining their thoughts and views on equivalent English and maths qualifications. The document reiterates AELP’s view that Functional Skills qualifications are valuable and should be viewed as equivalent to A*-C GCSEs, as opposed to a ‘stepping stone’ to GCSE achievement. The AELP also state their desire to help develop the Functional Skills brand in any way they can, and agree with the drive to improve standards.

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