Assessment of pupils' practical science skills will be removed from new GCSEs, under controversial plans unveiled by Ofqual this week. The exams watchdog said its reforms would reinvigorate the hands-on aspect of the subjects by stopping teaching to the test. Instead of practicals counting towards grades, at least 15 per cent of marks from written exam questions in each science GCSE would "draw on students' practical science experience". The Campaign for Science and Engineering said there was a "real danger" that the plans would lead to a "further erosion of practical science experience and skills".
Next stop for the Educating. series: Cardiff
The latest in a series of fly-on-the-wall documentaries filmed in Britain's secondary schools will be set in a Welsh comprehensive. The next Educating. series is being filmed at Willows High School in Cardiff and will be aired on Channel 4 next autumn. Previous documentaries, which featured schools in Essex, Yorkshire and East London, have made household names of teachers and students such as Mr Drew, Mrs Marsden and Musharaf "Mushy" Asghar.
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