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قديم 2019-08-16, 09:59 AM
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افتراضي Labour plans a shake-up of English university admissions

IT IS, AT first glance, an odd way to do things. Universities in England decide early in the year whether to make offers to applicants, before they have any idea of how well they have done in their school-leaving exams, known as A-levels, which are taken in the summer. Instead, would-be students provide their marks in earlier tests, a “personal statement” boasting of their brilliance and—most controversially—the A-level grades their teachers expect them to get. Universities then make offers that are usually conditional on the student achieving certain grades in the summer. This year’s applicants found out if they had made the cut on August 15th.

They may be among the last to go through the unusual process. This week the Labour Party threw its support behind an alternative system, in which prospective students would apply to university after they had received their grades. Such a move is already backed by the UCU, a trade union for lecturers, and the Sutton Trust, an influential education charity. Universities UK, which represents universities, and the OFS, the higher-education regulator, are also considering reforms.



It is not hard to find flaws in the current system. Evidence suggests teachers over-predict the grades that less well-off pupils will achieve—except when it comes to the cleverest, whom they tend to...
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