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  1. How scared should students be of tests?

    1 May 2012

    Does exam stress help boost students’ performance or cause more harm than good? Psychologist Dave Putwain of Edge Hill University considers the evidence.

  2. Social media and student recruitment

    20 April 2012

    Facebook and Twitter aren’t all about posting holiday snaps and telling the world what you had for breakfast. Paul Govey at the University of Manchester found much more constructive uses of social media in sharing information with potential students.

  3. Public perceptions of reliability

    Suzanne Chamberlain

    This report forms part of Ofqual’s Reliability of Results two-year research programme (Strand 3: ‘Public Perceptions of Reliability’)....

  4. Taking ‘O’ level GCE examinations: the strategies employed by candidates and their teachers

    John Francis

    It is taken for granted that allowing a choice of questions in an examination question paper is desirable. Question choice allows teachers the freedom to prepare their candidates on those aspects of the syllabus that are most appropriate to the interests and strengths of both teacher and students....

  5. Sex differences in GCE examination entry statistics and success rates

    Roger Murphy

    The General Certificate of Education (GCE) ‘O’ and ‘A’ level examinations were first introduced in 1951....

  6. Students' views of stretch and challenge in A-level examinations

    Jo-Anne Baird, Suzanne Chamberlain, Michelle Meadows, Lucy Royal-Dawson and Rachel Taylor

    Claims that A-levels do not stretch the brightest students have dogged the education system in England in recent years. Part of the Government response to this has been to introduce a policy of ‘stretch and challenge’, which features different question styles in new A-level examination papers....

  7. We are researchers- child-led research: children's voice and educational value

    Victoria Spalding

    This paper presents the findings from a pilot study conducted in an English community primary school with 10 and 11 year-old pupils (Year 6), where six child-led research projects were facilitated during a five-week teaching programme....

  8. Children as researchers

    15 May 2012

    Are children capable of carrying out useful, meaningful research? Mary Kellett, of the Open University’s Children’s Research Centre, looks at how such projects can give voice to issues that adults may not understand or even be aware of.