GCSE pupils in England outperform those in Wales

theguardian | January 19, 2019

Higher levels of immigration and the distorting effects of league tables may explain why children in England outperform those in Wales at GCSEs, according to research.The study by the Education Policy Institute found children in Wales did as well as or better than their peers in England until the end of primary school. But by the time of GCSEs at the age of 16, those in England were more likely to get grade C or above.The new study says that one difference is that England has more than twice as many pupils from minority ethnic groups, “who tend to perform better at GCSE level”.England’s school-age population has about 30% of pupils from minority ethnic families, compared with just 12% in Wales.The report’s author, Luke Sibieta, said: “There seems little doubt that teenagers in Wales display worse educational outcomes than children in England. However, we also found evidence that younger pupils in Wales perform much better, equalling the literacy levels of pupils in England. It is important that policymakers understand what might be driving the different performance gaps.”

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Income inequality has grown in the last six decades and as of 2015 it has reached its highest level since the Great Depression, according to the latest statistics published by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.1 It has become a constant in recent conversation thanks to Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century, 2 the social justice encyclical by Pope Francis,3 and the heated 2016 Presidential race. What concerns me and many others in the education sector is the degree to which these increasing disparities are eroding education opportunities in the United States. All of us should be concerned about the impact this troubling trend is having on our schools, and the children and teachers in them.

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Income inequality has grown in the last six decades and as of 2015 it has reached its highest level since the Great Depression, according to the latest statistics published by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.1 It has become a constant in recent conversation thanks to Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century, 2 the social justice encyclical by Pope Francis,3 and the heated 2016 Presidential race. What concerns me and many others in the education sector is the degree to which these increasing disparities are eroding education opportunities in the United States. All of us should be concerned about the impact this troubling trend is having on our schools, and the children and teachers in them.

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Elite Education Group International Limited | June 03, 2022

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The MOU is intended to facilitate inter-college exchanges and boost connections between the two institutions. The MOU will be effective for five years but can be cancelled with six-months notice by either Davis College or Anhui Business College. The Agreement between Davis College and Chongqing Technology and Business Institute calls for bilateral exchange activities in the higher education sector. The proposed joint academic program will include 39 courses taught by both schools with dual degrees awarded by both Davis College and Chongqing Technology and Business Institute. The Agreement also designates the development of a three-year degree program in Interior Design to be based at Chongqing Technology and Business Institute. The term of the agreement is five years. Elite Education Group International is intent to have its operated colleges, Davis College and EduGlobal College, become increasingly involved with international cultures in order to offer enhanced globalized learning to its students as well as pathways programs to achieve University degrees. With today's announcement, Davis College is continuing its mission to enter into cross-border education partnerships with international schools to improve the quality of its academic programming, offer students a more global learning experience and to internationalize its student base. A vital component of Elite Education Group International's growth plan is to build cross-border relationships and make strategic acquisitions around the globe to establish Elite Education Group International as a truly international service provider of higher learning. "Our two new arrangements augment our recently announced memorandum with Holy Cross of Davao College of the Philippines and reinforce our commitment to create an international academic experience at Davis College. We believe that the broadened internationalization at Davis College will create academic synergies and deepen our mission to improve our academic quality as well as foster an enriched intercultural educational experience for our students and better prepare them for their future careers." -Diane Brunner, President of Davis College, About Anhui Business College Anhui Business College is a state-run full-time three-year vocational college located in Wuhu, Anhui Province, China subject to the direction of Anhui Provincial Department of Education. The college offers courses that include accounting, finance, business management, electronics and information engineering, arts and design, and humanities and foreign languages. The college employs a creative education model of 'work-integrated learning', emphasizing high quality, high-skilled learning for today's modern world. Over 10,000 students attend Anhui Business College and can choose among 33 majors on its 83 acre campus with a focus on higher vocational education. About Chongqing Technology and Business Institute Chongqing Technology and Business Institute is a full-time college that is subject to the direction of the Chongqing Municipal People's Government and is approved by the Ministry of Education of China. The institute offers courses in its colleges of urban construction engineering, media and design, management, electronic information engineering, accounting and finance, intelligent manufacturing and automotive, and innovative education. The institute promotes innovation and entrepreneurship and has built a student entrepreneurship center. 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