Universities should give offers after results day, says study

The Guardian | January 14, 2019

School leavers should apply to universities only after seeing their A-level results, a move that would end the controversial use of unconditional offers, in a major reform of the current system, according to a report backed by university staff.Changes to the timing of the academic year and greater support for school-leavers could also form part part of the reforms, according to the report.The move would end the uncertainties and perverse outcomes that bedevil the current system, including bias in favour of independent school applicants, according to the report’s backers.The reforms, backed by the Universities and College Union, would see school-leavers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland apply for courses after seeing the results of their A-level and BTec exams or other qualifications, rather than applying months beforehand, as is currently the case.Angela Nartey, a UCU policy officer and co-author of the report, said: “The current system simply isn’t fit for purpose. It was designed in the 1960s, when only about 5% of school-leavers went on to study at university, and there’s an urgent need for reform and greater transparency.”

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We speak with Nick Benoit of SMART Technologies at this year's Future School's expo to see what is new in classroom interactive display technology.

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