“Massive memory test” preventing Bar students from understanding ethical values – Legal Futures

‘Bar students are struggling to understand ethical values because of the “massive memory test” awaiting them in the examination room, a senior lecturer has claimed.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd June 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Government lawyers discriminated against autistic student with training contract test, EAT rules – Legal Futures

Posted May 8th, 2017 in autism, disability discrimination, examinations, news by sally

‘The Government Legal Service (GLS) discriminated against a law graduate with Asperger’s Syndrome by refusing to make reasonable adjustments when she took a test that forms part of the application process for training contracts, the Employment Appeal Tribunal has found.’

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Legal Futures, 8th May 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Super exam reaction: Profession calls for ‘clarity’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 26th, 2017 in examinations, news, solicitors, Solicitors Regulation Authority by sally

‘The profession has given a mixed response to the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s plans to introduce a single qualifying assessment for would-be solicitors and called on the regulator to ensure the new regime maintains high standards.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 25th April 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

SRA to introduce Solicitors Qualifying Examination in 2020 – Local Government Lawyer

Posted April 26th, 2017 in examinations, news, solicitors, Solicitors Regulation Authority by sally

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority is to press ahead with the introduction of the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE), which will replace the current system of qualification in September 2020.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 25th April 2017

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Student accused of ETS fraud found to have been unlawfully detained – Free Movement

Posted March 15th, 2017 in detention, examinations, fraud, immigration, judicial review, news, notification by tracey

‘In R (on the application of Iqbal) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] EWHC 79 (Admin) the Secretary of State for the Home Department (SSHD) was found to have unlawfully detained a claimant whom they had alleged had fraudulently obtained an Educational Test Service (ETS) certificate to show that he spoke English to the level required for his immigration application.’

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Free Movement, 15th March 2017

Source: www.freemovement.org.uk

Uber loses legal test case over language – BBC News

Posted March 3rd, 2017 in examinations, licensing, news, taxis by tracey

‘Uber has lost its attempt to prevent its drivers being forced to take English language tests.’

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BBC News, 3rd March 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Regulator urged to rethink bar training reforms – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 26th, 2017 in barristers, consultations, examinations, legal education, news by tracey

‘The Bar Council has criticised Bar Standards Board proposals for alternative ways of qualifying, claiming its consultation into future training at the bar misses a ‘long-awaited opportunity for reform’. It also dismisses the need for a central exam along the lines of the solicitors qualifying examination.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 25th January 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Nine convicted over student visa English test plot – BBC News

Posted December 14th, 2016 in examinations, fraud, immigration, news, visas by sally

‘Nine people have been convicted of running an immigration fraud linked to English tests for foreign students.’

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BBC News, 13th December 2016

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Aggrieved student wins right to challenge degree grade in full trial – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted December 9th, 2016 in education, examinations, negligence, news, universities by sally

‘This case raises the interesting question of whether a disappointed graduate may call upon the courts to redress a grievance concerning the grade he was given for his degree; not just what his ground of claim should be, but whether this is the kind of grievance which should be navigated through the courts at all. There are some matters which are arguably non-justiciable matters of academic judgment.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 9th December 2016

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

Return of passport by Home Office to sit Secure English Language Test – Free Movement

Posted September 23rd, 2016 in examinations, immigration, news, passports by sally

‘The Home Office has confirmed that where it holds the passport of a migrant who wishes to sit the Secure English Language Test (SELT) it will either return the passport to enable the migrant to sit the SELT or will confirm directly with the SELT centre that the passport is held and is genuine.’

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Free Movement, 23rd September 2016

Source: www.freemovement.org.uk

LSB tells Bar regulator not to keep changing the pass mark for aptitude test – Legal Futures

Posted September 9th, 2016 in barristers, examinations, legal education, news by tracey

‘The Legal Services Board (LSB) has warned the Bar’s regulator that it cannot keep changing the cut score for the test would-be barristers have to pass before being allowed to take the Bar professional training course (BPTC).’

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Legal Futures, 8th September 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Uber wins right to challenge driver English tests – BBC News

Posted September 2nd, 2016 in examinations, judicial review, licensing, news, taxis, transport by sally

‘Uber has won the right to take Transport for London (TfL) to court over new rules that would force its drivers to pass English tests.’

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BBC News, 2nd September 2016

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Father sues £28k-a-year boarding school after son passes just one GCSE exam – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 18th, 2016 in education, examinations, news by tracey

‘A father is suing a private school for the £125,000 he paid for his son’s education after the teenager left with just one GCSE.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th August 2016

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

BSB publishes new figures showing success rates for student barristers – Bar Standards Board

Posted May 6th, 2016 in barristers, examinations, legal education, news, statistics by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published a new edition of its statistical information on student performance on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).’

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Bar Standards Board, 5th May 2016

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Tribunal rejects Home Office fraud allegation in ETS case but fails to report determination – Free Movement

‘President McCloskey has firmly rejected the Home Office case against students alleged to have fraudulently obtained English language test certificate from ETS (“Educational Testing Services Ltd”) in the case of SM and Ihsan Qadir v Secretary of State for the Home Department IA/31380/2014. The President finds that the Home Office evidence suffered from “multiple frailties and shortcomings” and that the two witnesses produced by the Home Office were unimpressive. In short, the Home Office failed by a significant margin to prove the alleged fraud.’

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Free Movement, 25th April 2016

Source: www.freemovement.org.uk

Theresa May faces parliamentary investigation over flimsy basis for student deportations – The Independent

‘Theresa May is to face a parliamentary investigation after an immigration tribunal ruled that the Home Office used unscientific “hearsay” to deport thousands of students from Britain.’

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The Independent, 23rd March 2016

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Bar regulator announces changes to the Bar Course Aptitude Test for 2016 and 2017 – Bar Standards Board

Posted March 11th, 2016 in barristers, examinations, legal education, press releases by tracey

‘Further to the BSB’s last announcement in December 2015, the regulator has concluded its review into the role of BCAT.’

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Bar Standards Board, 9th March 2016

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Ofqual to toughen up re-marking of exams after rise in grade challenges – The Guardian

Posted December 11th, 2015 in appeals, examinations, news, quality assurance by tracey

‘The exam regulator, Ofqual, has announced proposals to toughen up the re-marking of A-level and GCSE exams, after figures showed a further huge increase in the number of pupils and schools appealing against results.’

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The Guardian, 10th December 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Bar regulator announces important developments in the 2016 Bar Professional Training Course – Bar Standards Board

Posted December 1st, 2015 in barristers, examinations, legal education, press releases, universities by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has three announcements to make about the BPTC today. First, today the regulator is publishing statistics about students and providers of the BPTC. Second, there will be changes to the formats of the centralised assessments. Third, the Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT), which is an entry requirement, will be deferred until at least March 2016, pending completion of a review.’

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Bar Standards Board, 1st December 2015

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Regina (Fox and others) v Secretary of State for Education – WLR Daily

Posted November 30th, 2015 in education, examinations, law reports, local government, statutory duty by sally

Regina (Fox and others) v Secretary of State for Education [2015] EWHC 3404 (Admin); [2015] WLR (D) 481

‘The Secretary of State had erred in leaving non-religious views out of the new GCSE subject content for religious studies, which amounted to a breach of the duty to take care that information or knowledge included in the curriculum was conveyed in a pluralistic manner.’

WLR Daily, 25th November 2015

Source: www.iclr.co.uk