Gove orders inquiry into exams advice given to teachers – The Guardian

Posted December 8th, 2011 in examinations, inquiries, news, teachers by tracey

“Education secretary Michael Gove has ordered an inquiry into a claim that examiners are giving teachers advice on what questions their pupils should expect in GCSE and A-level papers.”

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The Guardian, 7th December 2011


Bar aptitude pilot a success – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 24th, 2011 in barristers, examinations, legal education, news, reports by sally

“A proposed aptitude test for bar students could accurately identify individuals who would do well in their courses, according to pilot studies. The Bar Standards Board proposed the test for students applying for the bar professional training course following the 2008 Wood review.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 24th November 2011


Is studying law at GCSE and A-level a help or hindrance? – The Guardian

Posted November 21st, 2011 in examinations, legal education, news by tracey

“Learning about the law while at school cannot be a bad thing, surely? At a time when legal aid cuts are set to turn many people into litigants in person, one would think the public needs all the legal literacy it can get. And while experts insist it is vital as part of young people’s citizenship education, doing GCSE or A-level law may not be the best way to achieve this, especially if you want to pursue a legal career.”

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The Guardian, 18th November 2011


Rapists escaping justice because police surgeons not up to the job, say critics – The Guardian

Posted October 5th, 2011 in contracting out, doctors, examinations, forensic science, news, police, rape by sally

“Rape already arouses serious anxiety because so few attacks are reported to the police, conviction rates are low, and victims are subject to intrusive questioning in court. But now concerns are growing that rapists are escaping justice because doctors are failing to properly examine victims or record their injuries, depriving police of crucial forensic evidence. In other words, senior doctors fear that some forensic medical examiners (FMEs) are simply not up to the job.”

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The Guardian, 3rd October 2011


Data protection laws give students the right to access examiner comments, ICO says –

Posted August 19th, 2011 in data protection, education, examinations, freedom of information, news by sally

“Students have the right to access information detailing what assessors thought of their exam answers under UK data protection laws, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has said.”

Full story, 19th August 2011


Bar regulator sets up centralised examinations team – Bar Standards Board

Posted July 1st, 2011 in barristers, examinations, legal education, press releases by tracey

“A newly formed team of legal practitioners and academics has been appointed by the Bar Standards Board (BSB), as examiners for the new centralised examinations initiative. The new centralised exams will form part of the assessment of students undertaking the vocational stage of barristers’ training, known as the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).”

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Bar Standards Board, 30th June 2011


Ofqual launches official inquiry into exam blunders – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 1st, 2011 in examinations, inquiries, mistake, news by tracey

“Exam boards face being stripped of their role over blunders that affected GCSEs and A-levels sat by thousands of schoolchildren, it emerged today.”

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Daily Telegraph, 1st July 2011


Toki v Ipourgos Ethnikis Pedias kai Thriskevmaton – WLR Daily

Posted April 11th, 2011 in EC law, examinations, freedom of movement, law reports by sally

Toki v Ipourgos Ethnikis Pedias kai Thriskevmaton (Case C-424/09); [2011] WLR (D) 128

“The mechanisms for the recognition of higher education diplomas pursuant to article 3(b) of Council Directive 89/48/EEC, as amended, were applicable where the profession at issue was a regulated professional activity within the meaning of the second sub-paragraph of article 1(d) of the Directive in the member state of origin, irrespective of whether the person concerned was or was not a full member of the professional association or organisation concerned. In order for professional experience to be taken into account for the purposes of recognition under article 3(b) certain specific conditions had to be satisfied.”

WLR Daily, 5th April 2011


Please note that once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Oxford exam-fail law student loses compensation bid – BBC News

Posted March 21st, 2011 in examinations, legal education, negligence, news, universities by sally

“An Oxford graduate who sued a law college after failing her exams has lost a bid for damages and was told her own lack of aptitude was to blame.”

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BBC News, 18th March 2011


Bar Standards Board pushes back introduction of BPTC aptitude test – Legal Week

Posted March 21st, 2011 in barristers, examinations, legal education, news by sally

“The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has confirmed a new timetable for the introduction of an aptitude test for the Bar Vocational Training Course (BPTC).”

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Legal Week, 18th March 2011


New timetable for the introduction of the Aptitude Test – Bar Standards Board

Posted March 18th, 2011 in barristers, examinations, legal profession, press releases by sally

“The Bar Standards Board, the regulator of barristers in England and Wales, has issued a new timetable for the introduction of an Aptitude Test for the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).”

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Bar Standards Board, 18th March 2011


New plans to test would-be lawyers – The Guardian

Posted September 14th, 2010 in examinations, Law Society, news, solicitors by sally

“The Law Society is investigating a legal aptitude test to stem the tide of solicitors entering the profession.”

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The Guardian, 14th September 2010


Legal dispute over Sats boycott – BBC News

Posted April 14th, 2009 in examinations, news, teachers, trade unions by sally

“A proposed boycott of Sats tests by two of England’s main education unions would be unlawful, the government says.”

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BBC News, 10th April 2009


‘Written tests are no guide to your ability to be a judge’ – The Times

Posted January 29th, 2009 in examinations, judicial appointments commission, judicial review, news by sally

“A judge has taken the unprecedented step of launching legal action because he failed to be shortlisted for a judicial post after sitting a new written test. David Page, 58, who has sat as a £102,000-a-year full-time immigration judge since 2002, was insulted and shocked to find that he was ruled out after two 40-minute written papers.”

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The Times, 29th January 2009


Legal row over humanism in religious studies at school – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 12th, 2008 in education, examinations, judicial review, news by sally

“The exams regulator is being taken to court over its refusal to allow humanism to be taught in religious education classes.”

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Daily Telegraph, 12th September 2008


Academic wins tribunal case over re-marked papers – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 21st, 2008 in examinations, news, unfair dismissal by sally

“An academic has won a case against a university that ‘meddled’ in the marking of his students’ exams and gave new grades to papers he had failed.”

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Daily Telegraph, 20th August 2008


Dyslexic student’s exams battle – BBC News

Posted July 29th, 2008 in disability discrimination, dyslexia, examinations, news by sally

“A medical student with dyslexia is to take legal action in a bid to prevent the use of multiple choice exams as part of doctors’ training.”

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BBC News, 29th July 2008


GO and others v Secretary of State for the Home Department – WLR Daily

Posted July 8th, 2008 in education, examinations, immigration, law reports by sally

GO and others v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2008] EWCA Civ 747; [2008] WLR (D) 225

“A foreign student who wanted an extension of stay had to be able to produce evidence of satisfactory progress, whether on the course named in his application for entry clearance or on another recognised course which he had undertaken. A failure to sit or to pass relevant examinations would always be material to the evaluation of the student’s progress, but whether it was decisive would depend on the reason for it.”

WLR Daily, 7th July 2008


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Incorrect exam results? Claim compensation – The Times

Posted March 25th, 2008 in examinations, news by sally

“Teenagers could receive thousands of pounds in compensation for being given the wrong GCSE and A-level grades, examination chiefs said.”

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The Times, 22nd March 2008