Why studying German at school is so important

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Germany is the economic engine of Europe, and the political driver of the European Union. Our commercial relationship with the country is undoubted: in 2012, the UK overtook France as Germany’s biggest global trade partner and, as The Telegraph newspaper put it, ‘British suppliers and manufacturers are deeply integrated into the German industrial machine and... Read more »

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Classical studies: ancient and modern

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Compared with the hundreds of thousands of students who sit more mainstream subjects at GCSE and A level, numbers taking classical subjects are tiny. And they cover several subjects including classical civilisation, classical Greek and Latin. In 2014, just 16,444 people took GCSEs in classical subjects, and even fewer – 6,615 – took an A... Read more »

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Interested in GCSE Health and Social Care?

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Health and Social Care is a relatively new GCSE, introduced in September 2002 as one of eight new vocational GCSE subjects. Because this GCSE hasn’t been around for very long, some students – and many parents – are not aware of what it entails. What does this course entail? In simple terms, Health and Social... Read more »

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Performing and Expressive Arts: Dramatic Falls

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Drama, dance and the wider performing arts are disappearing from the UK’s schools (except in Northern Ireland, which has hung on to drama in its curriculum). In the National Curriculum, there is no mention of drama. Numbers taking the GCSE and A Level exams have been steadily declining. In the grouping of GCSE exams ‘Performing... Read more »

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