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News / UK and world by Press Association August 23, 2018, 2:32 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter A higher proportion of English and maths GCSEs were awarded top grades this summer. National GCSE results show that a fifth of entries for English Literature and maths scored at 7 or above, along with around one in six English entries. Boys outperformed girls for top grades in maths, but girls significantly surpassed their male classmates in the two English GCSEs. The figures cover 16-year-olds in England only. Maths and English GCSEs moved to the new numerical grading system last summer, meaning it is now possible to make year-on-year comparisons for this group of students. Overall, 17.5% of entries scored at least a grade 7 – broadly equivalent to an A grade – in GCSE English, up from 16.8% in 2017. In English literature, 20.0% of entries was awarded a 7 or above, up from 19.1%. And in GCSE maths, 20.0% got at least a … [Read more...] about More top grades in English and maths
News / UK and world by Press Association August 8, 2018, 11:30 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter A Royal Navy warship has shadowed two Russian warships as they passed through the English Channel. Type 45 destroyer HMS Diamond sailed from Dover, Kent, to monitor the Russian destroyer Severomorsk and cruiser Marshal Ustinov on Tuesday as they passed through the UK’s area of interest which is either the UK’s territorial waters or near to this area. Commander Ben Keith, the commanding officer of the Portsmouth-based ship, said: “HMS Diamond is proud to once again be playing her part in protecting the UK by monitoring these vessels on their transit. “This is routine business for the Royal Navy and the second time my ship’s company have undertaken such an escort duty this summer. “While many families are enjoying their summer holidays, my ship’s company are … [Read more...] about Royal Navy keeps close eye on Russian warships in English Channel
This morning’s key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com Dozens killed in English-speaking Cameroon region by French-speaking government police US Ambassador Peter Barlerin accuses Cameroon government of ‘targeted killings’ Dozens killed in English-speaking Cameroon region by French-speaking government police Twenty-two people were killed on Friday in the Anglophone (English-speaking) region of Cameroon by army and security forces from the Francophone (French-speaking) government of 85-year-old president Paul Biya, who has been in power for more than 35 years. This is the latest violence in a growing civil war in the Southern Cameroons, the Anglophone region of Cameroon. The violence started in November 2016, when peaceful protests began with claims by Anglophone lawyers that the legal and court systems are biased toward Francophones, with many laws passed without even being translated into English. Anglophone teachers joined in, protesting that all courses in the … [Read more...] about World View: Dozens Killed in English-Speaking Cameroon Region by Francophone Government
A NEW wave of national parks could be created post-Brexit after Michael Gove announced plans to expand the nation's green land. The Environment Secretary is ordering a review of all protected areas - and here's what we know about these "gems". Where are the national parks in the UK? There are currently 15 national parks and 34 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in England, ranging from the Lake District to the Cairngorms National Park in the Scottish Highlands. They are: Brecon Beacons: The Brecon Beacons National Park was established in 1957. It stretches fronm Llandeilo in the west to Hay-on-Wye in the northeast and Pontypool in the southeast, covering 519 square miles. The highest summit in the park and in South Wales is at Pen y Fan at 886 metres. Broads: Straddling Norfolk and Suffolk, this is Britain's biggest protected wetland, which was formed by the flooding of old peat diggings. It is home to so me of … [Read more...] about Where are the National Parks in the UK, will England get more after Brexit and how are they protected?