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ISSUe 299 - First News

ISSUe 299 - First News

ISSUe 299 - First

NATIONAL NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR * £1.30 2 – 8 MARCH 2012 Issue 299 Working with more than a million readers * The weekly newspaper for young people First News supports children’s charities DO YOU GIVE SCHOOL Kate joins the Queen on her Diamond Jubilee tour p4 BOSS Michael Gove says: THUMBS • Exams will get harder to pass • You can get instant detentions • Teachers to get new powers to search pupils • But our children will be among the best in the world UP? Rat boom across the UK p2 KIDS should expect to start getting lower grades in exams, says schools boss, Michael Gove. The Government’s Education Secretary said fewer A*s and As are going to be handed out because he thinks GCSEs, A levels and degrees should get “tougher”. “If that means fewer passes, then that’s something we’ll have to accept,” he said. “But I want to ensure that, as well as exams being tougher, schools work harder.” This week, First News asks you if you think Mr Gove is right to get tough. He goes on: “What I hope we will see is our exams are once again trusted across the globe and our children are among the best in the world.” Mr Gove has been talking about new plans to improve discipline in English schools, too. These include handing out instant detentions *Source: First News Readership Survey, January 2011, Opinion Matters *Awarded by the Plain English Campaign, December 2011. by editor Nicky Cox outside school hours, without giving 24 hours’ notice to parents, which is what happens now. He is also planning to give new powers to teachers to search pupils for cigarettes and for items that are “going to be used to cause harm or break the law”. Charlie Taylor, who is advising the Government, says: “Without good behaviour, teachers can’t teach and pupils can’t learn.” But what do you think? First News will share your views with the Government. Fill out the form on page 4 or complete the questions at www.firstnews.co.uk/surveys by Monday 12 March. Get your classmates to join in too. The children who live in slums – new report p4

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