Highlights of the week ending 12 May

Ofqual’s annual qualifications perceptions survey was out this week, showing consistent support across all groups surveyed for GCSEs, and in the main for A levels – though there was a drop in those believing they are a good preparation for work. For Applied General qualifications there was no change year on year. This survey provides interest evidence against the backdrop of various reports and research into whether education is preparing students well for future. One such group doing just that are peers on the Education for 11-16 Year Olds Committee who continued their investigation this week, with a focus on creative subjects and vocational education.