For the first time in six years, the BBC reports that more students are achieving the top grades of A* and A in their A-levels.

With 26.6% of boys getting A* and A grades compared to 26.1% of girls, the 0.3% gap from last year has now been reversed, as boys move ahead.

However, there was a fall in the top grades for 13 subjects in England which have new content and are now only assessed by final exams. John Blake, head of education at the Policy Exchange think tank, explains that the move to final exams only is designed to end a culture within schools of pupils repeatedly resitting exams to get the best grade. This was painful and time-consuming for teachers and pupils, he said.

Helping teachers to measure each student’s progress to prepare for the final exams is classroom management solution, NetSupport School. Its range of assessment tools (in addition to collaborative, control and monitoring features) allow the teacher to choose from quizzes and surveys to using its unique Q+A module, which adds a gamification element to assessment.

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