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A private tutorial college in the heart of Oxford
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Results Day is around the corner!
If you are not satisfied with your results, or missed an offer, do not panic. Contact Carfax College to find out more about retake options.

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Are classics too daunting for children? The BBC list of must-read books for children has sparked some controversy.
"The BBC’s list of must-read books for children places too much emphasis on “timeless classics” and risks tasking children with too much to do, BookTrust has warned.
BookTrust, the literacy charity, warned a poll of books children ought to read ignored a “treasure chest” of more modern works they might find more exciting.
The list of top ten children’s books, compiled by the BBC from a local radio poll, includes Lord of the Rings, by JRR Tolkein, Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird and the Bible."

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Thinking of Oxford and Cambridge? Use your summer break wisely.
"Applications for both Oxford and Cambridge close on October 15, months ahead of the main deadline for university applications in January. For those wishing to apply to the elite institutions, it's a good idea to start thinking about the Ucas personal statement before the summer break."

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Rankings which assess the quality and accessibility of higher education in countries across the world, have been published today by QS Quacquarelli Symonds.
Fifty countries across six continents have been represented, with researchers looking at access, system strength and a country's top performing institution to compile the tables. Here are the top 10.

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Spanish lessons are booming in schools across England despite the general decline of modern foreign languages taught in classes.

While children learning French or German has dramatically declined from the previous two decades, pupils learning Spanish at GCSE level has increased from 29,000 to 85,000 between 1995 and 2015.

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Carfax College Principal Rupert Alesbury discusses A levels versus International Baccalaureat (IB) in the latest issue of A+ Education, Cotswold Life.

"At Carfax College, due to the nature of our provision, most of our pupils tend to be taking Alevels, but we are increasingly asked to provide one-to-one tuition in support of the IB Diploma programme, or in preparation for IB exam retakes, and we are happy to do so. At the heart of everything we do is a determination to provide the most appropriate support for each individual pupil, enabling them to achieve their goals and move on to the next phase of their education, whether that is via A-level or IB."
See the full editorial here, on page 66

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Carfax College was pleased to welcome a group of exceptional pupils from St. Petersburg's prestigious Classicheskaya Gimnazia 610, accompanied by Directors Marina Chernycheva and Sergej Buryatchko.
The Classicheskaya Gimnazia 610 is unique in Russia in its strong focus on Classics. Our guests were taken on a university tour by Director of Studies James Marsden, who holds a DPhil in History from the University of Oxford. In his DPhil, James wrote about the history of the university, therefore being more than apt to introduce our gifted guests to the wonders of Oxford.

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"Britain's best universities are slipping down university rankings because they are forced to focus on diversity and recruiting from disadvantaged backgrounds, experts say.
An annual ranking, published by the Times Higher Education (THE), showed Cambridge has fallen to fourth place, down from second last year while Oxford to fifth having been third in one of the most prestigious world university rankings.
The number of UK universities in the top 100 has also dropped from 12 to 10 this year with Bristol and Durham falling out of the list, the table showed."

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"Parents should ignore useless league tables that give them "bragging rights" and visit schools instead, a leading headmaster has suggested."

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Point to high-fliers to get girls into maths, says leading teacher

Teachers should use female high-fliers and scientists as inspiration to get girls into maths rather than using pop stars and beauty products to draw them into the subject, a leading teacher has said.

Colin Hegarty, shortlisted for a $1 million-dollar prize this weekend, has also said girls need to be exposed to more stories of "amazing female mathematicians" so they know the subject isn't just for boys.

The Oxford University graduate believes teachers should redouble their efforts to show how maths has real implications in the world of work.
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