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Tate Research Centre: Learning - information and call for submissions

The Tate gallery is to launch the Tate Research Centre: Learning (TRC: Learning) in October 2014. The centre aims to be a co-curated and conversational platform to share research and support the development of best practice across the field of gallery education and learning.

Emily Pringle, head of learning practice and research says: 'We envisage the Centre as a space for dialogue and debate where ideas and knowledge can be shared and developed and consequently the Centre sees value in openness and risk and has creative practices at its heart.

In addition to providing details of specific learning research projects happening at Tate, the TRC: Learning has two core areas of content: firstly Working Papers of around 3-5000 words http://www.tate.org.uk/research/research-centres/learning-research/working-papers. Secondly we have section dedicated to displaying the steps undertaken in research projects called Research in Progress http://www.tate.org.uk/research/research-centres/learning-research/in-progress. Alongside this is an open resource section which houses key texts that have influenced both the staff in the Tate Learning department as well as contributors to the centre. www.tate.org.uk/research/research-centres/learning-research/resources#bibliographies. We are actively seeking contributions to the Centre and have quarterly submission deadlines for new content at the end of September, December, March and June.

if you or anyone else is interested in contributing or working collaboratively both myself and Paul Stewart, Learning research Assistant (paul.stewart@tate.org.uk) are happy to answer any of your questions.'

Details of the TRC: Learning can be found here: www.tate.org.uk/research/research-centres/learning-research

Art and design GCSE numbers increase but attainment at A and A* sees a sharp fall

This year's art and design GCSE results show the lowest cumulative percentage of A* candidates for five years: 8.9 per cent (2014) achieved an A*. Cumulative percentages of A* grades range between 9.8 per cent in 2012 and 7.6 per cent in 2009; this year 22.8 per cent achieved a grade A – the lowest cumulative percentage in seven years (in 2007, 22.4 per cent achieved an A grade).
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A level results – numbers taking art and design continue to fall

GCE A level (All UK)
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Ofqual consultation: developing new GCSE, AS and A level qualifications for first teaching in 2016

As part of the ongoing reform of qualifications, Ofqual have launched a consultation which sets out proposals for how a range of new GCSEs, AS and A levels due to be taught in schools and colleges from September 2016 should be assessed.
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DfE are consulting on GCSE Art and Design content

The Department for Education and Ofqual have announced two public consultations. Ofqual are consulting on assessment objectives and the DfE on GCSE Art and Design content. Through NSEAD's Curriculum Board the Society will respond and this will be published on our website. The Society and its members are pleased that it has already been consulted about the development of GCSE Art and Design. The DfE's consultation will run from 15 July until 19 September 2014 and we encourage members to respond.
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