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Grammy Award Nominations – Your Reaction

Arts, Entertainment, Music, News
It's been a week since the Grammy's released their final list of nominations. Understandably, it would take any individual to gather their feelings to talk for a hard-hitting interview about their pros, cons and thoughts. Reporter: Andrew Whiteford | Sub-Editor: Larissa Gliddon In recent years, the Grammy’s have not had the best press from mainstream media: dodgy David Bowie tributes, evident diversity issues and a whole lot of commercialisation to combat loss of viewers. 2017 was no exception to this controversy.Beyoncé somehow has managed to snag nominations in a variety of genre categories: rock, R&B, rap and pop. To some, a diverse individual and to others, a Grammy-hungry sequinned fiend. The main criticism of the Grammy’s in recent years is the shift from artistic excellence

Not Such a Joke After All? XFactor Boys Set For Big Things

Celebrity, Entertainment, Film & TV, News, UK
The story of how I ended up partying alongside X Factor 'joke' duo Bradley and Ottavio, Nicole Scherzinger and Sam Smith. Reporter - Chrys Salter Interestingly enough, when I pictured my Saturday night out in London’s Soho district, I was with people a lot less exciting than a couple of X Factor finalists who had divided the nation earlier on this year with their ‘joke’ act, branded talentless and fame hungry by journalists and viewers alike. The truth of the matter is however; this pair of popstar wannabes are much more intelligent than you might think. After stumbling in to the wrong queue outside the notorious Heaven night club near Embankment, I would not have even noticed there was a red carpet if I hadn’t been scrambling on the floor looking for my credit card which I had droppe

Academies have ‘zero evidence’ of raising achievement

News, UK
‘Academies are a waste of public money’ – says leading UK Head Teacher, raising questions over their existence in the first place Reporter - Chrys Salter We all know of that one school in the wrong side of town, the one with the lowest GCSE results in the area year upon year and their student’s main objective is to stay out of prison, let alone make it to college or university. The conservative government have taken the ‘academy model’ introduced by the previous labour government in the early millennium, and have morphed it into something completely different, and let’s be honest, something utterly beyond recognition and salvation.   Let’s begin by looking closely at what it means to be an academy in December 2016… Academies are independent, state-funded schools, which receive thei

Ofsted ‘Uncomfortable’ To Downgrade Outstanding Schools Despite Declining Performance DatS

News, UK
More than 30% of ‘outstanding’ secondary schools in England were kept at the same inspection grade in their follow up Ofsted inspection, despite seeing a “significant deterioration” in their academic performance, a new analysis has revealed. Reporter - Chrys Salter Research by the Education Policy Institute, published in November, found large numbers of schools are maintaining positive Ofsted grades despite a “significant deterioration” in results, as the government introduces a new performance measure for secondary schools which focuses on progress rather than individual student outcomes. The research analysis of Ofsted inspection grades and the new performance data from 2007 to 2016, found that almost 34% of outstanding secondary schools who saw their performance progress stall or d
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