Education in Great Britain

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Education in Great Britain Prepaired a student of 9A form Olexandra Rolya

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In Britain, we still calculate distances in miles and we still drive on the left. In London, we still have red double-decker buses and black London cabs.

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 Education in Great Britain is compulsory and free for all children between the ages of 5 and 16.

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In the UK, children and teenagers up to the age of 16 must either be taught at home, or attend school.

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Primary school A primary school or elementary school is a school in which children receive primary education from the age of about five to twelve, coming before secondary school and after preschool. It is the first stage of compulsory education in Great Britain and is normally available without charge, but may be offered in a fee-paying independent school.

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Primary education begins at the age of 5 in England, Wales and Scotland, and 4 in Northern Ireland. It includes three age ranges: nursery for children under 5 years, infants from 5 to 7, and juniors from 7 to 11 years old. 

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In nursery schools babies don’t have real classes, they learn some elementary things such as numbers, colors and letters. Besides, they play, have lunch and sleep there. Children usually start their school education in an infant school and move to a junior school at the age of 7.

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Secondary school Compulsory secondary education begins when children are 11 or 12 and lasts for 5 years: one form to each year. Secondary schools are generally much larger than primary ones. 

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State secondary schools in England and Wales are classed on grammar schools, comprehensive schools, city technology colleges or academies.

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In Scotland there are only two types of schools Roman Catholic or non-denominational. Most secondary schools in England and Wales are comprehensive schools. Academies are a new type of school introduced in 2000. Independent secondary schools  generally take pupils at age 13.

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In the final two years of secondary school (aged around 14–16), most UK pupils take an exam, which is called ; GCSEs: The General Certificate of Secondary Education is an academic qualification taken by students aged 14–16 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. This is the most common qualification for students at this age in the UK.

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If you pass your GCSE exam well, you have a choice : go to college to continue adittional education or to stay in school. That students which continue their education in school, study for 2 years, to pass their advanced exam level “A”.

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Thanks for your attention