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Labour sounds alarm on sharp rise in infant class sizes under Coalition

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The overall pass rate dipped for the first time in more than 30 years from 98.1 per cent to 98 per cent

A-level results: Fall in top grades caused by more students taking traditional subjects

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Students from the richest neighbourhoods are almost 10 times more likely to go to a top university than those from the poorest areas

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Nearly all teacher's organisations have called for league tables to be scrapped

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Schools will create their own GCSE league tables in opposition to official stats

Oxford University tells students on its website: 'Term-time employment is not permitted except under exceptional circumstances'

One in seven students have full-time jobs during degree course

Survey shows 59 per cent working at least part-time to fund studies

International A-level exam is a star performer

A-levels may have their detractors in the UK but the international version of the exam is proving popular abroad.

Do the maths: GCSE study could start at age 13 when new exams are introduced

GCSE shake-up means fewer subjects for pupils to take

Government attempts to make exams harder will be wrongfooted by schools starting core subject courses a year early
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The number of fines issued to parents for their children’s absence from school has risen by around 70 per cent since term-time holidays were banned last year, a BBC survey has found.

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