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The Department for Education research concluded that degree results could still be predicted just as accurately without AS-level results

Richard Branson said children 'may well learn more [on family holidays] than they ever could in a classroom'

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Virgin empire entrepreneur says ‘my happiest memories are of childhood holidays – some term-time, some not’

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More university places available this year for top performing A-level students

Bright teenagers who get better-than-expected A-level results next month are set to have a bigger chance of gaining places at some of the country’s leading universities.

The number of English entrants fell 4.4 per cent to 86,036, forcing it off its perch as the most popular A-level subject for teenagers

Shock slump in English A-level candidates blamed on GCSE marking crisis

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Nine million graduates asked for cash donations as institutions adopt aggressive US-style tactics

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Schools should be more imaginative in the options given to girls, according to the Select Committee on Culture Media and Sport

Make sport less competitive to get girls involved, MPs say

PE lessons and an emphasis on competition are putting schoolgirls off participating in sport, MPs warn today.

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School accused of causing bullying through iPad scheme

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A trial of the scheme led to fewer pupils from the schools who took part in the plan being sent home

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A pioneering plan to give schools more responsibility over the fate of excluded pupils has cut the number of expulsions, according to research published today.

The amount spent by universities on bursaries, scholarships and hardship funds is set to fall

UK universities spending more on outreach and less on bursaries, report shows

Britain’s leading universities have performed a U-turn over the methods they use to attract more disadvantaged students, says a report out today.

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