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Today's results are the first to be awarded which show the impact of former Education Secretary Michael Gove's exam reforms

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

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

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

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GCSE shake-up means fewer subjects for pupils to take

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