Exam results for disadvantaged children remain 'shockingly low'

Teachers still expect less of poorer students

Children from deprived backgrounds are being let down by teachers who have low expectations of poor students, leading to a “shocking gap in performance” between rich and poor, according to a new report.

High house prices prevent poor parents from moving closer to top schools, so denying their children an opportunity

School places allocation: Lottery is 'fairer' way of deciding who gets top school places, report says

Families who cannot afford to live near choicest institutions 'should not be penalised'
Children's author Michael Rosen is among the signatories of a letter stating concern at the extreme pressure placed on school pupils

Authors, teachers and parents launch revolt over 'exam factory' schools

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Bribing teenagers doesn't pay off when it comes to exam results

Cash rewards ‘don’t improve GCSE exam results’, new research finds

Researchers concluded that parents and schools would do better to take struggling students on a day out instead

The way they were: 1963, cadets line up at Alleyn's School in West Dulwich for former Guards Sergeant Eric Randall, their Quartermaster

Cadet forces under threat as independent schools face up to funding cut

Leaders representing 250 of the country's elite private schools say move could end military traditions

Joint sessions would be arranged between sixth-form teachers and university lecturers to see if the sixth-form staff could pass on tips

How to teach teenagers: Independent schools to provide lessons for university lecturers

Move follows students' complaints from about standard of teaching they receive in first year

Marking blunders mean thousands of students were awarded the wrong grades

Heads want ‘injustices’ of bad examiners redressed

The exams regulator has acknowledged that 6 per cent of examiners are 'inadequate', according to Mr Harman

The regulator said reforms could increase the number of students awarded A* grades

‘Flawed’ foreign language A-levels to be reformed

A radical shake-up of foreign language A levels has been announced, after an investigation by the qualifications watchdog concluded that the brightest candidates were being denied A* grades by inconsistent marking and poorly designed exams.

Thousands more pupils reaching the required reading standard in the Government’s new phonics check

Pupils doing better on phonics tests year on year

Tests for six-year-olds have shown thousands more pupils reaching the required reading standard in the Government’s new phonics check, results have showed.

Parents at Hove Park School in East Sussex ran an a “Hove vs Gove” campaign to stop the school from being converted into an academy

'Hove vs Gove' campaign victory: Parents derail ‘academies bandwagon’

Parents who ran a “Hove vs Gove” campaign against plans to turn their local comprehensive into an academy were celebrating a landmark victory today.

Figures show that last year only one in five physics A-level entries were from girls

Half of all Britain’s co-ed state schools don’t have a single girl studying physics at A-level

Hundreds of co-ed state schools do not have a single girl studying physics in their sixth-forms, according to a new report.

The RSA Academy in Tipton: How it aims to transform lives in a severely deprived borough

For a talented student such as Alex, the Academy has worked, but how many other academically gifted students in deprived communities don’t get the opportunities that the Academy has provided?

At some schools, parents have also been barred from taking pictures of their own children in plays and on sports day

Generation of children growing up hidden from public due to 'health and safety fears'

Children are being hidden away from the public because a culture of “oversensitivity and overreaction” means schools are afraid to laud their achievements publicly, a head teachers’ leader has warned.

Campaigner Yas Necati, 18, said sex education lessons she received were treated by pupils as 'a joke'

Exclusive: Children need 'compulsory, comprehensive sex and relationships education'

Lessons should start at primary level

Camden School for Girls in north London

Camden School for Girls bans 16-year-old Muslim student from taking A-levels until she removes niqab

Sixth former banned from school until she removes her veil

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