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

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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

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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'

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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

Pupils sit an exam

Teachers losing confidence in exam marking, study suggests

Heads and teachers are losing confidence in the marking of GCSE and A-level exams, according to new research published today.

A Muslim teenager has been prevented from starting her A-Levels at a London school for wearing a full-face veil

Muslim teen ‘banned from starting sixth form’ at London school for wearing niqab

The Camden School for Girls does not have a uniform policy but says the 16-year-old cannot wear the full-face veil

It is feared that as many as 3,000 primary schools could fall below tough new minimum standards in the three Rs being introduced in 2016

Even excellent schools ‘don’t help poor kids to catch rich’

The gap in performance between poor and better-off pupils is just as high in schools ranked “outstanding” as those labelled “inadequate”, researchers have found.

Ministers and employers have been pressing the need for more students to opt for courses giving them the skills the UK needs to compete in the global market

Universities increasingly take on new students with vocational qualifications instead of A-levels

Growing numbers of teenagers with top-class vocational qualifications are being recruited by UK universities while the number with A-levels dwindle, according to figures released today.

According to updated figures, just 52 per cent of children have achieved a “good level of development” by the end of reception

Half of all five year olds are not ready for school, research shows

Marmot Review finds Government’s decision to cut Sure Start funding partially to blame

Uppingham is a 798-pupil boarding school in Rutland

Public schools help state pupils get to Oxbridge

Promising candidates are given well-honed tips on writing a CV and preparing for interview

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