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Taunton School, in Somerset, is one of the country's leading independent schools, says Richard Garner

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Tens of thousands of parents are bracing themselves for disappointment as they find out whether their child has been granted a place in their first-choice primary school for this September.

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Getting started with revision is the most difficult part of exam preparation for most people, and many of us could win prizes for avoiding things we don't want to do. But the 10-minute rule could make a difference.

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Chalk Talk: David Blunkett goes back to schools - and universities

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Russ Thorne takes a closer look at the further education choices available

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