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From a sport expressly designed to make athletic skill all but irrelevant to a game in which furking is an offence, willing - and not-so-willing - partakers explain the rules

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Leading schools are considering action against the exam boards after poorer results

Entrants for the Spanish GCSE rose for the sixth year in succession to 93,028

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Spanish will replace French as the most popular foreign language in schools, the head of the country’s biggest exam board said today.

Tristram Hunt has called for schools to be freed from the “top-down, target-driven, exam-obsessed” culture dominating the education system

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offering the subject to pupils has shot up to 600

Latin makes surprising comeback in state schools

Latin has made a remarkable comeback in state secondary school classrooms, according to figures released today.

Children born to mothers who rank in the top 25 per cent for control over their own destiny tend to score higher GCSE results

Children born to confident mothers will do better in their GCSEs, study suggests

If you want to find out how well a child will do in their GCSE exams, forget the quality of their teachers and look instead at how confident their mother was during pregnancy.

Former Education Secretary Michael Gove would be pleased with today's A-Level results

A-level results: Michael Gove should be pleased with today's marks

If Michael Gove had been around today as Education Secretary he would have been chuffed by this year’s results.

Holiday fines for parents number 64,000 in less than a year

Number has leaped since Government ban was introduced in September

The Government has been accused of lacking enthusiasm for vocational education in the past

Government announces seven new university technical colleges

A major expansion for the network of top-class university technical colleges for 14 to 18-year-olds has been given the go-ahead by ministers.

40% drop in children sitting GCSEs early, Ofqual figures show

A dramatic drop in the number of children pushed by schools into taking their GCSE exams a year early is revealed in new statistics published by exams regulator Ofqual.

Goldsmiths College is applauded for greater transparency over vice-chancellor's pay

There may be a frisson of horror in vice-chancellor circles at the latest initiative from Goldsmiths College. The south London university has become the first in the country to permit a student representative to sit in on the body that determines the university vice-chancellor's pay.

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