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Professor Robert Coe, from Durham University:  “This seems to underline the view that improvements in GCSEs and some other examinations have had more to do with grade inflation than real sustained improvements over time.”

One in four GCSE entries could be awarded A grade

Nearly one in four GCSE entries could be awarded at least an A grade in what is expected to be another record year of results, it was predicted today.

'Traditional' A-levels should have higher value says minister

"Traditional" A-level subjects should be valued more highly in the race for university places, a Government minister said, as thousands of students prepared to receive exam results today.

A-level results to reveal sharp rise in top A* grades

The number of A* grades at A-level is set to rise when the results for more than 250,000 students are announced next Thursday.

200,000 face university disappointment

More than 200,000 university applicants will fail to get places this year, the head of the admissions service has warned, in a repeat of last summer's chaotic scramble following the publication of A-level results.

Question mark over A* grade as Oxbridge hopefuls miss out

More than 12,000 students with at least one A* grade pass at A-level will be turned away from Oxford and Cambridge this year.

Kevin Nolan may leave Newcastle United

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew's hopes of securing his key players before embarking on a recruitment drive have suffered a further blow.

Newcastle leave Cheick Tiote out fearing suspension

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has reluctantly left midfielder Cheick Tiote to sulk his way through the final weeks of the season after deciding not to risk another ban.

Estelle Morris leads call for exams at 14, not 16

The GCSE exam should be abolished and replaced with a series of "graduation" tests at 14, Estelle Morris, a former education secretary, has said.

Coursework assessment to end in GCSE shake-up

A major shake-up of GCSEs to be unveiled this week means the end of coursework and a return to the traditional end-of-year exam. Education Secretary Michael Gove is planning to ditch the modular exam system, under which coursework done during the two-year study period counts towards the overall grade. Instead, he wants to see a return to the traditional O-level approach, with a pupil's results being determined purely by their final exam.

Nightmare for Krul as Walcott cuts Newcastle down to size

Newcastle United 0 Arsenal 4

First fall recorded in A-level passes

The number of pupils gaining straight As in their A-levels has fallen for the first time on record, it emerged yesterday, following the introduction of more challenging questions this year.

The smarter sex: Does it matter if girls do better than boys?

Despite all the attention, the gap between male and female achievement is still growing.

Schools could be faced with massive shortage of teachers

Schools will be faced with a massive shortage of teachers if the Government goes ahead with plans to make it harder to enter the profession, says a report out today.

Ferguson predicts February return for Valencia

Sir Alex Ferguson today revealed Antonio Valencia could be back in action by the end of February.

Barton moans about being grounded but keeps his cool

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