News Dr Andrew Davis claims rival camps in the debate over how to teach children to read are acting like 'religious fundamentalists'

Children who are fluent readers are being damaged by the Government’s insistence on using synthetic phonics in the classroom, a leading academic warns today.

Shooting stars: Young British photography talent is lining up to take on the rest of the world

More than 1,000 young artists from around the world are being celebrated in a major festival next month. Here, Holly Williams offers a sneak preview of some of the best home-grown talent.

At last: Frankie Dettori (in blue) drives Willing Foe to win the Ebor Handicap for the first time after 25 years of trying

Guarantee surges into Leger form

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DJ Taylor: Divisive, detached and intolerant

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Philip Hensher: Abolish all grades. Only then will GCSEs be useful for pupils and employers

One of the interesting things about the past week, as GCSE and A-level grades fell for the first time in more than two decades, was hearing outraged commentators saying that educational attainment shouldn't be subject to political manipulation. I quite agree. But what the hell do they think has been happening over the past quarter of a century?

The results show drops in the percentage of English, maths and science GCSE entries achieving passes at A*-C

Teachers accuse exam boards of acting 'immorally' as exam grades fall for first time

The first fall in top-grade passes in the history of the GCSE exam was revealed yesterday, prompting claims that exam boards acted immorally by raising grade boundaries at the last moment.

Michael Gove doesn't want to bring back O-levels

Education Secretary Michael Gove last night rowed back from plans to bring back O-levels to replace GCSEs.

Hamish McRae: The real worry is how have we fallen so far behind the rest of the world

Our system is at best in the middle of the global pack and at worst it is slipping down it

Lisa Freedman: GCSEs aren't too easy – just irrelevant

My 16-year-old son gets his GCSE results today. With a reasonable degree of luck, he should achieve a decent sprinkling of As and A*s to ornament his CV. A credit, without doubt, to his own hard work, some excellent teaching and his long-suffering parents. Nonetheless, I think the past few months have been a complete waste of his time.

Lisa Freedman: GCSEs are not too easy – they're just irrelevant

They're a hangover from an age when most students left school at 16

'Neet' teenager levels show rise

The number of teenagers who are not in school, work or training has risen in the last year, according to new figures.

'Tougher' syllabus to hit GCSE science grades

GCSE students have been warned to expect disappointing science grades this week as a "toughened-up" syllabus and strict marking guidelines take their toll.

Education officials admitted number of school playing field sell-offs has increased again

Education officials admitted the tally of school playing field sell-offs has increased again - just hours after being forced into an embarrassing apology for issuing misleading figures.

A-level success for siblings who fled from the Taliban

Four siblings who fled Afghanistan are celebrating after gaining a string of top grades.

Class of 2012 records biggest top grade drop in the history of A-Levels

The class of 2012 recorded the biggest drop in top grades in the history of A-levels today – and the first for 20 years – prompting claims from teachers that exam boards have succumbed to political pressure to reverse grade inflation.

Archie Bland: You're a posho, Benedict, just shut up about it

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