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Britain's leading universities are still failing to attract enough state school pupils and students from disadvantaged homes, according to figures published today.

Four universities join elite Russell Group

The elite Russell Group of universities has accepted four new members.

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School meal prices rise by a quarter

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Pupils expelled for low AS grades

Pupils who fail to attain good AS-level results in their first year of sixth form are being excluded from some of the UK's leading state schools in a bid to protect league table figures.

Independent schools make the grade again

Britain's top Independent Schools have extended their lead over state counterparts in terms of grade performance, claim figures out today.

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Thousands of pupils skipped lessons

Tens of thousands of pupils skipped lessons without permission each day during the spring term, official figures suggest.

Review for school which targets gangs

The Government has ordered a review of the rejection of plans for a free school aimed at breaking the link between teenagers and gangs.

MyKindaCrowd is shortlisted by Big Venture Challenge

MyKindaCrowd.com has got through to the final stages of the UnLtd Big Venture Challenge – a competition to reward 25 social entrepreneurs in the UK and boost investment in the sector.

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Improving public finances offer UK a glimmer of hope

The UK's public finances improved in July, official data showed yesterday, providing some cheer for George Osborne, the Chancellor, amid the market turmoil.

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