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Sir Michael calls for tests abolished almost a decade ago to be reinstated amid concerns over standards in maths and English

Grace Hopper: 107th birthday of American computer scientist marked with Google Doodle

The American computer scientist and United States Navy Rear Admiral has been honoured with a Google Doodle on what would have been her 107th birthday.

Nothing: From Absolute Zero to Cosmic Oblivion, Edited by Jeremy Webb - Paperbacks review

What goes on in our brains when we’re not thinking? Why do some animals lounge around all day doing nothing? Is outer space completely empty? Why did it take so long for the number zero to be accepted? These are just some of the questions discussed in this intriguing collection of essays on “nothingness” by science writers including Ian Stewart, Marcus Chown, Nigel Henbest, Michael Brooks, Paul Davies and David Fisher.

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This week we found out that British schoolkids are still as thick as ever, according to the PISA tests comparing 65 different countries for maths, reading and science. While the politicians argue over who's to blame, TV already knows – it's those bloody lazy teachers.

Oxford University, a member of the Russell Group that is against more places

Top universities warn ‘quality’ is at risk with more students

Russell Group comes out in strong opposition to the Chancellor's plans to raise student numbers by up to 60,000 per year

Autumn Statement 2013: Chancellor guarantees funding for 30,000 student places next year

Proceeds from selling off the student loan book will fund an extra 30,000 university places next year, with no cap at all placed on numbers the year after.

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Ditch French and German lessons for Mandarin, says David Cameron as his visit to China draws to a close

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Chinese students excelled in maths and reading, with the Shanghai region winning in both categories

The Pisa global league table overlooks cultural factors that incentivize learning

It is cultural norms in communities that orient children towards education

Richard Garner: PISA test results are a disappointment but we should look to the future

There is no way that the results of this year’s international PISA test results can be summed up as anything other than a disappointment for the UK.

Half a million 15-year-olds were tested in 65 countries - and we were 26th in maths and 23rd in reading

Bottom of the class: UK literacy and numeracy standards slip down international rankings

Half a million 15-year-olds were tested in 65 countries - and we were 26th in maths and 23rd in reading

Immigration stats are bad news for the Government, but worse news for Britain

Reducing the number of foreign students runs directly against the UK's best interests

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker celebrates the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace

Per Mertesacker would welcome 'reward' of new contract at Arsenal

The Germany international says he is beginning to feel settled at the Etihad

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