Too close for comfort: Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates and Vera Farmiga as his mother, Norma, in 'Bates Motel'

Bates Motel: 'I don't want to mimic Anthony Perkins'

...but 21-year-old Freddie Highmore has the Psycho stare, he tells Gerard Gilbert, as he takes on one of the screen's best-known roles

Antonio Campos's blacker-than-black comedy Afterschool details the corruption and cruelty in an Ivy League prep school

Nicholas Barber's the watch list: Back to school films

They do school films so much better in France, it seems. If the new term has you in the mood for some scholastic entertainment, you could watch Truffaut's The 400 Blows (1959) or last year's François Ozon comedy, In The House. But start with Etre et avoir (2002, below), a quietly enchanting documentary that revolves around Georges Lopez, the sole teacher in a rural village primary. Lopez's patience and modesty (and pedagogical beard) are so moving the the film could have been called "Au Revoir, M. Pomme Frites". Try not to think about Lopez suing the producers, unsuccessfully, for a chunk of the profits.

‘Her expression is a rhapsody of wild boredom’: Bailey in ‘Educating Yorkshire’

Grace Dent on TV: Educating Yorkshire, Channel 4

An eyebrow-erasing encounter with Bailey, Kayleigh and the saintly Mr Mitchell

Researchers have found that those individuals who saw more pictures of their friends “partying or drinking” online were more likely to try smoking and drinking themselves.

The Facebook effect? Social media exposure increases smoking and drinking among teens

Study of high school students in California suggests that peer pressure is as effective online as it is in person

Postgraduates 'get better jobs'

New research suggests that staying on in higher education improves employment prospects

Teachers ‘mark pupils higher’ to lift rankings

Teachers are being put under pressure to “inflate” and “invent” pupils' marks in science coursework to improve their schools' GCSE results and boost their league table rankings, according to research being published today.

English children outperform Welsh and Scottish pupils at reading

Children in England are better readers at the age of seven than their counterparts in Wales and also make faster progress from the age of three than those in Scotland, according to new research published today.

Almost half of England's school districts will have more primary pupils than places in two years

Classes for five to seven-year-olds are being stretched beyond legal limit of 30

It pays to teach kids how much they'll earn

It might seem unfair to monetise aspirations, but failing to provide students with guidance on where they'll likely end up financially is a far greater disservice

'Good qualifications in English and maths are what employers demand before all others' - Michael Gove

Pupils who 'fail' GCSE English or maths will be forced to stay on at school and resit their exams

“Good results in English and maths are what employers demand before all others”

Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education

Once the euphoria dies down, academies face traditional problems

More students with good A-level grades are looking to apprenticeships

Editorial: For once, Michael Gove is right

We need more schools of different kinds, to give each child the best chance

Book review: Tampa, By Alissa Nutting

A paedophile tells all – we learn nothing

GCSE results: At least foreign languages provided a bright spot

A major increase in the take-up of modern foreign languages - the first for more than a decade - is being heralded as the brightest spot on the horizon in this year's GCSE results.

GCSE results 2013: Major slump in top-grade passes revealed as more pupils take exams early

A major slump in the GCSE pass rate is revealed today with the percentage of pupils getting five top grade A* to C passes suffering its biggest fall in the history of the exam.

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