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15 changed over so far, but many more could follow, says Lord Adonis

Private schools voice lack of confidence in exams system

Britain’s leading independent schools tonight declared their lack of confidence in the GCSE and A-level exams system.

Chatham House: Lobbyist link with leading think tank

Britain's most prestigious think tank published a report by a lobbyist on a subject in which his client had a direct interest, The Independent has learnt.

School exams row inquiries launched

Urgent inquiries into "shocking" allegations that teachers were given unfair advice about upcoming exams were under way tonight amid rising concerns about standards.

Examiners caught tipping off teachers to help students pass

Education Secretary orders inquiry after examiner admits to 'cheating' the system

<i>IoS</i> letters, emails &amp; online postings (3 April 2011)

Having spent much of Saturday 26 March watching some 500,000 peaceful demonstrators go by my window in Piccadilly while a handful acted violently, I was dismayed by much of the news coverage, and commentary of the violent few and not of the larger public discontent. The Independent on Sunday was the exception among British newspapers. Your leader, "A march for fairness", was one of the few that viewed with perspective what is being done to Britain by the current Tory/Lib Dem coalition. I find it odd that my country and the brave British forces are fighting for those most despised and oppressed in Libya at great cost, while the UK Government and US Republicans are fighting our young, the old, the sick, our poor, and undoing our joint future.

How to stay ahead in your workplace

'You must take what you learn back to your work'

Clark's a bad loser, just like Wenger &ndash; and old Herbert

Spirit of Thirties is revived as young Huddersfield manager shares opposite number's fear of failure

Kieran &amp; the Joes in Success: a Success Story, Leicester Square Theatre, London

Three young men wearing white shirts and ties acting out themed scenes while their relationship dynamic changes through petty jealousies and annoyances sounds par for the course for the sketch genre, but there's enough of a twinkle in the eyes of performers Kieran Hodgson, Joe Parham and Joe Markham, and in the lines crafted by the cast and co-writer Tom Meltzer, that make this show a little above the average fare.

Travel Photographer of the Year 2010

The best travel photographs of 2010 will go on show later this month at the Travel Photographer of the Year exhibition.

Leahy on investors

Flush from reporting bumper profits, Tesco's chief executive, Sir Terry Leahy, warned that stock market speculators could harm UK business.

Workplace parking levies may be imposed by councils

Councils across the country are pushing ahead with plans to charge for parking at workplaces, it was disclosed last night.

Leading article: Channel hop

Sir Michael Lyons, the chairman of the BBC Trust, is good at changing his mind. For a long time, he argued that it was wrong to make public the salaries of the Corporation's top presenters and stars as this was commercially sensitive information. But on Wednesday he delivered a speech to a Voice of the Listener and Viewer seminar in which the chairman announced that he wanted "greater transparency about what the BBC pays its top on-air talent".

Name highest paid BBC stars, demands Trust chairman

BBC Trust chairman Michael Lyons has outlined a series of tough new demands for the Corporation, such as revealing details about the pay of presenters and the names of stars receiving the biggest salaries.

Diary of a Third Year: Faking interest will be invaluable for meetings

I'm a few days from the end of my degree. Three exams stand between the real world and me. The gravy train is kicking me off at the next stop. There will be no more chunks of cash each term from the Student Loans Company. My part-time job will have to become a full-time one and letters will arrive demanding the council tax, from which I will no longer be immune.

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