Professor Robert Coe, from Durham University: “This seems to underline the view that improvements in GCSEs and some other examinations have had more to do with grade inflation than real sustained improvements over time.”
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Simon Calder's Helpdesk: Should I buy a separate ticket for a side trip from Australia to New Zealand?
Thursday 16 May 2013
Q I am attending a conference in Melbourne in September, and have been able to secure an extra five days off at the end of it. I want to take a side trip to New Zealand. Should I book a separate ticket or get the flights to and from as part of my main ticket?
John Slater, Stafford
Wednesday 15 May 2013
It is as vital for the European Union as it is for the UK that this country remains within Europe, the chief executive of the London Stock Exchange Xavier Rolet declared today.
The mystery of Shane Todd: Did US electronic engineer commit suicide – or was he murdered because he knew too many Chinese secrets?
Monday 13 May 2013
Parents claim son had been unhappy at work and feared 'heavy hands coming after him'
Monday 13 May 2013
Since agreeing to part company, last autumn, Frankie Dettori and Godolphin have each been tainted by unexpected scandal. Both, however, are now hoping for a fresh start. Next Monday, Dettori returns from a six-month drugs ban for his first freelance mounts following nearly two decades with Godolphin. In the meantime, however, Sheikh Mohammed’s elite stable – rocked by an eight-year suspension for the trainer Mahmood al-Zarooni, over the administration of anabolic steroids – is itself beginning to stir back into life. Saeed bin Suroor, the trainer who had been leapfrogged by Zarooni prior to his former assistant’s disgrace, hopes to resume business as usual at Newbury on Saturday by winning the JLT Lockinge Stakes for a fifth time.
Saturday 27 April 2013
Friday 19 April 2013
Filofax, the maker of the leather personal organisers associated with Yuppies in the 1980s, is close to being sold to an unnamed party.
Thursday 11 April 2013
The disgraced former French Budget Minister, Jérôme Cahuzac, has become a pariah forced to sleep some nights in his car, it has emerged.
Wednesday 10 April 2013
A “devastated” President François Hollande has announced a series of actions to clean up French public life in the wake of the Jérôme Cahuzac tax evasion scandal.
Anti-corruption officials quiz referee and two assistants in global probe into football match-fixing
Thursday 04 April 2013
Anti-corruption officials in Singapore have accused three Lebanese match officials of receiving free sexual favours in exchange for agreeing to fix a match in an international football tournament.
Thursday 28 February 2013
Australian police today announced their largest ever seizure of methamphetamine, an illicit drug known as ice, that was smuggled into Sydney hidden in shipments of chemicals from China.
Wednesday 27 February 2013
Match-fixing bans imposed on 74 players and officials from Italy and South Korea have been extended worldwide by Fifa. The move comes two days after the governing body announced that bans on 58 Chinese football officials and players would also be enforced worldwide.
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