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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.”

Wrangler's - Urban cowboys

Wrangler's new collection blends the brand's workwear heritage with grungy modern art. Longevity is in the jeans, says Harriet Walker

Nearly a third of children will leave primary school 'failing'

Almost a third of 11-year-olds could leave primary school this summer without a good grasp of reading, writing and maths, it was suggested yesterday. The prediction came in advance of the new figures published by the Government on the proportion of primary school pupils reaching the level expected of them in the basics.

Third of primary pupils 'failing'

Almost a third of 11-year-olds could be leaving primary school this summer without a good grasp of reading, writing and maths, it was suggested today.

200,000 face university disappointment

More than 200,000 university applicants will fail to get places this year, the head of the admissions service has warned, in a repeat of last summer's chaotic scramble following the publication of A-level results.

Question mark over A* grade as Oxbridge hopefuls miss out

More than 12,000 students with at least one A* grade pass at A-level will be turned away from Oxford and Cambridge this year.

All4One hammers home an emphatic win

Magnifique! Wunderbar! The Franco-German All4One hammered home an emphatic win in the high-scoring coastal race off Sardinia to extend its lead in the Audi MedCup.

Quantum dominates on second day of the Sardinia Trophy

Picking themselves up, dusting themselves down, and starting all over again, the American team Quantum banged in a second and a first on the second day of the Sardinia Trophy, the third of five regattas in the Audi MedCup series.

Figures reveal university divide

Graduates face wildly differing job prospects depending on the university they attended, official statistics show.

Richard III, Old Vic, London<br/>Lullaby, Barbican Pit, London<br/>The Beggar's Opera, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, London

Spacey swivels between hand-twirls and hollering in Mendes's 'stagey' production

First Night: Richard III, Old Vic, London

Mendes, Spacey and a flick of S&#246;ze &ndash; this is not the usual 'Richard III'

Stevie Nicks: 'Love is fleeting for me...in my life as a travelling woman'

On the eve of her first solo album release in 10 years, the Fleetwood Mac songstress talks to Simon Price

US dominates opening regatta of Audi MedCup

The trend was upwards for the Brits but dominant for the Americans in the opening regatta of the 2011 Audi MedCup as new skipper Ed Baird and the crew of Quantum posted five wins from nine starts.

Rán win 1.5-point scoring coastal race off Cascais

It has taken seven races of its first regatta, but there was huge satisfaction for the crew of Rán and its owner helmsman Niklas Zennström as they won the 1.5-point scoring coastal race off Cascais in the Audi MedCup.

New boats prepare for start of Audi MedCup

A baptism of bubbly, with glitches, for two of the new boats in the new Audi MedCup turns into a baptism of fire when the start gun for the first race sounds off Cascais, Lisbon on Wednesday.

Damien Iehl wins Match Race France

Match Race France was won in France in a final contested by two Frenchmen as the opening of the 2011 World Match Racing Tour was brought to a brisk end. A Mistral was threatening to scream through Marseille at 40 knots on what was originally scheduled to be the finals day, Sunday.

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