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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.”

Cushioned by the Speaker's chair, but ever the outsider

Unauthorised biography charts John Bercow's rise from right-wing ideologue

The University Debate: What the Ivy League can teach Britain

High costs are an accepted part of college education in the US – and they pay for world-class teaching. Dr Terence Kealey, vice-chancellor of Britain's only private university, argues that it's time we followed America's example

Wolves reveal plans to develop Molineux stadium

Wolves have announced they are to proceed with the first step in the redevelopment of Molineux at the end of the current season with the £16million pound construction of a new two-tier stand.

Savers face poorer deals with this year's ISAs

New rules on cash transfers mean many providers are reluctant to offer best-buy deals to customers looking to change allegiance

Speaker reveals he is a supporter of hunting ban

Commons Speaker John Bercow has risked further angering Tory MPs by revealing that he is a supporter of the hunting ban.

Postgrad Lives: 'Our group has a fascinating mix of backgrounds'

Jennifer Holmes, 63, is doing a D Phil in biography at the University of Buckingham, an independent higher education institution that operates outside the state system. Four decades ago, she read English at St Anne's College, Oxford.

<i>IoS</i> letters, emails &amp; online postings (9 January 2011)

Last Sunday's "People's guide to common sense" reveals our legislators' ineptitude. One change would put the economy on a sound footing and avoid another credit crunch: abolishing International Financial Reporting.

Estelle Morris leads call for exams at 14, not 16

The GCSE exam should be abolished and replaced with a series of "graduation" tests at 14, Estelle Morris, a former education secretary, has said.

Simon Starling: Never the Same River, Camden Arts Centre, London

Starling's show slips between histories as he brings together works from CAC shows of the past 50 years

Pilot charged with threatening to kill UKIP leader Nigel Farage

The pilot of the plane which crashed and injured Nigel Farage during a polling day stunt has been charged with threatening to kill the Ukip leader.

Foals, Dome, Brighton<br/>Clare Maguire, Xoyo, London

Foals show that kids with short attention spans can be transfixed by rambling yet clever songs

Report released into UKIP leader's aircraft crash

An air crash which left UKIP leader Nigel Farage severely injured on general election day was caused by a campaign banner, an accident report said today.

First fall recorded in A-level passes

The number of pupils gaining straight As in their A-levels has fallen for the first time on record, it emerged yesterday, following the introduction of more challenging questions this year.

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