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.”
University Of Buckingham
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Wednesday 29 July 2009
Information about the new car market is readily available, but it's far harder to track trends in the highly fragmented market for second-hand cars. Now, a wide-ranging new report published by British Car Auctions (BCA) fills the gap with a wealth of detail. It provides plenty of depressing reading for the trade but also concludes that the recession hasn't produced the sort of market meltdown that might have been feared.
Friday 24 July 2009
David Cameron would be swept into 10 Downing Street with a Commons majority of 218 if the Norwich North result was repeated across the country at the next General Election, Press Association analysis shows.
Friday 17 July 2009
A former police Royalty Protection officer was facing jail today after being convicted of masterminding a £3 million spread-betting and property scam.
Wednesday 08 July 2009
Strange things are happening to Europe's populations. Due to their low birth rates, Germany, Russia and several other European countries face a sustained, outright fall in their numbers – something that has never happened before in any advanced economy. Meanwhile many other countries face ageing stagnation. Yet the British population, thanks to high immigration, is projected to continue growing strongly.
Thursday 02 July 2009
We need yet another education White Paper like a hole in the head. At this stage of parliament it smacks of shameless electioneering. It also comes after 12 years of continual upheaval. The relentless push for change stems in part from the Government wanting to be seen to be making a difference. But, more importantly, it is because the big ideas and sweeping narratives do not always fit reality and so have disappointing outcomes.
Tuesday 23 June 2009
From the Monday Club to the Speaker's chair of the House of Commons, it has been quite a journey for John Bercow. But will the Tory MP for Buckingham be the Speaker the House of Commons, in its present humiliated state, needs?
Monday 22 June 2009
Tory John Bercow won the race to become Speaker of the House of Commons tonight.
Monday 22 June 2009
When Simon Oates saw his photograph on the cover of Radio Times, he knew he had found fame after almost 20 years as an actor. This plaudit came at the height of his run in Doomwatch (1970-72) as Dr John Ridge, one of a group of government scientists monitoring unscrupulous activities such as chemical-waste dumping, pollution and the commercial misuse of deadly toxins.
Thursday 18 June 2009
Most official thinking on truancy is mistaken. Truants are not usually criminal as educational officialdom and the police believe. Nor do truants usually come from bad families. Nor do they dislike school. Nor are they mostly working class. We live in a middle-class society in which most secondary school children do some truanting. This means that most truants are middle class. There are inadequate, school-phobic children but they are a small minority and do not influence other children much.
Wednesday 10 June 2009
The battle for the Commons Speakership was hotting up tonight as former Cabinet minister Margaret Beckett threw her hat into the ring.
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Saturday 14 February 2009
Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by Billy Crystal criticised for including 'racist' joke about Muslim woman
The Rotherham child abuse scandal is a tale of apologists, misogyny and double standards
What do immigrants really think of Britain? Polish immigrant's Reddit post goes viral
Scottish independence TV debate: Pumped-up Alex Salmond bounces back in bruising second round against Alistair Darling
Do you realise just how foolish the UK looks?
With Douglas Carswell joining Ukip, my party has taken another giant step forward
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