The secret of my success: How five high-flying graduates made it

Exorbitant university fees, high youth unemployment... Things look bleak for the next generation. What does it take to land a top job in our most elite professions?

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Out of the Ordinary: Jane Cruickshank exhibition - picture preview

An exhibition of the work of Jane Cruickshank opens at a gallery in Stow on the Wold, Gloucestershire over the weekend.

Alarm over decline in pupils studying languages

A further dramatic slump in the number of pupils taking modern-languages GCSEs is alarming exam boards and teachers' leaders.

Richard Garner: This is all about school rankings in league tables

It started with the SATs tests for 11-year-olds. Now GCSE candidates in maths and English are being put forward for exams to bolster their schools' league table positions.

Tottenham students come up with their own answers

Kevin Martin holds his results envelope up high. "It's good, man," he says. Three Bs and three Cs along with a merit and a distinction in two BTEC courses; Kevin, a pupil at Tottenham's Woodside High School, has the grades to go to college like so many of his classmates, who are now destined for one of north London's sixth-form colleges to study for their A-levels.

Changing My Mind, By Zadie Smith

This choice of her occasional essays displays the best of Smith as critic, memoirist and all-round wrangler with arts and ideas. She emerges as thoughtful but never pompous, agile but never glib, witty but never cruel, with heart and head sweetly aligned.

Fears for pupils celebrating GCSEs

Teenagers won widespread praise for their GCSE results today as union leaders raised concerns that the Government has betrayed young people by stripping away their future chances.

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Chalk Talk: This diploma is supposed to be a rival to A-levels but it fails the test

Spare a thought for what we used to call, in those bygone Labour days, "the Government's flagship diploma programme". Remember then-Education Secretary Ed Balls' assertion that it could rival or even overtake A-levels as the traditional route in education for 16 to 18-year-olds?

Blood pressure testers not fit for purpose

Up to one-quarter of the six million people being treated for high blood pressure in the UK may have been misdiagnosed.

Expensive universities to lose student places

Even Oxford and Cambridge will lose students as ministers free up 20,000 places at cheaper universities

David Lister: No booking fees please, Mr Anschutz

Theatre-goers, music lovers and sports fans should take an interest in the news that Philip Anschutz and his AEG company are to take on the ticketing agency Ticketmaster with a rival ticketing service, AXS.

UK firms look set to fail to meet board gender targets

While no firms dare speak against the notion of gender diversity, excuses used by members of the FTSE 350 are believed to include that their industry is too specialised
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