David Holbrook: Writer and inspirational teacher who worked towards his vision of a national culture open to the entire nation

David Holbrook was one of a remarkable quartet of socialist-minded officer conscripts who returned from the Second World War fired with the ambition and gifted with the talent to give their particular corner of the nation's education moral and egalitarian purpose, to recover the people's culture for the people, above all to make the splendours of a national literature the property of the whole nation.

Rush for university places goes on

More than 3,600 places have already gone through the clearing system, as students continue to chase the last remaining university vacancies.

A reject reports: 'I'm glad I didn't go to university'

For students disappointed by their A-level results, it's not all bad news. Forgoing a degree was the making of Lisa Markwell. Here she explains why entering the world of work as a teenager was exhilarating and rewarding

Another record year for A-levels prompts frantic university scramble

Record numbers of students embarked on a frantic scramble for a dwindling number of university vacancies last night.

Boys close the gap on girls in key subjects

Boys have dramatically closed the performance gap between them and girls as a result of knuckling down to exams because of the recession, yesterday's A-level results show.

Joan Smith: A-level results that should shock us

Pupils at private schools, which educate only 6.5 per cent of children, achieved 30 per cent of A* grades at A-level this year

Leading article: Choices for the future

Countering the bad news about the continuing decline of traditional modern languages is this year's sharp rise in the number of those taking maths and the sciences. These subjects have seen a 6 per cent increase or more in entries – significantly more in the case of chemistry. As for university applications, physics is back in the top 10 subjects for the first time in almost 10 years.

Leading article: Celebrate success, but our school system fails too many

Divisions are glaring, not just between state and independent schools, but within the state sector

Students scramble for university places

Record numbers of students began fighting for the last remaining university places today as the A-level pass rate rose for the 29th year in a row.

Record number eligible for clearing

A record number of students are eligible for clearing compared to the same time last year.

David Measures: Artist whose work blended scientific curiosity with luminous beauty

Thanks to his enthusiasm, mischievous jollity and self-effacing charm, not to mention his distinctive looks, the painter, naturalist and art-school teacher David Measures cut a memorable figure. His virtuoso skill as a painter and his wide-eyed fascination with the natural world combined to create pictures of such delicate intensity that they rival those of John Ruskin.

Warning as pupils win plaudits

Teenagers won plaudits for their record-breaking A-level results today as union leaders warned that young people are being "badly let down" by the Government.

Candles shine new light on diamonds

Candle flames contain millions of tiny diamond particles, a university professor has discovered.

'Traditional' A-levels should have higher value says minister

"Traditional" A-level subjects should be valued more highly in the race for university places, a Government minister said, as thousands of students prepared to receive exam results today.

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