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Wales orders regrade of GCSE English exams

12 September 2012

The Welsh government has demanded a regrade of this year's WJEC English GCSE results after education minister Leighton Andrews said he feared there had been an "injustice".


'It is about getting justice for all students'

12 September 2012

While the row over the grading of GCSEs in English rumbles on, Dorothy Lepkowska visits one school for which the impact of the grade boundary changes was particularly devastating.


Encyclopaedia Britannica returns to its Scottish home

6 September 2012

The Encyclopaedia Britannica may have ended its printed edition this year but every pupil in Scotland can now search a special online version for schools, which has been launched in Edinburgh, the city where it began in the 18th century.


Ofsted issues new term warning

6 September 2012

Ofsted has issued a back-to-school warning after its "satisfactory" category was officially scrapped on September 1.


Closures on cards in Northern Ireland

6 September 2012

Coalitions between Catholic and non-faith colleges are being ignored by a radical plan that will see dozens of Northern Ireland schools shut down or merged.



Teachers in limbo as free school opens

6 September 2012

More than 100 teachers are starting the new term unaware of whether they have jobs, following the creation of a new free school, on Merseyside.


Legal action threatened in GCSE grading row

6 September 2012

Headteachers have rejected Ofqual's decision not to regrade this summer's English GCSE and have threatened legal action. It comes as Michael Gove refuses to intervene, but promises to scrap GCSEs.


Wales considers going it alone on exams

6 September 2012

Wales's education minister is to consider whether to follow Scotland and create a more independent exam system in the wake of the row over marking GCSE English papers.



Naomi's GCSE composition hits the charts

5 September 2012

When Manchester teenager Naomi Higginson sat down to compose a song for her GCSE music coursework she never imagined it would be released as a pop single.


Fighting for citizenship

5 September 2012

As the government prepares to publish plans for curriculum reform, campaigners fighting to protect citizenship education are holding their breath.



Scottish councils promise to protect Olympic legacy

31 August 2012

Scottish councils have insisted they are committed to protecting or expanding school playing fields, amid a furore in the wake of the London Olympics about the sale of such lands by dozens of schools in England.


A tough year ahead

30 August 2012

Larry Flanagan has recently been appointed general secretary of the Educational Institute of Scotland, Scotland's largest teaching union, with members across all education sectors. Former headteacher Alex Wood asks him about the year ahead.


Fears over parental alcohol misuse

30 August 2012

As many as 93,000 children in Scotland are being adversely affected by their parents' alcohol misuse, according to a charity.


Study challenges digital native myth

30 August 2012

A study is challenging the idea that all young people are digitally savvy ― claiming that one in 10 rarely use the internet and that some do not know how to use email.


Website offers safety advice

30 August 2012

A national website offering help on child protection issues and support to vulnerable children and families has launched.



SFT savings pave way for 12 new schools

30 August 2012

Savings of £131 million by the Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) in the last financial year have enabled the country's school building programme to include an extra 12 new schools, according to the government.



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