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article 03 December 2013 World
Teenagers in the UK are failing to keep up with youngsters in many Asian countries in tests in reading, maths and science (Reuters)
Low marks: report shows UK education is lagging behind

UK teenagers are failing to keep up with youngsters in many Asian countries in reading, maths and science, according to a new OECD survey. Where has British education gone wrong?

article 01 November 2013 UK
Numbers to replace GCSE A-G grades. (Getty)
'I got five nines!' Numbers to replace GCSE A*-G grades

Teenagers are to be graded from one to nine instead of A* to G in the biggest shake-up of GCSEs in the exam's history.

article 23 August 2013 UK
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What impact is A-level reform having on university hopefuls?

Students can no longer resit A-level exams in January, meaning some who miss their offer grades may forgo university altogether.

article 22 August 2013 UK
Q and A on what to do after receiving your GCSE results (Image: Getty)
Life after GCSEs: Q&A with careers adviser

As more than 700,000 teenagers across the country receive their GCSE results, National Careers Service adviser Vicky Coleman runs through the most common queries with Channel 4 News.

article 11 June 2013 UK
Education Secretary Michael Gove says enough is enough: the time has come to make GCSEs harder. Why is he taking action now and what is going to change?
by Gove promises 'more rigorous' GCSEs

Education Secretary Michael Gove says enough is enough: the time has come to make GCSEs harder. Why is he taking action now and what is going to change?

article 11 June 2013 UK
GCSEs in England are being reformed, with tougher exams replacing coursework and a new grading structure to tackle
Major GCSE shake-up will mean tougher exams

GCSEs in England are being reformed, with tougher exams replacing coursework and a new grading structure to tackle "rampant grade inflation".

article 07 February 2013 UK
Gove abandons plans to scrap GCSEs (R)
Gove abandons plans to scrap GCSEs

After mounting political pressure, Education Secretary Michael Gove tells parliament plans to replace GCSEs with a new English Baccalaureate Certificate will be shelved and existing exams improved.

post 23 January 2013
Read more from Jackie Long on her blog A very 'Govian' proposal for A-level reform

Is "Govian" a word? Obviously it's not but I think it ought to be. For today's A-level reforms, announced by the secretary of state for education, are, well...very Govian.

article 14 November 2012 UK
Michael Gove favours a return to old-fashioned school techniques, such as rote learning for challenging exams
Rote learning: easy as ABC - but is it as useful?

Education Secretary Michael Gove reiterates his determination to introduce a culture of tougher exams - but his desire to put rote learning at its core is going down surprisingly well.