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GCSEs 'need tougher pass mark to catch international rivals'
GCSE grades need to rise in England to catch up with high-achieving education systems, researchers say.

Childcare website 'must be improved', says Morgan
Thousands of parents are having problems using the Childcare Services website.

Prison visiting rules punish children, says charity
Barnardo's says linking visits to male prisoners' good behaviour is cruel to the children.

Three MPs quit Bath University roles over vice-chancellor pay
It follows criticism of the 451k salary of University of Bath vice-chancellor Prof Dame Glynis Breakwell.

New GCSEs 'hardest since O-levels'
Private school leader urges caution over interpretation of new grading system for exams in England.

More graduates leave Wales than arrive, report says
Graduate jobs have not been created by firms at the rate public sector jobs are lost, an expert says.

Cambridge University Press reverses China censorship move
Cambridge University Press restores access to sensitive China stories after academics protest.

Clearing placements at five-year high, early figures show
New figures show record numbers placed through clearing as universities seek to fill places.

Boys help to raise A-level grades
Boys overtake girls in top A-level grades - but university entries are down, with many places available.

Former May adviser Nick Timothy calls student fees 'a Ponzi scheme'
Theresa May's former chief of staff says the system is 'unsustainable' and should be reformed.

Malala gets Oxford University place
The 20-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner will study philosophy, politics and economics.

Learndirect rated 'inadequate' in Ofsted report
Too few learners and apprentices achieve the skills and qualifications to progress, report says.

Manchester attack: Georgina Callander had won university place
Manchester attack victim Georgina Callander would have studied paediatrics, her mother says.

Top grade A-levels rise in Wales
This is the best performance at the top A* and A grades at A-level since 2009.

A-level results in Northern Ireland show big rise in top grades
A* or A grades were achieved in 30.4% of entries, a rise of 0.9% on 2016.

Chatbot helps students choose courses
A chatbot at Leeds Beckett University is helping A-level students find the right university course.

Learndirect training contract 'wound down' over standards
Training company is barred from taking on new apprentices as Ofsted prepares to release critical report.

No reverse on 6.1% student interest rate
The government has ruled out any reversing on plans for higher interest charges on student loans.

Counselling domestic abusers cuts offending by third, say researchers
A radical counselling scheme for some domestic abusers cuts offending by a third, researchers say.

Children given free meals in school holidays
The Welsh government's 500,000 scheme offers the meals to children in deprived areas.

University of Northampton's new Waterside Campus
A topping out ceremony marks one year until the University of Northampton's new Waterside Campus opens.

Woman, 90, on sixth degree 'addicted' to studying
Joy Gibson, from Stratford-upon-Avon, re-entered academia at the age of 59.

Grenfell students staying positive on exam results day
Students at Kensington Aldridge Academy close to Grenfell Tower have been finding out their AS and A-level results

How much screen time should children have?
The former director of GCHQ Robert Hannigan supports children spending time online

Solve a puzzle like a University Challenge star
Monkman and Seagull give their top tips.

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