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After A-levels

Thousands of sixth-form students across England are getting their A-level results. If you didn’t get what you wanted, it can be a really stressful day. But these teenagers have found other ways around not getting the grades they wanted from clearing, to apprenticeships and taking a gap year. ‘A-levels are ...

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A-level results in Northern Ireland show big rise in top grades

Image copyright Pacemaker Image caption Many students are expected to go to their school to find out their results The proportion of top A-level grades achieved by Northern Ireland students has risen significantly. A* or A grades were achieved in 30.4% of entries, a rise of 0.9% on 2016. More ...

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Top grade A-levels rise in Wales

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThere was joy for many but even those who did not get their expected results are hopeful of university places A-level results for the top grades are the best since 2009 in Wales, according to results published on Thursday. The proportion of ...

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Clearing placements at five-year high, early figures show

Image copyright PA Image caption Some students took new-style A-levels this year Some 11,180 students were placed on undergraduate courses in the UK through clearing in the first 24 hours after yesterday’s A-level results. Figures from the university admissions service, Ucas, show it was the highest number for five years. ...

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Former May adviser Nick Timothy calls student fees ‘a Ponzi scheme’

Image copyright PA Image caption Nick Timothy resigned as Theresa May’s chief of staff following the 2017 election University tuition fees are an “unsustainable Ponzi scheme” and should be radically reformed, Theresa May’s former chief of staff has said. Writing in the Telegraph, Nick Timothy likened the fees system in ...

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Learndirect rated ‘inadequate’ in Ofsted report

Image copyright Getty Images Training company Learndirect has been branded by Ofsted as “inadequate” – the worst rating the watchdog can give. Inspectors found not enough learners achieved the skills and qualifications to progress in work and education. It also found teaching performance was not managed well by the firm, ...

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Manchester attack: Georgina Callander had won university place

Image copyright Instagram/Georgina.Bethany Image caption Georgina Callander (left) was pictured with pop star Ariana Grande in 2015 A student who died in the Manchester Arena attack had won a place at university to study paediatrics, her mother has said. Georgina Callander was among 22 people killed when Salman Abedi detonated ...

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Teenagers to find out A-level results

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Hundreds of thousands of pupils will find out about A-level results and university places The long wait for A-level results is almost over for teenagers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. A drop in applications for university this year is expected to mean a ...

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Exam changes

Image copyright Getty Images Thousands of teenagers across England, Wales and Northern Ireland are receiving their A-and AS-level results. But, in England, there have been changes to this year’s A-level qualifications – the BBC News website sets out the changes. What is different about this year’s A-levels in England? Under ...

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Queen’s University survey is told of 170 sex attacks on students

Image caption The survey by Queen’s University, Belfast, is the first of its kind in Northern Ireland Almost 170 students at Queen’s University, Belfast (QUB) said they had been sexually assaulted, according to a survey conducted at the university. A further 246 students said that they had been the victim ...

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Learndirect training contract withdrawn over standards concerns

Image copyright Getty Images The government contract with one of the largest training companies in the UK, Learndirect, is to be gradually wound up over concerns about standards. A damning Ofsted report will be published on Thursday after the company failed to block it in the courts. The Department for ...

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Counselling domestic abusers cuts offending by third, say researchers.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Posed by models A radical counselling scheme for some domestic abusers cuts offending by a third, researchers say. The two-day course was more successful than other attempts to change behaviour, said Cambridge University. It places first-time offenders in group discussions in which they talk ...

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