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A level fiasco

A level fiasco

20,000 students' A-levels 'too low'

AT least 20,000 students who sat A-levels this year may still have lower grades than they deserve, a new report warned today.

Parents poised to sue over school standards

LOCAL authorities across Scotland are facing a flood of litigation from parents who claim their children are not being given the education promised to them in new schools’ legislation, The Scotsman can reveal.

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Reshuffle gives Reid key role in Scotland

JOHN Reid is set for a key role in next year’s Scottish Parliament elections after being made chairman of the Labour Party in yesterday’s Cabinet reshuffle.

Lessons to be learnt from Morris's exit

SELDOM does Tony Blair agree to a resignation without a long and damaging struggle. Rarely does a minister go without a gun to their head. And hardly ever does one quit saying they were simply out of their depth.

Blow to PM as schools chief quits

ESTELLE Morris last night resigned as Education Secretary after telling the Prime Minister she did not believe she was up to her job.

Minister brave enough to admit faults

ESTELLE Morris had looked like a woman on the rack from the moment the A-level fiasco became public. Her body language told a story that her words never could.

Party chairman favourite to take over role and avoid reshuffle

CHARLES Clarke, the Labour Party chairman, last night emerged as the favourite to replace Estelle Morris.

Charles Clarke is new Education Secretary

Charles Clarke, the chairman of the Labour Party, has been named as the new Education Secretary, replacing Estelle Morris, who resigned suddenly last night.

Blair set to shuffle his Cabinet pack

TONY BLAIR was today considering the scale of a Government reshuffle sparked by the shock resignation of Education Secretary Estelle Morris.

Morris offers apology for exam fiasco

ESTELLE Morris, the English Education Secretary, last night apologised for the A-level exam grading fiasco and promised a "robust" system to re-establish confidence next year.

Morris 'unhelpful' in expulsion row

EDUCATION Secretary Estelle Morris today faced fresh criticism, after a council attacked her "unhelpful" intervention over two schoolboys expelled for making death threats against a teacher.

Morris says death threat pupils must stay out

A TEACHER subjected to death threats by two of his pupils yesterday thanked Estelle Morris, the education secretary, for intervening in the case after she told his education authority the boys should not be allowed back into the same school.

No repeat of A-level chaos, promises Morris

ESTELLE Morris, the Education Secretary, yesterday promised to learn lessons from the A-level grading fiasco and make sure it never happens again.

Morris tells of sleep misery

EDUCATION Secretary Estelle Morris has admitted to suffering sleepless nights following the A-levels debacle.

Baccalaureate to basics

ENGLAND’S A-level exams, once the ‘gold standard’ that had to be passed to secure university entrance, are in the doghouse - devalued and debased by successive politicians and the educational establishment, who have consistently fiddled the results to hide falling standards of education in schools. Highers have not fared much better.

Exams chief: I was expelled for nothing

IT was an astonishing saga. If it had been used as the basis for an A-Level essay, it probably would have been dismissed as too fanciful and marked down.

Sacked chief calls on Morris to resign

ESTELLE Morris was facing calls for her resignation last night after the head of the exams watchdog in England claimed he had been made the scapegoat guy" for the A-level fiasco.

Morris 'interference' defended

THE A-level fiasco in England deepened further yesterday, after Estelle Morris sought to defend herself against accusations from her own exams watchdog that she improperly interfered with the system.

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