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Meritocracy is a myth – so don’t judge people on their GCSE grades | Michael Segalov

Until pupils from all sections of society have an equal chance of success, exam results should not be taken at face valueOn exam results days, there’s now something of a social media tradition of those long out of the school system sharing stories of s…

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Social media pressures ‘driving up exam stress in girls’

Ahead of GCSE results, Girlguiding warns of expectation to post online and schools seeking acclaimPublicity-hungry schools and pressure to post results on social media are driving up exam stress among girls, the Girlguiding movement has said, after it …

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Poorer pupils twice as likely to fail key GCSEs

Analysis shows reversal in attainment gap between poor pupils and wealthy classmates Disadvantaged pupils are almost twice as likely to fail GCSE maths as their wealthier classmates, according to research that lays bare the attainment gap between rich …

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‘I don’t blame any teacher for not coming out as gay’

It took Iesha Small 10 years in schools before she felt she could be open about her sexuality. Here she explains whyI’d been a teacher for over 10 years before I felt comfortable enough to just be myself. I had settled into a rhythm. I wanted to be a g…

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Predicted grades are a lottery and work against the poorest students. Let’s get rid of them | David Olusoga

The evidence shows that the UK’s university entrance system is not only inaccurate but unfairAlong with never having got round to writing down our constitution and having a monarch who legally owns all the swans, one of the things that makes the UK a b…

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Inequality in the north of England is about far more than race | Kevin Malik

Too many people are held back in life – but dividing them into categories doesn’t helpObsession with the “white working class” distorts the picture of inequality in the north of England and warps policy. So says a new Runnymede Trust report, Class, Rac…