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New tougher exam to replace GCSEs

Education Secretary Michael Gove chose a west London school to announce a new exam to replace GCSEs. The Government is bringing in tougher O-Level style tests instead. It will be called the EBacc - which stands for English Baccalaureate.

When the new exams are introduced in 2015, every pupil will take them. This is what is said to be the biggest overhaul of the exam system in England since the 1980s. More from Nick Thatcher.


Judge rules that academy decision is 'rational'

Parents had argued that Downhills Primary was now thriving - and that turning it into an academy made no sense.

But, as he refused permission for a judicial review, Mr Justice Kenneth Parker said that it was a rational decision to turn it into an academy, in the light of the school's "egregious" past performance.

He said that it was clear that the Education Secretary "simply had no confidence" that the school would substantially improve if it remained within the control of Haringey Council.

On the other hand, he "believed firmly" that conversion to an academy would substantially improve performance.

Parents lose fight against academy status

Downhills Academy will be turned into an academy this September. Credit: London Tonight.

Campaigners have lost a High Court battle to prevent a Tottenham primary school being turned into an academy.

Parents of students at Downhills primary accused Education Secretary Michael Gove of "riding roughshod" over their wishes, when he decided that the school must be removed from local authority control.

They had launched a bid for judicial review - but today that application was turned down.