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Britain's biggest teachers' union said Government education reforms will harm the prospects of disadvantaged students in the future.
After A-level results were revealed today, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, said:
A teaching leader said he was "worried" about the huge variance in subjects chosen by girls and boys in their A-levels.
Brian Lightman, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said teachers should challenge stereotypical views:
There are of course plenty of alternatives to higher education. New figures show apprenticeships are becoming more popular as the cost of degrees rises, together with fewer job opportunities at the end of it.
Katie Rowlett has been to one of the region's largest employers, to see the apprenticeship scheme in action...
Today has been the biggest day so far in the lives of thousands of students across the region - A level results day.
Overall, top grades are slightly down but, as our Education Correspondent Richard Payne reports, there are still plenty of success stories...
The chief executive of Ucas said students who applied late or got lower A-level grades than expected could still choose from a large selection of courses.
Mary Curnock Cook said:
Students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are awaiting their A-level results tomorrow with many planning on going to university.
However a survey carried out for ITV News found that 36 per cent of students have more than £25,000 worth of debt.
It was also revealed that of those surveyed, five per cent turned to gambling while another five per cent used payday loans to cope with the debt.
ITV News' Consumer Editor Chris Choi reveals the lengths some students go to, to cope with the rising cost of going to university:
A record number of students have already been accepted on university courses with 385,910 securing a place, up nine per cent on this time last year, Ucas figures showed today.
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Thousands of students who do not get the results they hoped for still get places at university through clearing. Here's how it works.
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