News from around the world of education and schools work:

Exams chief casts doubt on diplomas: The head of the country’s biggest exams board cast fresh doubt on the success of the Government’s new flagship diploma qualification.

Single-sex schools ‘are the future’: Differences in how male and female brains work mean single-sex schooling will make a comeback, a leading headmistress says.

Andrew Brown: The headteacher of Cheltenham Ladies College is right: less materialism could improve society

Tories promise to link exams to world benchmark: The Tories are to promise that, if they become the government, they will link exams to international benchmarks to ensure standards are maintained.

Quarter of 11-year-olds missing maths target: Nearly a quarter of 11-year-olds are failing to reach the expected level in maths at the end of primary school, according to a report from the National Audit Office that says the Labour government’s drive to improve the nation’s mathematical skills has “levelled off”.

More than third of schools failing pupils, Ofsted warns: More than a third of schools are not giving pupils a good education, inspectors warned.

Disabled boy given standing detentions that left him unable to walk: A private school unlawfully discriminated against a disabled pupil, the Special Needs and Disability Tribunal has found. The school made the 13-year-old boy, who suffers from a connective tissue disorder, stand still in detentions lasting up to 40 minutes, rendering him unable to walk afterwards.

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