1. Making exams add up: the effects of aggregation

    Neil Stringer explains how we combine exam paper scores to produce a subject grade, what this means for grade boundaries, and why we maintain standards at subject level.

  2. In defence of brevity

    Alison Wood, Head of Education Policy, explains – succinctly – the importance of precision in short-answer questions

  3. Girls and STEM- the 'missing' numbers

    There may be concerns about the number of girls choosing STEM subjects at A-level, but tens of thousands more girls (and boys) are studying science post-16 than in the ‘90s. Anna Nagle digs into the figures

  4. ‘Unacceptably low’ levels of Maths and Physics in England?

    MP Liz Truss worries about 'science deserts' in parts of the country. We crunch some numbers to see if there is a geographical disparity in Maths and Physics uptake.

  5. Subject choice: survival of the fittest

    Who decides which subjects are offered as school leaving qualifications?