Grammars fuel house price rise: Town renowned for its schools sees biggest increase anywhere in the UK during 2012

Grammars fuel house price rise: Town renowned for its schools sees biggest increase anywhere in the UK during 2012Property prices in Southend-on-sea, Essex up by nearly 15 per cent | UPDATED: 00:26 GMT, 27 December 2012 A town renowned for its grammar schools enjoyed a bigger rise in house prices this year than anywhere else in the UK, research revealed today.

Kent grammar schools plan overhaul of 11-plus to beat "middle-class tutor factor"

Schools plan overhaul of 11-plus to beat 'middle-class tutor factor' that sees some children coached from the age of five | UPDATED: 23:58 GMT, 18 December 2012 Grammar school entrance tests will be made ‘tutor-proof’ amid evidence that coaching for middle-class children begins as young as five.

Grammar test for every 11-year-old: Michael Gove unveils back-to-basics exam to drive up standards

Grammar test for every 11-year-old: Gove unveils back-to-basics exam to drive up standardsPupils will be tested on grammar and punctuation skills in new exams Government says 'too little attention' has been paid to core skillsOne in four pupils started secondary school this year without basic skills | UPDATED: 23:28 GMT, 16 December 2012 Back-to-basics: Plans unveiled by Michael Gove will see 11-year-olds tested on their grammar and punctuation in a drive to raise English standards A back-to-basics test of grammar and punctuation for all 11-year-olds has been unveiled by Michael Gove in a drive to raise standards in primary schools.