Students protest outside 10 Downing Street in London on Saturday. Photograph: EPA

Tens of thousands of A-level students in England are set to see their grades increased after a humiliating U-turn by the British government. Followin(...)

  Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children: ‘This is a totally different year for students, so we need go with fairness and equity first. Comparability of results to previous years should not be as important. Fairness and equity should trump comparability.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Leaving Cert students’ calculated grades should not be dictated by the past performance of their schools, the Ombudsman for Children has warned. Dr N(...)

The scene of the crash at Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire. Photograph: Sky News/PA Wire

Three people have been killed after a train derailed in northeast Scotland on Wednesday, the UK’s first fatal rail crash in more than a decade. Polic(...)

Pupils arrive at Kelso High School on the Scottish Borders as schools in Scotland started reopening on Tuesday. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

More than 100,000 Scottish exam grades that were marked down last week will be reinstated, by restoring results to those recommended by teachers, Scot(...)

JK Rowling wrote a blog post explaining why she found the phrase ‘people who menstruate’ to be ‘hostile and alienating’

JK Rowling had been tweeting warm, gushing messages to children who submitted drawings for her new book –“Eight? How can this have been done by an eig(...)

Robert Vaughan with his specimen cuckoo wrasse of 36cm, caught in Cork Harbour, in June 2019

The Scottish government has identified 12 groups of hazards, including fish farming, that may contribute to the decline of wild salmonids. It is well(...)

Italians take in fine weather  in the Ostia beach area, Rome,  on the first weekend of phase two of the easing of lockdown restrictions due to  the coronavirus pandemic, on Saturday. Photograph: Giuseppe  Lami/EPA

Coronavirus has infected more than 4 million people and killed more than 270,000, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University based on official d(...)

That Rangers don’t want Celtic’s retention of the trophy nailed down is as obvious as Tuesday follows Monday. Photograph: Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

Scottish football does not have a monopoly on toxicity. At times like these it just feels that way. In a period when serious discussions should be tak(...)

Former Scottish first minister Alex Salmond arrives at the high court in Edinburgh on Tuesday for the sixth day of his trial over accusations of sexual assault. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Former Scottish first minister Alex Salmond told a court that some of the 13 sexual offences charges he faced were “political fabrications” while othe(...)

Former first minister of Scotland Alex Salmond: denies all 13 charges including one of attempted rape, one of intent to rape, two of indecent assault and nine charges of sexual assault. Photograph: Russell Cheyne

A female civil servant has accused Alex Salmond of trying to force her to re-enact a painting of an older man kissing a “scantily clad” woman by Scott(...)

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