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Another bumper year for TES news exclusives, with around 100 of our articles followed up by other national newspapers.

The TES repeatedly set the news agenda for education, taking a particular lead in uncovering the side-effects of Britain's testing culture. And we helped save a much-loved exam course from cancellation.

At the start of the year, a TES survey revealed that the school starting age for children had effectively slipped forward, with most now starting at four rather than five.

The paper also revealed that schools were spending thousands of pounds on sending CD borderline GCSE pupils to private tutorial courses in an attempt to boost their league table standings.

And we were the first to report that English teachers were refusing to follow a prescribed list of literary classics laid down by Alan Johnson, then Education Secretary.

In March, The TES disclosed that the OCR exam board wanted to axe England's last remaining A-level in ancient history. A campaign ensued, with a toga-clad Boris Johnson MP leading a demonstration outside Parliament. The decision was reversed.

In April, our report into how senior examiners were being paid hundreds of pounds to tell teachers how to beat the GCSE exam system was widely followed up.

In May, we contributed to the row over honesty in television by revealing complaints about vote-rigging on a BBC competition that was offering the winning school the chance to perform in Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.

In June, after surveying primary schools, we reported that four in five were re-introducing more creative theme-based teaching - a move that alarmed traditionalists.

In August, with A-level results looming, we showed how the exam board Edexcel's new system would give schools question-by-question data analysis on pupil performance.

And last month, The TES accurately predicted the gloomy findings for the UK from the world's leading international testing survey.

One theme - concern about the effects of testing, targets and league tables - has been a feature of much of the education year and has been covered extensively in these pages.

TES reporter Warwick Mansell's book Education by Numbers: The Tyranny of Testing charted the downsides of the current regime.

And last week, we were the first newspaper to reveal schools' reactions to the new tests now being trialled by the Government.

So roll on 2008 and remember: you read it here first.

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