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Richard Garner is The Independent's Education Editor.

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The new reforms have been introduced because of concern over the standard of computer technology teaching in the past

Five-year-olds to be taught vital computing skills like coding in schools

Parents will struggle to help five-year-olds with their homework now they are being taught computing skills for the first time, according to a survey published today.

A survey of 12 of the schools in the AET chain found that five required improvement and one was inadequate

Half of schools in UK’s biggest academy chain are failing pupils

David Hoare,  the new head of Ofsted, was until recently a trustee of Academies Enterprise Trust

Religious leaders want a ban on faith schools excluding pupils because of their beliefs

The number of children that can be selected on the grounds of faith should be limited to 50 per cent, says campaign group

All primary school children will receive free school meals if the Liberal Democrats have a role in the next government

Free school meals: Lib Dems promise to expand policy to all primary school pupils in next parliament

The policy will be included in a pre-election manifesto to be published later this week

Students at Sir Charles Kao University Technical College principal Mike McKeaveney

Hundreds set to start the year in new free schools

Latest tranche of classrooms include the first for disaffected teenagers and the first to take boarders, which is backed by Eton College
Around 38.7 per cent of their Year 11 (16-year-olds) entries were for the international version of the GCSE

Independent schools increasingly move towards the more traditional 'international' GCSE

Four out of five independent schools ditched GCSEs in at least one subject area in favour of the more traditional international version of the exam, according to figures released today.

As before, the weakest area was in the spelling, grammar and punctuation test

11-year-olds show improvement in basic literacy but 21% still haven't mastered 'three Rs'

More than 100,000 11-year-olds still cannot master the "three Rs", despite an improvement in national curriculum test results this year.

The study concludes that effective teaching is the most likely source for improving performance

‘No proof’ free schools improve performance

There is no evidence that Government investment in new education structures such as academies and free schools has had any impact on pupil performance, according to a major study.

Liam Byrne, Labour’s shadow Universities Minister

Shadow Universities Minister Liam Byrne floats university-business partnerships

Labour is promoting plans for new "technical universities", offering earn-while-you-learn degrees in technical subjects vital to the future of the UK economy.

Nigel Carrington said universities were being forced to take on more foreign students

University system geared towards foreign students could undermine our economy, says warns vice-chancellor

‘We educate overseas students to compete against us’, says Nigel Carrington

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