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

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Growing numbers are resorting to educating their children at home

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

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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.

Under Lib Dem plans, sex education would start from the age of seven

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A report by Ofsted last year criticised the quality of sex education in state schools

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Parents pay half a million in housing premium for state school education

Wealthy parents are inflating property prices in areas surrounding good state schools, pushing poorer families out

Reg Bailey has claimed that the proliferation of smartphones and tablet computers is reducing the amount of time that families spend together

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Reg Bailey condemns too much time spent using technology, and not enough talking round the dinner table

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

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