Eton College, where David Cameron was educated

General election will see no increase in proportion of state-educated MPs, predicts study

New Labour candidates in winnable seats twice as likely as sitting MPs to have gone to independent schools

Carl Lygo, vice-chancellor of BPP university

Student tuition fees ‘going towards vice-chancellors’ pay’

"I just don’t think students are getting value for money"

Cursive handwriting will be scrapped from the Finnish education curriculum and replaced by lessons in keyboard typing

Finland to remove cursive handwriting from education curriculum

The move has sparked debate over the future of handwriting in the classroom

Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt meets with pupils during a visit to Little Ilford School, London, where Hunt launched a plan for 'zero tolerance' of homophobic language and bullying in schools in England

Labour would train teachers to eradicate homophobic bullying

Tristram Hunt: "Bullying is damaging the life chances of so many young people"

More than £800m a year is being wasted on students who drop out of apprenticeships and A-level courses because their schools and colleges are more interested in getting 'bums on seats' than on guiding them to the right subjects

Dropout generation failed by colleges: £800m a year wasted on students who quit courses they should never have been signed up to

Local Government Association warns that 178,000 dropouts run the risk of becoming ‘Neets’

Leeds University, left, and Truro College in Cornwall (Alamy)

Thousands of students shun universities in favour of studying for their degrees at local further education colleges

Convenience and more one-to-one contact with lecturers behind 11.8 per cent rise in the number of undergraduates studying at FE colleges

Michael Gove was sacked after Tory election strategist Lynton Crosby described him as ‘toxic’ (AFP)

Sacked Education Secretary Michael Gove still sees papers via allies allowing him to 'back-seat drive' department

Exclusive: The Chief Whip doesn’t want his controversial school reforms watered down by his less abrasive successor, Nicky Morgan

The findings will reassure parents concerned that their children could lose out

Foreign pupils don't harm grades of English speakers

Findings will reassure parents

The secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain Dr Shuja Shafi (centre) told head teachers that Muslims are still happy to sign up

Muslim leader: 'Teaching British values in schools creates atmosphere of suspicion'

Dr Shuja Shafi told head teachers that Muslims are still happy to sign up

Despite millions of pounds of government money, the gap in performance between poor and better-off pupils has increased

School league tables reveal gap between rich and poor pupils has increased by 7 per cent

Inequality now stands at 27 percentage points

The number of secondary schools failing to reach government minimum targets for exam performance has more than doubled

School league tables: Number of schools failing to reach minimum government GCSE targets doubles

Failing schools could be in line for a takeover by a new sponsor and be forced to become an academy

Hundreds of secondaries, including many top private schools, have seen their GCSE results plummet to zero

GCSE league tables slammed as a 'nonsense' by private schools

Some combinations of English GCSEs and some international GCSEs do not count in the rankings

Oldknow Academy, one of the Birmingham Schools at the centre of the 'Trojan Horse' affair

Trojan Horse schools are 'still under threat’

Schools at the centre of the Trojan Horse affair in Birmingham are in danger of falling to extremists again, chief schools inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw has warned.

Dr Anthony Seldon, head of Wellington College: 'It is a deplorable waste of talent'

Black and Asian school-leavers 'more likely' to attend university

New figures show that two out of three state secondary schools do not send a single pupil to Oxford or Cambridge

Innovator: Birkbeck College is part of the University of London

Birkbeck College academic investigated after allegations of 'research misconduct'

Professor David Latchman and members of his research team have retracted or corrected up to eight studies following an inquiry by fellow academics

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