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Science careers favour rich, male Asians, according to research

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Public Concern at Work said many teachers had been left unsure who to approach when they saw something wrong at work

Academy and free school staff increasingly forced to whistleblower helplines to report problems

Public Concern at Work reports a 57 per cent rise in complaints

Sir Michael Wilshaw, head of education standards watchdog Ofsted

'Trojan Horse' schools which are ‘taken over’ by Islamist ideas are still not improved

Trustees were kept in the dark about a school trip to Saudi Arabia

Nicky Morgan, left, will announce the policy with David Cameron

David Cameron plans new powers to replace poor headteachers and governors

Special commissioners would be able to sack governing bodies and bring in new teachers

Dominic Cummings, pictured here with Michael Gove has hit out at Sir Michael Wilshaw

Michael Gove’s former adviser Dominic Cummings attacks Ofsted head as ‘dishonest’

Controversial figure hits out at Sir Michael Wilshaw

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Experiment will show whether teenagers perform better - after a lie-in

Pupils to be given an hour more in bed to see if their exam results can be improved

Michael Wilshaw, the chief inspector of schools

Good schools to have more Ofsted inspections to prevent slippage

Schools ranked as "good" by inspectors are to face more frequent inspections under new proposals to be unveiled by education standards watchdog Ofsted today.

Professor Andrew Hamilton said the Government’s stance was having a harmful effect on the UK’s interests

Oxford University boss attacks UK's immigration policy for harming academia

Professor Andrew Hamilton claims policy "baffles" him

Board change: US players have 5,000 new words to play with

Half of Britons can't spell 'fluorescent' without spellcheck, literacy study finds

More than one in five would panic if they found themselves without spellchecking technology

Exam results for disadvantaged children remain 'shockingly low'

Teachers still expect less of poorer students

Children from deprived backgrounds are being let down by teachers who have low expectations of poor students, leading to a “shocking gap in performance” between rich and poor, according to a new report.

High house prices prevent poor parents from moving closer to top schools, so denying their children an opportunity

School places allocation: Lottery is 'fairer' way of deciding who gets top school places, report says

Families who cannot afford to live near choicest institutions 'should not be penalised'
Children's author Michael Rosen is among the signatories of a letter stating concern at the extreme pressure placed on school pupils

Authors, teachers and parents launch revolt over 'exam factory' schools

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Bribing teenagers doesn't pay off when it comes to exam results

Cash rewards ‘don’t improve GCSE exam results’, new research finds

Researchers concluded that parents and schools would do better to take struggling students on a day out instead

The way they were: 1963, cadets line up at Alleyn's School in West Dulwich for former Guards Sergeant Eric Randall, their Quartermaster

Cadet forces under threat as independent schools face up to funding cut

Leaders representing 250 of the country's elite private schools say move could end military traditions

Joint sessions would be arranged between sixth-form teachers and university lecturers to see if the sixth-form staff could pass on tips

How to teach teenagers: Independent schools to provide lessons for university lecturers

Move follows students' complaints from about standard of teaching they receive in first year

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