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Students 'seriously under-challenged' by the books they are given at school, study claims

The survey found pupils prefer books that have been turned into movies

Ed Miliband has said that Labour would establish a committee on the arts, culture and creative industries

Ed Miliband: Labour will put arts at 'the heart' of government

Labour leader pledges to "strengthen creative education in schools and after-school clubs"

Nationally, 58.1 per cent of black pupils achieved the benchmark of five A* to C grade passes at GCSE – up 8.8 per cent since 2010

White pupils improve as much as ethnic minorities

A claim that standards in London schools only soared as a result of the capital’s ethnic mix is dismissed in research released today.

Peter Mandelson

Pressure builds on Labour to drop pledge to cut tuition fees from £9,000 to £6,000

Lord Mandelson has warned a cut in higher education funding could lead to cuts in vital courses such as science, engineering and maths

The figures are higher when it comes to secondary schools, with nearly one in three heads leaving

Tougher inspections prompt a quarter of headteachers to leave academies in 2014

Exodus of headteachers heralds recruitment crisis

Durand Academy in Stockwell, south London

Controversial Durand Education Trust faces 'misconduct or mismanagement' inquiry by Charity Commission

Chair Margaret Hodge also questioned the fact the headteacher earned £160,000 from a firm set up to run a leisure centre on the site in addition to his £229,000 salary

Hard headed: Dame Sally Coates in her new role as director of United Learning’s southern academies

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Raspberry Pi: second model helps tiny PC become Britain’s best selling computer

The company had hoped to sell “a few thousand” of the cheap computer — but has now sold 5 million

Students occupy a lecture room at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich

More UK students could head to Europe’s universities

Education institutions from across the European Union will be able to apply to join Ucas

The creation of the first British grammar school for more than 50 years looks increasingly likely to go ahead after David Cameron voiced his 'strong support' for the expansion of those that performed well

Grammar schools: David Cameron gives support to new expansion plan

PM: "I strongly support the right of schools to expand. That’s very important"

Director of the Tate, Sir Nicholas Serota

Creative subjects being squeezed out of poorer schools, says major arts study

Specialist arts teachers in state schools have declined by 11 per cent

The education select committee concluded that better PSHE (personal, social health and economic education) and SRE (sex and relationships education) has the potential to help efforts to address many ‘problems’ in society

Sex education: Ministers need to be bolder and act on their findings

The DfE failed to concede there is a great need for sex education

Sex education given in secondary schools ‘may already be too late’ for pupils

Sex education: Tories snub puts teenagers at risk of ‘pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases and exploitation’

Conservatives attacked over failure to make primary school lessons compulsory

Labour will aim to create at least 80,000 extra apprenticeships a year by 2020

Ed Miliband: 'Labour will create at least 80,000 extra apprenticeships a year'

Labour leader announces new industrial strategy

The Durand Academy in Stockwell, south London is one of the 4,400 academies under scrutiny

MPs want tougher controls over academy trust finances after revelations that directors have been allowed to develop 'inappropriate business interests'

Chair of Public Accounts Committee cites the case of a headteacher who enhanced his £200,000 salary with £160,000 from a private company he ran on school premises

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