Many parents are in favour of at least some state school places being allocated randomly

Parents increasingly coming round to the idea of ballots for school places

A growing number of parents support the idea of ballots to determine which children are successful in applying to oversubscribed schools, according to a new poll published today.

One in two women in the UK now have university degrees

Britain has one of highest rates of university participation - yet literacy remains low

The drive to send more British people to university has failed to produce a rise in literacy and numeracy skills, a major international study has revealed.

Professor Sir Christopher Snowden, president of Universities UK, will warn that the Government’s clampdown on immigration has created a “strong, adverse perception” to foreign students of the reception they will receive in the UK

University chief Sir Christopher Snowden claims Government immigration policy puts off foreign students

Research shows the first fall in overseas recruitment for almost three decades

Pre-school can boost pupils’ later grades and their life earnings, according to the EPPSE study

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Boost from pre-school education is equivalent to gaining seven B grades at GCSE rather than seven C grades

Former Chief Inspector of Schools Chris Woodhead

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The trailblazing and divisive former Ofsted head, Sir Chris Woodhead, tells Richard Garner of his plans for a new academcy chain, why Cameron was wrong to get rid of Gove and how motor neurone disease has made him refocus on education and life

Numbers game: Reforms have included tougher maths for primary school pupils

Inspiring teachers say they lack the freedom to excel

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Nicky Morgan, the Education Secretary, strongly denied the report

Conservative manifesto: Tories favour 'setting' in schools, but won't enforce it

A conference of education researchers sent a message to the PM that Ofsted would fight such a move if it became an election pledge
The new Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has not ruled out for-profit state schools

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The Conservatives are under pressure to say whether they will allow state schools to be run for profit, after the new Education Secretary left the door open to the idea.

Parents who send their children to private schools are twice as likely to pay for extra private tuition, research suggests

Schools should use pupil premium to give disadvantaged children's private tuition, charity says

Move would help close gap with privately educated kids

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said there was 'absolutely no truth' in suggestions that Ofsted would be asked to promote setting

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan forced to deny plans to separate schoolchildren by ability

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has denied she is planning to force all secondary schools into introducing ability groups.

Sir David Attenborough said that Britain’s dense population meant that people had to make the most of the environment they had

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Sir David Attenborough has warned that schools are being forced to admit so many pupils that their children’s development is being threatened, raising the prospect of “great impoverishment, physically, intellectually and spiritually”.

A poster protesting against Michael Gove is displayed outside Oldknow Academy, one of the Birmingham Schools at the centre of the 'Trojan Horse' affair, earlier this year

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Investigators tell MPs of evidence of "very bad behaviour" at Birmingham schools

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

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