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Trojan Horse report: Birmingham schools broke law with Islamic assemblies and banned sex education

The council had been warned about the problems before the Trojan Horse allegations but had 'failed to tackle them'

Competitive parents who want to give the best present have raised the stakes in classrooms across the country

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Chalk Talk: The closure of Harrowden Middle School in Bedford is an own goal

I have often written about headteachers facing the sack after a poor report on their school by Ofsted. Headteachers' leaders such as Russell Hobby, of the National Association of Head Teachers, and Brian Lightman, of the Association of School and College Leaders, call it "football manager syndrome".

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Chalk Talk: Prominent education figures feature in Queen's Birthday Honours list

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