Chalk Talk: Teachers make friends with their enemy's enemies

Adversity does make strange bedfellows at times. There's a motion at the National Union of Teachers conference calling for the absolition of Ofsted.

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Taunton's policy of putting philosophy at heart of its curriculum is one of secrets of its success

Taunton School, in Somerset, is one of the country's leading independent schools, says Richard Garner

Teachers have been urged to look out for the warning signs of FGM among pupils

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Tens of thousands of girls in the UK are at risk or have already had an operation

The new guidance applies to England's primary and secondary schools

Primary school places: the appeals process

If you are one of the thousands of disappointed parents whose child has been refused admission to your first choice school, you can appeal.

In some parts of the country, one in five children will not get their first-choice primary school

Primary school places: Tens of thousands of children miss out on their first-choice

Tens of thousands of parents are bracing themselves for disappointment as they find out whether their child has been granted a place in their first-choice primary school for this September.

Chalk Talk: The '10-minute rule' can make all the difference to exam prep

Getting started with revision is the most difficult part of exam preparation for most people, and many of us could win prizes for avoiding things we don't want to do. But the 10-minute rule could make a difference.

Queen Elizabeth's Boys' School is situated in the heart of what would be described as very leafy, suburban territory

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Richard Garner visits the London institution that's ahead of its time

Many hats: the majority of children at St Matthew’s school, Blackburn, are from Muslim families

St Matthew's school in Blackburn shows that a multi-faith approach can pay dividends

At the Church of England primary school, all but a handful of the pupils are from Muslim backgrounds. Chris Evans pays a visit

Chalk Talk: David Blunkett goes back to schools - and universities

To Pearson plc for an evening with the former Secretary of State David Blunkett, who was reminiscing about his time in charge of the nation's education system.

Unsure which road to take after GCSEs?

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Listen to this: Rosie Mason live on air

Birmingham Ormiston Academy offers alternative grounding in broadcasting skills

It might not sound like a traditional learning environment but an academy in the Midlands is proving that traditional academic achievement can be combined with an alternative grounding in broadcasting skills. Richard Garner tunes in

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Last weekend's annual conference of the Association of School and College Leaders could really have been renamed "the two Michaels show".

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Ian Bauckham interview: ‘Let’s free schools from Ofsted’

The president of the Association of School and College Leaders believes that his school has a lot of tips it could pass on to institutions in similar circumstances

Chalk Talk: The 'culture of fear' is not just in the classroom

* Readers may recall the fearless private school head Steve Fairclough, of Abbotsholme School in Rocester, Staffordshire, who said performance-related pay for teachers should be used to create a "culture of fear" in the staff room.

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