Tristram Hunt tells headteachers he will reject 'alpha-male compulsion' of a 'reforming legacy'

The shadow education secretary was speaking at the Association of School and College Leaders

Leading edge: Mary Bousted, who has been general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers for 12 years

Why teachers are so angry: Botched education reforms, increased workload, meddling ministers...you name it!

Even the ATL, the most moderate teaching union, has been on strike twice during the lifetime of this government. Its leader, Mary Bousted, tells Richard Garner what action is needed to defuse the discontent
Bright children who lack “grit” and “resilience” are more likely to end up with worse jobs and lower salaries than their classmates with good social and emotional skills, according to a new study.

Character is the key to poorer children securing top jobs, says study

The research called for schools to put more focus on improving personal traits

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Team is parachuted in to raise morale and marks at St Aldhelm's Academy in Poole

Three years ago St Aldhelm's Academy had the worst GCSE results in the UK and was temporarily closed after a damning Ofsted report called it 'dysfunctional and unsafe'

Future First scheme aims to get state school alumni back into classrooms

The education charity has added its 100,000th recruit to a growing army of people acting as role models to the future generation

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The winner for the under nines cast the story of Cinderella into the present day

Centre stage: the actor Sir Ian McKellen, visits a school to talk about the effects of homophobia

LGBT History Month: Pupils discuss topics from Sappho to same-sex marriage

There are plenty more lessons to be learnt, says Stonewall's Chris Sims
Anna (in background) and Belle McLoughlin

When should summer-born children enter the classroom?

It's a fraught question, answers to which tend to favour more educated families. Sarah Cassidy on a lottery of the seasons
On average, families with school-age children spend £316 a year on items for a child at a state secondary and £251 annually on average for a child at a state primary

High price of school uniforms leaves children at risk of bullying

95 per cent of mothers and fathers think school uniform costs are “unreasonable”

Should academies and free schools be allowed to hire unqualified teachers?

In Sweden - the first country to introduce the controversial programme - they now have to hire qualified teachers and follow its national curriculum

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

Punctuality, respect, constant exams: How Dame Sally Coates turned Burlington Danes around

Strong measures were needed to raise standards at the Academy in west London's White City, as Richard Garner discovers

Another brick in the wall: Plaza Tlaxcoaque, a square in central Mexico City (top) and children’s efforts to redesign it on Minecraft

Minecraft is much more than 'Lego online' - it's a creative classroom tool

Minecraft is the best-selling independent game of all time, but its use in the real world – in urban development, mapping, history and the arts – makes it a crucial resource for building the future, says David Crookes
Thinking inside the box: The Shed at Victoria Park Academy

Victoria Park Primary Academy uses initiatives such as a video diary shed to increase creativity

Once considered 'failing' by Ofsted, the school in Smethwick, West Midlands is now one of the top in the country, reports Richard Garner

Hold your horses on that exam league tables achievement, Thomas Telford School

The academy in Shropshire boasted that 100 per cent of its students had obtained five A* to C grade passes in last summer's GCSEs. Unfortunately, it's not true, says Richard Garner
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Can going to the theatre boost academic achievement?

Sarah Cassidy reports on Start - an initiative to link young people from deprived backgrounds with the arts - and how it is capturing young hearts and minds
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