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Michael Gove has welcomed a new staff organisation for teachers who don't want to strike. But just how many will actually join it?

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Fresh start: pupils at the redesigned Park View School

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The warning signs could not have been clearer when Lindsey Clark decided to apply for the headship she has now had for just over a decade. As she flipped through the magazine of ASCL (the Association of School and College Leaders), it said bluntly: "If you are going to apply for a job at Park View, ring us." The school, in a deprived inner-city area of Birmingham, was bottom of the performance league tables. Only 4 per cent of pupils were obtaining five top A* to C grade passes at GCSE.

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Chalk Talk: Teachers find it's even grimmer up north

To the North of England Education Conference in Sheffield last week – a quaint little ritual whereby the great and the good in the world of education gather in January in one of the areas of the country most likely to be snowbound.

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Pressure to study academic subjects is leading to thousands of teenagers dropping out of A-level studies, according to a report to be released today.

Mind your (minority) language: Welsh, Gaelic, Irish and Cornish are staging a comeback

Thanks to impassioned campaigners, Welsh is in fine fettle, and other minority languages are also on the up, as Holly Williams discovers.

Lessons in love: pupils at Edmund Waller Primary School in London meet baby Zoe

Can babies help reduce violence and bullying in primary-school children?

A unique scheme aims to encourage empathy in pupils by helping them get to know a local baby. Richard Garner sits in on a class.

Chalk Talk: Why shouldn't we help white, working-class boys aim higher?

Just over 30 years ago – when I first started reporting on education – it was all about giving women equal opportunities and encouraging them to apply to university. There was concern that too few had the aspiration to go on to higher education or were likely to opt for economically important subjects such as science and engineering.

Chalk Talk: A New Year resolution that Gove won't be adopting

Peace on earth and goodwill towards all men and women soon evaporated in the education world with the coming of the new year.

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