Stewart Sutherland and his wife Natasha, leave Telford Magistrates' Court in Shropshire

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Malaysian students with a host couple in Herefordshire

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Fair play? There is evidence that overly aggressive coaching is counter-productive

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The coach of Chalfont St Peter's under-10s football team was relieved of his duties after he sent an email to parents that said: "I am only interested in winning"

Graham Allen, MP for Nottingham Central, claims that Ofsted has amounted a 'blitzkrieg' on the schools, leaving dedicated teachers demoralised

Nottingham: City where six schools are classed as failing by Ofsted

Nottingham schools have received one of the worst Ofsted reports, leaving teachers and schools demoralised says Nottingham MP 

Home from home: pupils in their rooms

State comprehensive boarding school Royal Alexandra & Albert offers best of both worlds

Pupils are happy because they go riding and can sleep overlooking beautiful parkland, while their parents enjoy paying state boarding-school fees rather than independent prices

Chalk Talk: New approach to music strikes the right notes

To the Royal Albert Hall last week for the annual "Schools Proms" concerts.

Ready and able: Mark Stevens on campus at the University of Worcester

First disability coaching degree will produce generation of teachers trained to help aspiring Paralympians

The Sports Coaching Science with Disability Sport BSc was introduced by the University of Worcester in the afterglow of the London 2012 Paralympics

Chalk Talk: The Bard brought to life by Doctor Who

David Tennant will be beamed into up to 3,000 schools next week as part of a venture to bring live theatre closer to the hearts and minds of schoolchildren.

Students at work on the building of the Meditation Hut

Bedales School's innovative new assessment course shuns GCSEs

The school is recapturing its founding focus of 'head, hand and heart' with the innovative new assessment. As Richard Garner finds, the pupils learn by doing

Chalk Talk: Free schools and fisticuffs

Just a few thoughts about the latest controversy over the Government's flagship free schools scheme.

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