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To the Globe Theatre, where Shakespeare's 450th birthday celebrations have spawned a new initiative designed to help five- to 11-year-olds celebrate and appreciate the Bard's works.

Jack Hatch, the headteacher of St Bede Academy in Bolton (Jon Super)

St Bede Academy offers parents private nursery care as well as breakfast and after-school clubs

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I have this dream: I turn up to one of the teachers' union conferences and someone is on the rostrum extolling the virtues of their job and saying how happy they are in it.

Chalk Talk: Counting the cost of poor standards of university teaching

It was only to be expected: students are demanding more for their buck now that they are being charged up to £9,000 a year for their university courses.

A bright idea: Dr Tony Sewell, founder of the charity Generating Genius

Generating Genius began tutoring gifted Afro-Caribbean boys in science - now the charity is mentoring boys and girls of all races

In 2005, 10 gifted Afro-Caribbean boys were tutored in science to try to reverse the trend for under-achievement in their ethnic group. Now, Generating Genius mentors 900 boys and girls
Top marks: a humanities lesson at Dixons Trinity Academy in Leeds

Free school Dixons Trinity Academy provides a welcome good news story for Michael Gove

The academy was the first of the free schools to be rated outstanding. Richard Garner hears what makes it work
The guide says that parents should praise their children’s efforts as well as achievements and tell them it’s okay to make mistakes
Rough cuts: Chris Healy, the head teacher of Balcarras School in Cheltenham, is dealing with what he calls a ‘funding meltdown’

Could state sixth-forms soon become a thing of the past?

The Coalition's pledge to maintain education spending doesn't extend post-16. One headteacher, Chris Healy of Balcarras School in Cheltenham, is finding out at first hand that the new funding formulas just don't add up
The gates to Corpus Christi Catholic College, where Anne Maguire was stabbed
Present tense: an apple for the teacher just won't cut
it any more

Gifts for teachers are getting out of control

In some schools, a thank-you for Miss now means a designer handbag or vintage wine rather than a box of chocolates. It's time we put a stop to gift inflation, says Rosie Millard

Chalk Talk: Sums don't add up at Association of Teachers and Lecturers conference

It's funny how those bemoaning current standards can so often put their foot in it. A recent example surfaced at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers conference in Manchester, where delegate Malcolm St John-Smith, from Wakefield, sought to show how the pressure on teachers from Ofsted and league tables had failed to improve standards.

Michael Gove has come under fire for the new Westminster school

NUT conference: Union leader goads Michael Gove, saying she's proud to be a member of 'The Blob'

Delegates attack decision to spend £45m on new selective school in Westminster while existing sixth-form colleges face cuts

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