Former Labour education secretary David Blunkett looks back - but not in anger

Mr Blunkett was speaking at the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference and praised the work of his Conservative political foe, Kenneth Baker

Co-op banks preside over the growing breed of state schools in England

Co-op banks may be beset by scandals, but the movement also presides over a fast-expanding group of schools. Richard Garner finds out how one of its secondaries puts the ‘values-driven, faith-neutral’ philosophy into practice

National Poetry Day: The primary where poetry is in motion

The subject is alive and well in British schools

Essays that were billed as being worthy of an A-level A grade were only given C or D grades by the regulator's markers

A-levels: Regulator fails poor bought-in essays as 'threat to qualifications system'

Even worse for desperate students, they risk being disqualified for cheating

Fred Jarvis has celebrated his 90th birthday - and there's life in the cockney campaigner yet

The former general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, Fred Jarvis, celebrated his 90th birthday at the weekend.The invitation to the party was eye-catching: "Gove's gone, but I'm still here!" it said.

There's life in the cockney campaigner yet

The former general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, Fred Jarvis, celebrated his 90th birthday at the weekend.The invitation to the party was eye-catching: "Gove's gone, but I'm still here!" it said.

Peak performance: Betania Johnny performs for younger students at Jessop Primary School, which has teamed up with London Music Masters through the Bridge Project

London Music Masters is bringing instrumental lessons to primary schools in deprived areas

Instrumental lessons have increasingly become the preserve of more privileged pupils - but the charity aims to change all that

Confessions of an exam marker: "It is surprising what students can produce under pressure"

Today's exam candidates are nothing if not subtle. One marker tells me of a GCSE candidate who wrote on his script: "I know I have done no work for this exam and don't really understand the story, but please could you give me a C or my mum will kill me?"

Grade machine: David McCullough Jr giving his now famous address

Teacher David McCullough JR: "Why I was right to tell students they're nothing special"

David McCullough JR's speech to students, in which he told them that they were insignificant, swiftly went viral. In an extract from his new book, he explains why it's a message that all teenagers starting the new term need to hear

Classless society: the family in their camper van

Starting the school of life

While other five-year-olds are starting school, Daniel will be exploring Europe with his family. His father, David Hurst, explains what lessons they all hope to learn along the way
Sam Gyimah was elected as an MP in 2010 and says the aspirational message of the Conservative Party had ‘always chimed with me’

Sam Gyimah interview: Life-changing events often occur in early days of learning

The Tory MP tells Sarah Cassidy how school in Ghana and undergraduate penury framed his views on education

Michael Rosen, the former Children’s Laureate, has shared his views on education in a book aimed at parents

Michael Rosen: Exam culture in schools doesn't teach children about the world

Rosen argues that tests are all about 'retrieval' and 'inference' and do not allow any 'interpretation'

Teachers sit in on a staff meeting

Teachers on teaching: ‘I’m burnt-out after three years of 70 hours a week’

Sam Burton’s account of why he is quitting teaching in last week’s Saturday Magazine struck a chord with Independent readers. Here is what some other teachers had to say

The Sports Hall has been installed as part of the new £30m building

Bow school's state-of-the-art £30m campus is last to benefit from scrapped Building Schools for the Future programme

The Labour scheme was axed by the former Education Secretary, Michael Gove, soon after taking office - on the grounds that spending on it had been "profligate"

Are English students losing out because of Michael Gove's GCSE reforms?

One little-known fact to emerge out of this year's GCSE results: students in England may be at a disadvantage when it comes to the grades that they are given.

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