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

Trevor Averre-Beeson reveals the dark side of being a successful headteacher in new book

Averre-Beeson managed to turn around Islington Green School in north London but he quit in 2006 after concerted opposition to his plans

A league of their own: Jon Coles with pupils during a science class at Lambeth Academy in London

Why the league system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system

QuickStart Computing aims to help teachers master new technology

A recent poll revealed that two out of three teachers are concerned that their pupils have a better understanding of computing than they do

Gillian Walnes is executive director of the Trust

Holocaust Memorial Day: Anne Frank Trust encourages pupils to discuss prejudice and discrimination

Richard Garner joins the Trust as it prepares to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz next week

Government no-show at North of England Education Conference means plan for schools heads south

This year, for the first time, no government speaker was billed to appear at the conference

Sound advice: Nick Gibb is a supporter of phonics

Schools minister Nick Gibb sets out his timetable for educational reform in Britain 2015

The Schools minister reveals what he believes the Government must still do if the country is to have a world-class schools system
Is homework pointless? One expert thinks so

Most homework is 'completely pointless', education expert argues

Current teacher Tom Bennett claims students will be forced to undertake 'back breaking' homework under new Ofsted regime

College boss devises swap shop to help hard-up students meet the cost of travel

It can cost up to £700 a year for students to travel to and from college

'Refuse to listen to any problems or explanations, dismissing them all as excuses, and pepper every conversation with the words 'selfish', 'lazy' and 'useless'.'

How to screw up your child's schooling: Simply follow our tongue-in-cheek guide

Parents! Want to make sure that your child does really badly in class? To guarantee that he or she will be underachieving and neurotic in lessons?
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