Delegates at the NAHT conference were told hard-line extremists were now conducting a campaign of intimidation outside schools (photo shows Oldknow Academy, one of schools at the centre of the 'Trojan Horse' inquiry)

Trojan Horse: Headteacher received death threats for speaking out against homophobia

At least three schools had dead animals placed in their playgrounds

The number of pupils at independent schools such at Eton (pictured) has risen this year from 511,928 to 517,113

Number of pupils attending independent schools in Britain on the rise, figures show

The increase has been attributed to a rise in parents' affluence

School meals are one area where the UK’s food waste can be reduced

Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils

Schools are spending an estimated £43m per year to offset effects of poverty

The visit, part of the religious education curriculum, will include Exeter Cathedral across the county border in Devon

School governors tell parents mosque visit is compulsory after 'guns and violence' fears

Up to 10 families with pupils at a school in Cornwall had objected to the trip

New book reveals the perils of public schools

The Old Boys: The Decline and Rise of the Public School is written by the former Financial Times education correspondent David Turner

Novel future: Pushkin Prize-winners assemble at the Archers Hall in Edinburgh

Pushkin Prizes: Unusual exchange programme aims to bring countries together through culture

Ten Scottish schoolchildren and their Russian peers attended a creative writing workshop in the Highlands this week, as Chris Green reports

Send childrens' homework abroad to be marked, says leading academic

Dr Rebecca Allen argues that the move would cut down on teachers' workload

The open-plan interior of Bexhill High Academy

Bexhill High School: Multi-million pound investment in 'education pods' ends in failure

After a £38m investment in open-plan learning was completed in 2010, another £4m is now being invested to revert the classrooms back

Talking points: Vanessa Diakides, left, and Saria Khalifa are the two women behind the pioneering programme

Pioneering programme teaches pupils about the dangers of female genital mutilation

Having initially been met with trepidation, the programme is now going nationwide. Maureen Paton meets the women who started it

Global Education Reform Movement: We've had The Blob, get ready for The Germ

Germ is apparently committed to the type of rigorous testing that teachers spent most of the weekend bemoaning, says Richard Garner

At the chalk face: teachers march through central London during the 2008 teachers’ strikes

Why are so many teachers quitting the classroom?

Recent figures reveal that almost four in 10 new teachers quit within a year of qualifying, and record numbers are giving up mid-career. So what is behind this mass exodus? Rachael Pells spoke to six educators about the pressures they are facing in the classroom

Chalk Talk: Be careful what you say at teacher union conferences

There were mumbles all round and an apology following one speaker's response to a complaint from a colleague

Shaping lives: Hilary Wilce chats with students at King Ethelberts School in Kent

How do we prevent 'character education' from becoming a faddy bandwagon that rolls on by?

As politicians and pundits embrace the latest fad – teaching 'character' to children – pioneer Hilary Wilce applauds the principle but wonders how schools can best foster happy, confident pupils with strategies that will last beyond the next big initiative

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre brings Othello to life for schoolchildren

This is the ninth year in succession that every state secondary school in London and Birmingham has been offered the opportunity of taking up free tickets

Hands up for non-selective education: pupils at Knole Academy in Sevenoaks, the town’s only secondary school until a Christian free school opened 18 months ago

Sevenoaks is split over much-delayed decision on controversial grammar school annexe

If Weald of Kent Grammar School is given the go-ahead for an annexe in leafy Sevenoaks, it will be the first selective state school to open in 50 years. And many local pupils aren't happy about it, says Sarah Cassidy
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