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

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Tristram Hunt tells headteachers he will reject 'alpha-male compulsion' of a 'reforming legacy'

The shadow education secretary was speaking at the Association of School and College Leaders

Leading edge: Mary Bousted, who has been general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers for 12 years

Why teachers are so angry: Botched education reforms, increased workload, meddling ministers...you name it!

Even the ATL, the most moderate teaching union, has been on strike twice during the lifetime of this government. Its leader, Mary Bousted, tells Richard Garner what action is needed to defuse the discontent
Bright children who lack “grit” and “resilience” are more likely to end up with worse jobs and lower salaries than their classmates with good social and emotional skills, according to a new study.

Character is the key to poorer children securing top jobs, says study

The research called for schools to put more focus on improving personal traits

The right formula? St Aldhelm’s Academy has been taken over by Ambitions Academy Trust, which is hoping to improve it

Team is parachuted in to raise morale and marks at St Aldhelm's Academy in Poole

Three years ago St Aldhelm's Academy had the worst GCSE results in the UK and was temporarily closed after a damning Ofsted report called it 'dysfunctional and unsafe'

Future First scheme aims to get state school alumni back into classrooms

The education charity has added its 100,000th recruit to a growing army of people acting as role models to the future generation

Children's Bookshow competition: Budding authors show off their creative side

The winner for the under nines cast the story of Cinderella into the present day

Centre stage: the actor Sir Ian McKellen, visits a school to talk about the effects of homophobia

LGBT History Month: Pupils discuss topics from Sappho to same-sex marriage

There are plenty more lessons to be learnt, says Stonewall's Chris Sims
Anna (in background) and Belle McLoughlin

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It's a fraught question, answers to which tend to favour more educated families. Sarah Cassidy on a lottery of the seasons
On average, families with school-age children spend £316 a year on items for a child at a state secondary and £251 annually on average for a child at a state primary

High price of school uniforms leaves children at risk of bullying

95 per cent of mothers and fathers think school uniform costs are “unreasonable”

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

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