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Sam Gyimah was elected as an MP in 2010 and says the aspirational message of the Conservative Party had ‘always chimed with me’

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

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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"

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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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The show is turning its cameras on Frederick Bremer School in Walthamstow. Simon Usborne goes behind-the-scenes to watch the latest series being filmed

Arcane public school games explained: Anyone for Rugby Fives, The Field Game or Winkies?

From a sport expressly designed to make athletic skill all but irrelevant to a game in which furking is an offence, willing - and not-so-willing - partakers explain the rules

Let me ask you this: 'Why do teachers teach?'

What I like the most about teaching, is to teach what I think I should have learnt during my school years but no one taught me.

A teacher speaks out: 'I'm effectively being forced out of a career that I wanted to love'

When Sam Burton began teaching three years ago, he was determined to thrive. But after spells at an academy and a special educational needs school, he's had enough. Here, he tells the story of how even an energetic young teacher can struggle with the demands of modern teaching

Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Leading schools are considering action against the exam boards after seeing huge falls in their results

GCSE results 2014: Inquiry as teachers express shock at variations in grades

Leading schools are considering action against the exam boards after poorer results

Entrants for the Spanish GCSE rose for the sixth year in succession to 93,028

Spanish to replace French as most popular language in schools

Spanish will replace French as the most popular foreign language in schools, the head of the country’s biggest exam board said today.

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He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
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If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

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Licence to offend in the land of the free

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