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What do the following have in common? The TV show Blind Date, anti-Semitism at football matches and businessmen blowing £100,000 on a bar bill in central London.

Ian Bauckham interview: ‘Let’s free schools from Ofsted’

The president of the Association of School and College Leaders believes that his school has a lot of tips it could pass on to institutions in similar circumstances

Chalk Talk: The 'culture of fear' is not just in the classroom

* Readers may recall the fearless private school head Steve Fairclough, of Abbotsholme School in Rocester, Staffordshire, who said performance-related pay for teachers should be used to create a "culture of fear" in the staff room.

Grey Coat Hospital School in London

Call this a comprehensive? Grey Coat Hospital could hardly be called inclusive - unlike the local secondary Michael Gove has passed up

This September, Beatrice Gove, daughter of the Education Secretary, Michael, will begin her secondary education; as will my son, William. Like my son, Beatrice will attend a single-sex school, one with strict discipline policies, rigid uniform regulations and a reputation for achieving outstanding results.

Chalk Talk: A more level playing field in school sports

I have been wanting to say this all winter: at last, some good news from the world of English cricket! Chance to Shine, the charity that promotes cricket in state schools, has just announced that its efforts to bring the game to the attention of girls have resulted in the millionth girl being signed up to play the sport.

Engineering apprentice Heather Peach will start a full-time job at the company MBDA Missile Systems in September

Male trainees still dominate the better-paid construction and technical fields - so how can girls be encouraged to branch out?

The number of young women applying for apprenticeships has doubled in a decade, says Sarah Cassidy

More academies and free schools turn to admissions lottery arrangements to prevent all the places from being taken by rich parents

A growing number of academies and free schools are resorting to lotteries for places to determine admissions, says a report out today.

The McLoughlin family with four-year-old Belle

An age-old problem: Why can't summer-born children start school later?

It's long been proven that summer-born children are disadvantaged throughout their education – socially and academically

Chalk Talk: Why Michael Gove may be heading for a great escape

A couple of weeks ago, we highlighted how frequently Education Secretary Michael Gove prayed in aid of Steve McQueen movies to get his message across.

David Laws, Schools and Education Minister

Government plans to get more disadvantaged children into grammar schools by making tests less coachable

Plans to make 11-plus tests less “coachable” to avoid wealthier parents snapping up the bulk of selective school places are under discussion between the Government and grammar school heads, Schools Minister David Laws disclosed today.

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