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

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 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

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