David Laws calls for ministers to stop meddling in the content of the curriculum

It was like manna from heaven to hear David Laws's call to prevent ministers from meddling in the content of the curriculum and determining whether standards have improved in the classroom. The schools minister has proposed a new, independent body to oversee content and standards.

Class act: the writer Kris Griffiths visits his alma mater, the Cardinal Wiseman School

Pearson Teaching Awards in London: A celebration of the UK's dedicated teachers

The judges recognised the winners' enthusiasm, commitment and energy

Laura Moss, one of DACA's young entrepreneurs

Can instilling a sense of entrepreneurship in pupils have a positive effect on their learning?

Richard Garner heads to Lancashire, where developing the 'dragons' of the future is also helping one community academy to achieve its educational goals
In memoriam: a school group visits Lijssenthoek Cemetery in Belgium, where there are nearly 11,000 war graves

Thousands of teenagers to visit battlefields of the First World War in new Government scheme

The scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years. Emma Lee-Potter joins a group of pupils on their journey into the past

Teenagers may perform better in lessons if they get a lie-in but teachers are morning people

What is preferable - grumpy teenagers or grumpy teachers?

Let’s pretend: KidZania in Tokyo

KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults

Former Labour education secretary David Blunkett looks back - but not in anger

Mr Blunkett was speaking at the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference and praised the work of his Conservative political foe, Kenneth Baker

Co-op banks preside over the growing breed of state schools in England

Co-op banks may be beset by scandals, but the movement also presides over a fast-expanding group of schools. Richard Garner finds out how one of its secondaries puts the ‘values-driven, faith-neutral’ philosophy into practice

National Poetry Day: The primary where poetry is in motion

The subject is alive and well in British schools

Essays that were billed as being worthy of an A-level A grade were only given C or D grades by the regulator's markers

A-levels: Regulator fails poor bought-in essays as 'threat to qualifications system'

Even worse for desperate students, they risk being disqualified for cheating

Fred Jarvis has celebrated his 90th birthday - and there's life in the cockney campaigner yet

The former general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, Fred Jarvis, celebrated his 90th birthday at the weekend.The invitation to the party was eye-catching: "Gove's gone, but I'm still here!" it said.

There's life in the cockney campaigner yet

The former general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, Fred Jarvis, celebrated his 90th birthday at the weekend.The invitation to the party was eye-catching: "Gove's gone, but I'm still here!" it said.

Peak performance: Betania Johnny performs for younger students at Jessop Primary School, which has teamed up with London Music Masters through the Bridge Project

London Music Masters is bringing instrumental lessons to primary schools in deprived areas

Instrumental lessons have increasingly become the preserve of more privileged pupils - but the charity aims to change all that

Confessions of an exam marker: "It is surprising what students can produce under pressure"

Today's exam candidates are nothing if not subtle. One marker tells me of a GCSE candidate who wrote on his script: "I know I have done no work for this exam and don't really understand the story, but please could you give me a C or my mum will kill me?"

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Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
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Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
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The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
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'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

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Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before