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?"

Grade machine: David McCullough Jr giving his now famous address

Teacher David McCullough JR: "Why I was right to tell students they're nothing special"

David McCullough JR's speech to students, in which he told them that they were insignificant, swiftly went viral. In an extract from his new book, he explains why it's a message that all teenagers starting the new term need to hear

Classless society: the family in their camper van

Starting the school of life

While other five-year-olds are starting school, Daniel will be exploring Europe with his family. His father, David Hurst, explains what lessons they all hope to learn along the way
Sam Gyimah was elected as an MP in 2010 and says the aspirational message of the Conservative Party had ‘always chimed with me’

Sam Gyimah interview: Life-changing events often occur in early days of learning

The Tory MP tells Sarah Cassidy how school in Ghana and undergraduate penury framed his views on education

Michael Rosen, the former Children’s Laureate, has shared his views on education in a book aimed at parents

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

Rosen argues that tests are all about 'retrieval' and 'inference' and do not allow any 'interpretation'

Teachers sit in on a staff meeting

Teachers on teaching: ‘I’m burnt-out after three years of 70 hours a week’

Sam Burton’s account of why he is quitting teaching in last week’s Saturday Magazine struck a chord with Independent readers. Here is what some other teachers had to say

The Sports Hall has been installed as part of the new £30m building

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"

Are English students losing out because of Michael Gove's GCSE reforms?

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.

Inside the gallery at Frederick Bremer School in Walthamstow

First Essex and Yorkshire, now London: Channel 4's 'Educating...' series is moving to the East End

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

Life and Style
Steve Shaw shows Kate how to get wet behind the ears and how to align her neck
healthSteven Shaw - the 'Buddha of Breaststroke' - applies Alexander Technique to the watery sport
Arts and Entertainment
The sight of a bucking bronco in the shape of a pink penis was too much for Hollywood actor and gay rights supporter Martin Sheen, prompting him to boycott a scene in the TV series Grace and Frankie
tv
Sport
footballShirt then goes on sale on Gumtree
Voices
Terry Sue-Patt as Benny in the BBC children’s soap ‘Grange Hill’
voicesGrace Dent on Grange Hill and Terry Sue-Patt
Arts and Entertainment
Performers drink tea at the Glastonbury festival in 2010
music
Arts and Entertainment
Twin Peaks stars Joan Chen, Michael Ontkean, Kyle Maclachlan and Piper Laurie
tvName confirmed for third series
Sport
Cameron Jerome
footballCanaries beat Boro to gain promotion to the Premier League
Arts and Entertainment
art
i Newspaper
 
TheIPaper
The Independent around the web
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs Education

Guru Careers: Software Developer

£35 - 40k + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Software Developer (JavaS...

Reach Volunteering: Would you like to volunteer your expertise as Chair of Governors for Livability?

Voluntary and unpaid, reasonable expenses are reimbursable: Reach Volunteering...

Ashdown Group: Payroll Administrator - Buckinghamshire - £25,000

£20000 - £25000 per annum + substantial benefits: Ashdown Group: Finance Admin...

Ashdown Group: Linux Systems Administrator - Windows, Linux - Central London

£40000 - £50000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Linux Systems Administrat...

Day In a Page

Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

Abuse - and the hell that follows

James Rhodes on the extraordinary legal battle to publish his memoir
Why we need a 'tranquility map' of England, according to campaigners

It's oh so quiet!

The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

Robert Fisk on the Fountainheads of World Evil in 2011 - and 2015
New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine