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15 changed over so far, but many more could follow, says Lord Adonis

Teachers convicted or cautioned for downloading indecent images of children should be banned

98 teachers served with prohibition orders in the past year

From this September children in England will explicitly be taught evolution from primary school onwards as part of the science curriculum

New laws are needed to prevent creationism 'indoctrination' in independent schools, says top science educator

BBC presenter Professor Alice Roberts says regulations must be expanded to include private schools

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Eton bans Snapchat over concerns it could be used for sexting

Headmaster Tony Little says the app is blocked from the school’s wireless network – but boys could still be accessing it via 3G

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Graham Allen, MP for Nottingham Central, claims that Ofsted has amounted a 'blitzkrieg' on the schools, leaving dedicated teachers demoralised

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