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

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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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Chalk Talk: Impressive results in the Far East - a 'shadow' over plans to improve our schools?

The vogue is to marvel at the achievements of Far Eastern education systems such as South Korea, Japan and Shanghai in China. After all, they performed far better than us in the international Pisa (Programme for International Student Assessment) tests in literacy and numeracy so we should be able to learn something from them.

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In 1909, when four old Etonians decided that it was time to put something back into the community to offer fresh hope for teenagers from disadvantaged homes, they probably never thought their actions would still be having a profound impact on lives in the 21st century.

Michael Gove's revolution includes asking all secondary schools to consider getting their 13-year-olds to sit the Common Entrance

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Education Secretary Michael Gove stepped up the pace of his revolution in schools today - pledging a boost to Greek and Latin in state secondary schools and urging all schools to stay open for up to 10 hours a day so pupils could do “prep” on the premises.

Primary schools will be expected to get 85 per cent of pupils to reach the required standard in English and maths

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Plans to ratchet up the minimum targets in literacy and numeracy for primary schools are being considered by ministers.

Chalk Talk: How our faith schools are changing

Some of the myths that have developed over the years is that faith schools are exclusive, do little to counter homophobic bullying and are exacerbating a kind of unofficial segregation in their communities.

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