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Queen Elizabeth's Boys' School is situated in the heart of what would be described as very leafy, suburban territory

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St Matthew's school in Blackburn shows that a multi-faith approach can pay dividends

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Chalk Talk: David Blunkett goes back to schools - and universities

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Last weekend's annual conference of the Association of School and College Leaders could really have been renamed "the two Michaels show".

Chalk Talk: Here’s our Graham with a quick lesson in Shakespeare

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Ian Bauckham interview: ‘Let’s free schools from Ofsted’

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Chalk Talk: The 'culture of fear' is not just in the classroom

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Grey Coat Hospital School in London

Call this a comprehensive? Grey Coat Hospital could hardly be called inclusive - unlike the local secondary Michael Gove has passed up

This September, Beatrice Gove, daughter of the Education Secretary, Michael, will begin her secondary education; as will my son, William. Like my son, Beatrice will attend a single-sex school, one with strict discipline policies, rigid uniform regulations and a reputation for achieving outstanding results.

Chalk Talk: A more level playing field in school sports

I have been wanting to say this all winter: at last, some good news from the world of English cricket! Chance to Shine, the charity that promotes cricket in state schools, has just announced that its efforts to bring the game to the attention of girls have resulted in the millionth girl being signed up to play the sport.

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