Tristram Hunt has called for schools to be freed from the “top-down, target-driven, exam-obsessed” culture dominating the education system

Labour vows to prioritise well rounded education over exams

Schools should be freed from the “top-down, target-driven, exam-obsessed” culture that is dominating our education system, Tristram Hunt urged today.

offering the subject to pupils has shot up to 600

Latin makes surprising comeback in state schools

Latin has made a remarkable comeback in state secondary school classrooms, according to figures released today.

Children born to mothers who rank in the top 25 per cent for control over their own destiny tend to score higher GCSE results

Children born to confident mothers will do better in their GCSEs, study suggests

If you want to find out how well a child will do in their GCSE exams, forget the quality of their teachers and look instead at how confident their mother was during pregnancy.

Former Education Secretary Michael Gove would be pleased with today's A-Level results

A-level results: Michael Gove should be pleased with today's marks

If Michael Gove had been around today as Education Secretary he would have been chuffed by this year’s results.

Holiday fines for parents number 64,000 in less than a year

Number has leaped since Government ban was introduced in September

The Government has been accused of lacking enthusiasm for vocational education in the past

Government announces seven new university technical colleges

A major expansion for the network of top-class university technical colleges for 14 to 18-year-olds has been given the go-ahead by ministers.

40% drop in children sitting GCSEs early, Ofqual figures show

A dramatic drop in the number of children pushed by schools into taking their GCSE exams a year early is revealed in new statistics published by exams regulator Ofqual.

Goldsmiths College is applauded for greater transparency over vice-chancellor's pay

There may be a frisson of horror in vice-chancellor circles at the latest initiative from Goldsmiths College. The south London university has become the first in the country to permit a student representative to sit in on the body that determines the university vice-chancellor's pay.

Hardline governors in some Birmingham schools were guilty of 'serious malpractice' and bullied headteachers out of their jobs in order to introduce Islamic worship

Trojan Horse report: Birmingham schools broke law with Islamic assemblies and banned sex education

The council had been warned about the problems before the Trojan Horse allegations but had 'failed to tackle them'

Competitive parents who want to give the best present have raised the stakes in classrooms across the country

Reports of presents including Tiffany bracelets and opera tickets leads to concern that teachers' gift-giving is becoming 'over commercialised'

The most common gift for teachers is chocolates, with 85 per cent of staff having received some

Chalk Talk: The closure of Harrowden Middle School in Bedford is an own goal

I have often written about headteachers facing the sack after a poor report on their school by Ofsted. Headteachers' leaders such as Russell Hobby, of the National Association of Head Teachers, and Brian Lightman, of the Association of School and College Leaders, call it "football manager syndrome".

End games: headteacher Deirdre Murphy at a farewell party for the pupils

Harrowden Middle School's pupils are thriving, and Ofsted has praised it - so why is it closing?

Richard Garner reports on a bizarre educational decision
Pitch perfect: Felsted’s Nancy Hebron, who has trained with the England team

Success of the England women's cricket team inspires girls to take up game in record numbers

Richard Garner reports on a grass-roots revolution

The Children's Bookshow competition is a chance for young readers to be writers

The competition, which is backed by The Independent, is is taking to the roads again with a nation-wide tour of 15 major cities

Chalk Talk: More free schools won't necessarily mean more good schools

Just a comment on the announcement of the next tranche of free schools by Education Secretary Michael Gove.

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