Rough cuts: Chris Healy, the head teacher of Balcarras School in Cheltenham, is dealing with what he calls a ‘funding meltdown’

Could state sixth-forms soon become a thing of the past?

The Coalition's pledge to maintain education spending doesn't extend post-16. One headteacher, Chris Healy of Balcarras School in Cheltenham, is finding out at first hand that the new funding formulas just don't add up
The gates to Corpus Christi Catholic College, where Anne Maguire was stabbed
Present tense: an apple for the teacher just won't cut
it any more

Gifts for teachers are getting out of control

In some schools, a thank-you for Miss now means a designer handbag or vintage wine rather than a box of chocolates. It's time we put a stop to gift inflation, says Rosie Millard

Chalk Talk: Sums don't add up at Association of Teachers and Lecturers conference

It's funny how those bemoaning current standards can so often put their foot in it. A recent example surfaced at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers conference in Manchester, where delegate Malcolm St John-Smith, from Wakefield, sought to show how the pressure on teachers from Ofsted and league tables had failed to improve standards.

Michael Gove has come under fire for the new Westminster school

NUT conference: Union leader goads Michael Gove, saying she's proud to be a member of 'The Blob'

Delegates attack decision to spend £45m on new selective school in Westminster while existing sixth-form colleges face cuts

Chalk Talk: Teachers make friends with their enemy's enemies

Adversity does make strange bedfellows at times. There's a motion at the National Union of Teachers conference calling for the absolition of Ofsted.

Ethical matters: pupils during a philosophy lesson

Taunton's policy of putting philosophy at heart of its curriculum is one of secrets of its success

Taunton School, in Somerset, is one of the country's leading independent schools, says Richard Garner

Teachers have been urged to look out for the warning signs of FGM among pupils

Female Genital Mutilation: Teachers told to 'check holiday plans' of children at risk of FGM

Tens of thousands of girls in the UK are at risk or have already had an operation

The new guidance applies to England's primary and secondary schools

Primary school places: the appeals process

If you are one of the thousands of disappointed parents whose child has been refused admission to your first choice school, you can appeal.

In some parts of the country, one in five children will not get their first-choice primary school

Primary school places: Tens of thousands of children miss out on their first-choice

Tens of thousands of parents are bracing themselves for disappointment as they find out whether their child has been granted a place in their first-choice primary school for this September.

Chalk Talk: The '10-minute rule' can make all the difference to exam prep

Getting started with revision is the most difficult part of exam preparation for most people, and many of us could win prizes for avoiding things we don't want to do. But the 10-minute rule could make a difference.

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

Queen Elizabeth's boys' grammar has been doing its own thing since 1573 - with impressive results

Richard Garner visits the London institution that's ahead of its time

Many hats: the majority of children at St Matthew’s school, Blackburn, are from Muslim families

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

At the Church of England primary school, all but a handful of the pupils are from Muslim backgrounds. Chris Evans pays a visit

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

To Pearson plc for an evening with the former Secretary of State David Blunkett, who was reminiscing about his time in charge of the nation's education system.

Unsure which road to take after GCSEs?

Russ Thorne takes a closer look at the further education choices available

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French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
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