Fair play? There is evidence that overly aggressive coaching is counter-productive

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The coach of Chalfont St Peter's under-10s football team was relieved of his duties after he sent an email to parents that said: "I am only interested in winning"

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

Nottingham: City where six schools are classed as failing by Ofsted

Nottingham schools have received one of the worst Ofsted reports, leaving teachers and schools demoralised says Nottingham MP 

Home from home: pupils in their rooms

State comprehensive boarding school Royal Alexandra & Albert offers best of both worlds

Pupils are happy because they go riding and can sleep overlooking beautiful parkland, while their parents enjoy paying state boarding-school fees rather than independent prices

Chalk Talk: New approach to music strikes the right notes

To the Royal Albert Hall last week for the annual "Schools Proms" concerts.

Ready and able: Mark Stevens on campus at the University of Worcester

First disability coaching degree will produce generation of teachers trained to help aspiring Paralympians

The Sports Coaching Science with Disability Sport BSc was introduced by the University of Worcester in the afterglow of the London 2012 Paralympics

Chalk Talk: The Bard brought to life by Doctor Who

David Tennant will be beamed into up to 3,000 schools next week as part of a venture to bring live theatre closer to the hearts and minds of schoolchildren.

Students at work on the building of the Meditation Hut

Bedales School's innovative new assessment course shuns GCSEs

The school is recapturing its founding focus of 'head, hand and heart' with the innovative new assessment. As Richard Garner finds, the pupils learn by doing

Chalk Talk: Free schools and fisticuffs

Just a few thoughts about the latest controversy over the Government's flagship free schools scheme.

Most likely to succeed: Certain character qualities are great for improving academic grades

Six of the best: the traits your child needs to succeed

Skilled teachers and top schools help, but researchers are increasingly discovering that what pupils bring to the classroom matters as much – or more – than what the classroom can offer them

Chalk Talk: The class act recognised for getting Japanese in schools

In a week in which the European Union Education Commissioner has been berating the UK for its approach towards learning foreign languages, it's good to see a language teacher winning the national award for teaching in a secondary school.

Judith Kerr Primary School in Herne Hill, south London

Auf Wiedersehen, pupils: UK's first Anglo/German state primary school opens

There are hopes that it will lead to a more enlightened attitude to learning languages, reports Richard Garner

The way schools are being ranked is to be scrapped by ministers

Controversial GCSE ranking system to be overhauled

Schools will be ranked on pupils' best eight GCSEs in future

Chalk Talk: The fight to strengthen local government's role in education

The trouble with Graham Lane was, as the former local politician revealed to Newsnight's presenter Jeremy Paxman on BBC 2 in the mid-1990s, that he was always rather too forthcoming.

Fair play: youngsters at The Television Workshop show off their skills

Are drama schools just for the middle classes?

No, says Chloe Hamilton, who talks to those in the industry who are trying to make it easier for children without means to get in on the act

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Special report: Working-class pupils went to private schools under Margaret Thatcher’s abolished assisted places scheme - how did they get on?

Under Margaret Thatcher’s government, they were plucked from poverty and taken out of state schools to attend top private schools instead, courtesy of the state. 

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