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

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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

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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

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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

Listen to this: Rosie Mason live on air

Birmingham Ormiston Academy offers alternative grounding in broadcasting skills

It might not sound like a traditional learning environment but an academy in the Midlands is proving that traditional academic achievement can be combined with an alternative grounding in broadcasting skills. Richard Garner tunes in

Chalk talk: The two Michaels now appear to be the best of friends

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’

The president of the Association of School and College Leaders believes that his school has a lot of tips it could pass on to institutions in similar circumstances

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

* Readers may recall the fearless private school head Steve Fairclough, of Abbotsholme School in Rocester, Staffordshire, who said performance-related pay for teachers should be used to create a "culture of fear" in the staff room.

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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