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Hands up those of you who have been hungry for three days, asked Sylvia Mwichuli, director of communications at AGRA, which aims to help smallholder farmers in Africa combat hunger.

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Just who are Batman and Robin? Well, according to the charity the CfBT Education Trust, they are not the caped crusaders valiantly striving to bring justice to Gotham City. They are, in fact, the headteacher and chairman of governors of a state secondary school.

Great expectations: Rochdale Sixth-form College has around 1,000 students

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More than 80 per cent of pupils at Rochdale Sixth Form College go to university – almost all of them the first in their families ever to do so. Richard Garner hears a remarkable success story.

Chalk Talk: A trip to the palace spells an improvement in reading skills

For many children, visiting Buckingham Palace, the natural History Museum, picturesque Greenwich Naval College or Wembley Stadium during the summer holidays would just be a fun day out.

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Why a computer tutor is a smart move for students

When Robert Grabiner tried to find his daughter a tutor to help with her A levels, he was amazed at the cost. He decided to solve the price problem virtually, writes Richard Garner.

Chalk Talk: Just what could be the source of headteachers' stress, Mr Gove?

Education Secretary Michael Gove has been likened to many things in his time, but the image of him as a "fanatical" personal-fitness trainer is one that does not readily come to mind. The analogy was made by Bernadette Hunter, president of the National Association of Head Teachers, in her address to her conference at the weekend.

Read all about it: pupils at work during class at Unity Academy

The write stuff: How Unity Academy transformed its students' literacy skills

A few years ago, Unity Academy didn't even have a library. Now other schools visit to find out how its students' literacy skills have been transformed, reports Richard Garner

Chalk Talk: A cheering legacy of the summer of contentment

The Olympic legacy means different things to different people, as we could see from the article on these pages earlier this month about the school that inherited the athletes' dining hall to use in place of its burnt-out arts block, .

Even elite schools such as Eton have schemes to help less wealthy parents

Swot up on how to pay school fees

Education costs are soaring but bursars and product providers have new schemes that may help

Lytchett Minster's new arts block was formerly a dining hall in the Olympic Village

The show must go on for Lytchett Minster school - in the Olympic canteen

When lightning struck Lytchett Minster's arts block, it looked like curtains for school drama productions. But help arrived from an unexpected source.

Chalk Talk: What a carry on over a new state boarding school

Controversy over the proposal to open a state boarding school for inner-city teenagers in the heart of the West Sussex countryside appears to have reached fever pitch.So much so that elements of the controversy have a distinct feeling of Carry On films about them.

Chalk Talk: Why can't all children be top of the class?

To the House of Commons for a seminar on a new book by former national curriculum boss Professor Mick Waters, Thinking Allowed on Schooling.

Overloaded: Claudia Vulliamy believes homework is an unnecessary burden

Is it time we banished homework?

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