Chalk Talk: Impressive results in the Far East - a 'shadow' over plans to improve our schools?

The vogue is to marvel at the achievements of Far Eastern education systems such as South Korea, Japan and Shanghai in China. After all, they performed far better than us in the international Pisa (Programme for International Student Assessment) tests in literacy and numeracy so we should be able to learn something from them.

Top of the class: pupils on the programme

It's not all about exams: A scheme set up by old Etonians encourages disadvantaged pupils to attend enrichment classes

In 1909, when four old Etonians decided that it was time to put something back into the community to offer fresh hope for teenagers from disadvantaged homes, they probably never thought their actions would still be having a profound impact on lives in the 21st century.

Michael Gove's revolution includes asking all secondary schools to consider getting their 13-year-olds to sit the Common Entrance

'Prep' on school premises and an increase to Latin and Greek teaching in secondary school: The Gove revolution continues

Education Secretary Michael Gove stepped up the pace of his revolution in schools today - pledging a boost to Greek and Latin in state secondary schools and urging all schools to stay open for up to 10 hours a day so pupils could do “prep” on the premises.

Primary schools will be expected to get 85 per cent of pupils to reach the required standard in English and maths

Government to set stricter new literacy and numeracy targets in primary schools

Plans to ratchet up the minimum targets in literacy and numeracy for primary schools are being considered by ministers.

Chalk Talk: How our faith schools are changing

Some of the myths that have developed over the years is that faith schools are exclusive, do little to counter homophobic bullying and are exacerbating a kind of unofficial segregation in their communities.

Hundreds of teachers sign up for 'no-strike' service offering alternative to trade unions

Hundreds of teachers have signed up for a new no-strike legal service offering an alternative to trade union membership, it was claimed today.

Dr Andrew Davis claims rival camps in the debate over how to teach children to read are acting like 'religious fundamentalists'

Government policy to force strong readers in schools to learn phonics is 'a form of abuse', claims leading educator

Children who are fluent readers are being damaged by the Government’s insistence on using synthetic phonics in the classroom, a leading academic warns today.

A total of 154 secondary schools have failed to reach the Government’s minimum target of 40 per cent of their pupils obtaining five A* to C grade passes at GCSE

Secondary school league tables: Dramatic increase in number of students studying traditional subjects

Education Secretary hails 250,000 fewer pupils in underperforming schools

Eve Kugler: 'People are people – it sounds trite but that’s essentially what the message is'

A living history lesson: Holocaust survivor Eve Kugler talks to pupils around the country prior to Holocaust Memorial Day

She tells Richard Garner about the importance of remembering

Chalk Talk: Are champions ready for the challenge?

Off to the North of England education conference – the traditional curtain raiser of the year.

As many as 100 independent schools could join the state sector within a decade as free schools or academies

15 changed over so far, but many more could follow, says Lord Adonis

Teachers convicted or cautioned for downloading indecent images of children should be banned

98 teachers served with prohibition orders in the past year

From this September children in England will explicitly be taught evolution from primary school onwards as part of the science curriculum

New laws are needed to prevent creationism 'indoctrination' in independent schools, says top science educator

BBC presenter Professor Alice Roberts says regulations must be expanded to include private schools

Stewart Sutherland and his wife Natasha, leave Telford Magistrates' Court in Shropshire

School rules: Am I in the minority in thinking that teaching must come before a tan?

Many parents have sympathy with the couple up in court for taking their children to Greece in term-time

Malaysian students with a host couple in Herefordshire

Host with the most: Margaret Steven's charitable work arranging short stays with UK families for foreign students is at risk

When Margaret Steven was a child, she dreamed of living the life of a diplomat's daughter. Her father was an accountant working in the UK so the dream was unlikely to ever come true but it fuelled a thirst for knowledge of other countries and cultures that led to her being awarded a British Empire Medal in the New Year's Honours List.

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