Teaching children to fail has become trendy

Come on girls, fail better! The schools that teach it's okay to not always succeed

You might have thought, on hearing this week that a British girls’ school is going to start setting its 11-year-old pupils a test that it’s impossible to get 100 per cent in, that the teachers have snapped. “That’s it!” I can imagine an anguished denizen of the staff room bellowing. “Give the toerags a test so tough they’ll be begging for mercy next term!” But no. Oxford High School for Girls wants to teach its scholars that it’s acceptable “not to get everything right” and that they shouldn’t be too concerned about being “little Miss Perfect”. Blooming heck, I can’t imagine my old headmistress going for that.

Chalk Talk: Pay attention, class - test your knowledge of Gove's reforms

So, have you kept abreast of Education Secretary Michael Gove's GCSE reforms? If so, have a grade eight for answering these questions correctly. (PS: if you didn't know eight was the top grade in the numerical system replacing A* to G grades, start with minus one)

Class act: able children often don’t want to stand out from the crowd

Martin Stephen: 'Ofsted says comprehensives are failing the most able but teaching bright children isn't rocket science'

It doesn't take a selective system to nurture the best minds, says a former head of St Paul's boys' school.

Chalk Talk: How London pupils got a window on world hunger

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.

Chalk Talk: The unsung achievements of state schools' caped crusaders

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

How Rochdale Sixth Form College taught its teens to think bigger

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

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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.

Overloaded: Claudia Vulliamy believes homework is an unnecessary burden

Is it time we banished homework?

Schools say it's essential and means pupils learn to work independently. But students – along with some of their teachers – say it's a waste of everyone's time. Here, a headteacher and a pupil lay out their arguments for and against.

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