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?

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.

Talking shop: Dickson Poon, owns Harvey Nichols and is the law school’s benefactor

David Caron: 'I want King's College London to be the Harvey Nichols of law schools'

A big donation from the luxury-goods businessman Dickson Poon means a new name and a bright future for law at King's College London. Its incoming dean tells Richard Garner his plans

Chalk Talk: A night that showed creativity in our schools at its very best

I went to a West End theatre on Sunday night – not something I would normally mention in this column, but it was rather a special occasion.

On the up: pupils at the Oxford Spires Academy

How did a new head turn Oxford Spires Academy round in just two years?

Its name may evoke scholarly tranquility, but under its previous identity, Oxford Spires was closed down for its poor results.

Chalk Talk: How old do you have to be to be considered a young teacher?

They say 40 is the new 60 as we get to grips with our new ageing population – and the message seems not to have been lost on the National Union of Teachers (NUT).

Chalk Talk: It's top marks for the most inclusive schools in Britain

Now that education-standards watchdog Ofsted no longer rates schools on their efforts to promote community cohesion, the Accord Coalition's Inclusive Schools Award takes on a new dimension. It can give some deserved credit to schools that have been beavering away to break down barriers – not, of course, that the award is their main reason for doing so.

The notorious Ridings School

Nigel de Gruchy: 'Teacher strikes don't have to be selfish'

There's a spring of discontent looming for teachers. But industrial action needn't harm pupils, says veteran union leader Nigel de Gruchy – in fact, it can be good for them, he tells Richard Garner.

Chalk Talk: How Gove gave headteachers something to cheer about

The London Metropolitan Hotel turned out to be a most appropriate venue for last weekend's annual conference of the Association of School and College Leaders. Appropriate, that is, because just opposite the hotel entrance was a hair salon called "Headmasters" – which led me to wonder whether anyone had dropped into the salon expecting to find the conference. Probably not, though, because they would have had to have been sexist.

The Little Miss Geek event at St Saviour’s and St Olave’s school, London, with Siobhan Reddy

Why girls should be geeks, too

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