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Number has leaped since Government ban was introduced in September

The Government has been accused of lacking enthusiasm for vocational education in the past

Government announces seven new university technical colleges

A major expansion for the network of top-class university technical colleges for 14 to 18-year-olds has been given the go-ahead by ministers.

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Goldsmiths College is applauded for greater transparency over vice-chancellor's pay

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Hardline governors in some Birmingham schools were guilty of 'serious malpractice' and bullied headteachers out of their jobs in order to introduce Islamic worship

Trojan Horse report: Birmingham schools broke law with Islamic assemblies and banned sex education

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Competitive parents who want to give the best present have raised the stakes in classrooms across the country

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Chalk Talk: The closure of Harrowden Middle School in Bedford is an own goal

I have often written about headteachers facing the sack after a poor report on their school by Ofsted. Headteachers' leaders such as Russell Hobby, of the National Association of Head Teachers, and Brian Lightman, of the Association of School and College Leaders, call it "football manager syndrome".

End games: headteacher Deirdre Murphy at a farewell party for the pupils

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Richard Garner reports on a bizarre educational decision
Pitch perfect: Felsted’s Nancy Hebron, who has trained with the England team

Success of the England women's cricket team inspires girls to take up game in record numbers

Richard Garner reports on a grass-roots revolution

The Children's Bookshow competition is a chance for young readers to be writers

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Chalk Talk: More free schools won't necessarily mean more good schools

Just a comment on the announcement of the next tranche of free schools by Education Secretary Michael Gove.

Amy Chua is the author of the controversial book, Battle
Hymn of the Tiger Mother

How to help your child do well at school: 'Helicopter parents' and 'tiger mothers' should back off, say researchers

Researchers in the US came up with the astonishing finding that parental involvement in children's schooling makes no difference at all to test scores and exam grades. So what does help them learn better?

Chalk Talk: Prominent education figures feature in Queen's Birthday Honours list

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The head of schools watchdog Ofsted said headteachers should be able to fine parents for being

Ofsted head Sir Michael Wilshaw: Give headteachers power to fine 'bad' parents

Mr Wilshaw says levy should be imposed on parents who fail to turn up to parents evening or on those who don't enforce homework

Chalk Talk: Free school statistics that may not quite add up

An intriguing insight into the Government's flagship free schools policy was given last weekend at the Northern Rocks education conference in Leeds.

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