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Nick Williams's criticisms of the absence of creativity in Britain's education system are far from a case of "he would say that, wouldn't he". The out-going principal of the BRIT School for performing arts laments the fact that Britain leads the world in any number of creative industries, yet our schools teach less drama, less music and less art than ever before. How right he is.

Top school condemns 'prejudice' over arts

The retiring principal of the BRIT School for performing arts has accused the Department for Education of "living in a state of fear" and denying children the vocational teaching they need for future careers in the creative industries.

Video: School bus crashes in Chesterfield

Several children have been injured after a school bus crashed into a low railway bridge in Chesterfield.

DfE school performance tables 2010

Search the Department for Education site by institution, postcode, region or constituency

The 50 best back-to-school buys

From anti-smell sports bags to indestructible lunchboxes, Kate Watson-Smyth presents the coolest kit for surviving the year ahead

Ofsted targets bad behaviour

Behaviour in a fifth of schools is not good enough, official figures suggest. Some 21.3 per cent of schools were judged to be just "satisfactory" or "inadequate" in terms of pupil behaviour by Ofsted inspectors last year, according to statistics published by the Department for Children, Schools and Families.

The 50 best back to school buys

From designer notebooks to lovable lunchbags, Clare Dwyer Hogg packs a satchel with everything your children need for a new term

The Back 9 - 5 March 2009

My story: "To begin with it was just name calling"

Stephen Sellers, 16, suffered from bullying when he was younger. Read his story here…

Letter: Section 28 is wrong

Sir: Rupert Thorne says he is grateful for the ban on the "aggressive promotion" of homosexuality in schools. As this never took place in any school in the United Kingdom, I wonder why it had to be banned.

Education: Letter - Burning issues for beacon schools

I can understand the misgivings arising about the likelihood of beacon schools becoming elitist and selective, if they are not these already. However, it would be a mistake for heads and staff at other schools to shun the idea completely. Consider the advantages of two-way movement between beacon and non-beacon schools.

Letter: Inspecting Ofsted

Letter: Inspecting Ofsted

Special needs pupils get pounds 11m boost for access to schools

The Government yesterday announced a boost of pounds 11m to help mainstream schools become more accessible to special needs children. Estelle Morris, the schools minister, told MPs that the almost three-fold increase on the pounds 4m set aside by the previous administration for the Schools Access Initiative was the most that had ever been spent on the initiative in any year.

Letter: Care after school

Sir: I am a single parent from the "not so deserving" category outlined by Lynne Reid Banks (letter, 27 November). Thankfully I am in work, and supporting myself and my son.

LETTER : School uniforms have changed

Sir: Regarding David Blunkett's enthusiasm for school uniforms: at my old school, Maes Garmon in Yr Wyddgrug (Mold), we wore blazers emblazoned with the school motto Ni Lwyddir Heb Lafur - "There Is No Success Without Labour". Perhaps Mr Blunkett might like to adopt that as a countrywide motto.

Letter: Danger: learning

Sir: On the subject of homework for schoolchildren (leading article, 14 January; letters, 16 January), I was once teaching at a secondary modern school. The question of homework came up, and one boy said: "My dad don't agree with homework. He says you only set it so as we can learn more."
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