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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 history teacher's appraisal of Michael Gove's approach to the teaching of history

The Education Secretary's ability to brush aside the past work of so many is worrying as well as sad

Nearly half of ethnic minority teachers feel 'racial discrimination has stopped them progressing'

Nearly half of teachers who are black or ethnic minority (BME) feel that racial discrimination has stopped them from progressing in their careers, a conference organised by a teacher union has heard.

The lesson? Britain cannot afford to ignore this crisis

Teachers can inspire and enthuse only if they have been trained in their subjects

End Violence Against Women is highly critical of the lack of action by the Department for Education in taking steps to curb abuse through schools

Majority of parents believe sex education should be compulsory in secondary schools, YouGov poll reveals

Sex education lessons should be compulsory in secondary schools and address the issue of sexual consent, the vast majority of parents believe.

Both sides could learn from each other in dispute between Gove and teachers

It is perhaps no surprise to find Education Secretary Michael Gove and hundreds of teachers at loggerheads over his proposed national curriculum reforms.

No Fit State Circus, which says some of its performers could be hit by the new education reforms

The new school laws on attendance that mean you can’t run away to the circus anymore

Travelling circuses could be hit with an exodus of performers as a result of proposed new education reforms, entertainers have warned.

Micahel Gove means well, but just doesn't get it

Educational reforms mean nothing if the kids skip class. Plus, Nancy Dell'Olio on feminism, and death metal disappointment

Chalk Talk: How to make those history lessons go with a bang

History, it seems, is a subject where everyone has a view as to how it should be taught in schools – and they all differ.

Tim Loughton tabled parliamentary questions about Cummings

Tory ex-minister, Tim Loughton, turns his sights on Michael Gove's adviser

The former Tory Education minister Tim Loughton has turned his fire on his old boss Michael Gove by tabling a series of hostile parliamentary questions designed to unseat the Education Secretary’s key adviser.

Making sport more competitive? PE lessons already embarrass and alienate some students

Why not give students the choice of which activity they partake in?

Bruce Forsyth poses for photographs after receiving his knighthood in 2011

Britain's honours system set for shake-up, with ministers given powers to 'fast track' nominations for knighthoods and other awards

Ministers are to be given the power to ‘fast track’ nominations for knighthoods and other awards as part of plans to radically shake-up of Britain’s ancient honours system.

Long Live The Geeks!

Kids don't think reading is cool and only three in ten read on their own initiative. But who wants to be "cool" anyway?

Could you conceive of and design memorable and functional buildings? Architecture may be for you

What's it like to study... Architecture

Liam Houghton studied BA Architecture at the University of Westminster and was awarded First Class Honours. He writes that his experience was challenging but extremely useful

Swedish spy chiefs under fire for lavish £400,000 James Bond party

The Swedish secret service has come under fire for lavishing more than £400,000 on a James Bond-themed staff party.

At last: Frankie Dettori (in blue) drives Willing Foe to win the Ebor Handicap for the first time after 25 years of trying

Guarantee surges into Leger form

The son of Authorized sweeps to victory in Melrose Stakes and lines up a challenge to Camelot

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