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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.

Tim Smit is setting up the world’s first digital technical college to give blue-collar workers the same ‘dignity’ as the white-collar professions

Tim Smit: Life after Eden... Mr Optimism returns with a new big idea

Tim Smit, the maverick behind Cornwall's indoor rainforests, now has an even grander project: shaking up Britain's blue-collar workforce. Michael McCarthy meets him

Tesco's Sir Terry voices support for higher tuition fees at universities

Sir Terry Leahy, the former Tesco boss, yesterday claimed that higher tuition fees would boost academic standards because students treated university like a "three-year gap year" when degrees were cheap.

Laurie Penny: Shame has become our stick for beating the poor

Single mother Shanene Thorpe was squeezed by the BBC into a caricature: shameless scrounger

Lianne Gutcher: If the Taliban regains power, girls may lose an education

Many families will not allow daughters to attend school if the teacher is male

Roy Hodgson keeps an eye on training in Oslo

England squad to visit Auschwitz during Euro 2012

Members of England's Euro 2012 squad will visit the former Nazi death camp at Auschwitz when they travel to Poland ahead of next month's European Championship.

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Referee Andre Marriner steps in as Suarez and Evra clash

PFA want racist abuse punishments increased

The Professional Footballers Association want to make racist abuse on the field a sackable offence next season.

Michael Gove rejects demands for more grammar schools

Education Secretary Michael Gove today rejected demands by Conservative MPs to allow the creation of more grammar schools, insisting they were not a “magic bullet” to solve the problems of the education system.

Deaf children at risk of losing vital services as local councils implement second year of savage cuts

Deaf children are at risk of losing vital services as local councils implement a second year of savage cuts, a new report by a deaf children’s charity has warned.

NHS education reforms 'lack detail'

The Government's plans to reform education and training in the NHS are unclear and lack detail, MPs have warned.

Parents join striking teachers at academy row school

Parents joined striking teachers on the picket line outside a primary school yesterday, in a protest against Michael Gove's "ideological" attempts to impose academy status.

Leading article: Lessons still to be learnt from grammar schools

Last week, it was the Education Secretary, Michael Gove.

Pupils at independent schools outscore state pupils in passing good A-levels

Clegg condemns divide in schools as 'corrosive'

Lib Dem leader mounts withering attack on 'damaging' effects of inequality

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Observations: The latest child star with brains to back up their movie career

Kara Hayward is the latest in a line of child actresses who have brains as well as talent. The 13-year-old star of Cannes opening-night film Moonrise Kingdom has been a member of Mensa since the age of nine. Some of the Massachusetts native's artwork and poems have been published. So she looks odds-on to join the club of brainy actresses who, having taken Hollywood by storm, decide to take a career sabbatical to study. 

Chalk Talk: Where in the world can you find a decent education?

First it was Michael Gove wanting to embrace the Swedish schools' reforms to try and inject new life into efforts to raise standards in schools.

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