News Dr Andrew Davis claims rival camps in the debate over how to teach children to read are acting like 'religious fundamentalists'

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.

Toddler killed by gunman in Arizona

A toddler was among five people killed yesterday when a gunman opened fire in the Phoenix suburb of Gilbert, Arizona.

Chalk Talk: You're late again, Gove – see me after class

Eyebrows were raised at last week's Commons Education Select Committee session when the star witness, Michael Gove, failed to turn up on time for his grilling. The penalties for such an offence can be horrendous – police have been known to be despatched to arrest those that fail to turn up.

Science exams easier, says Ofqual

GCSEs and A-levels in science and geography are easier than they were 10 years ago, the exams regulator said today.

MICHAEL GOVE: The Education Secretary wants a more traditional curriculum in schools

Gove's 'golden age' of education didn't happen, says head teacher

Education Secretary Michael Gove is obsessed with a golden age that never happened, according to the general secretary of the headteachers' union.

A-levels to be overhauled to combat grade inflation

A-Levels are set to be radically overhauled in response to years of grade inflation, the head of the exam watchdog has signalled.

A report claims the chief executive of the Priory Trust, Richard Gilliland which runs the Priory Academy LSST in Lincoln (pictured), paid for horse-riding lessons for his son out of school funds

Police investigate riding lessons and sex games at academies' expense

Department for Education finds 'serious failings' after audit of trust running four schools

Pearson training arm feels the pinch

Pearson, the owner of the Financial Times, warned yesterday that its educational training business is being "adversely affected" by the way the Government funds apprenticeships.

Anti-gay petition challenged

A letter from the Catholic Education Service asking its schools to urge their pupils to sign a petition against gay marriage faces a legal challenge.

Gove says a move away from AS-levels would develop pupils' thinking skills

Eight academies given improvement notice

Eight academy schools have been put on notice that they must boost their standards or face action, it was revealed today.

Gove's nutrition policy risks child health, says Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver has warned Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, that his school meals policies are endangering children's health.

18 years for Tube station killers

Three youths were jailed for 18 years each today for murdering a 15-year-old schoolboy stabbed to death at a Tube station.

Sarah Malm: We are game for anything, but not being ripped off

The Olympics will be a spectacular show with people travelling from all over the world to see the best of the best compete. There is no arguing that point.

Weekend courses give students extra flexibility and time to socialise

Something different for the weekend? The rise of Saturday and Sunday courses.

More and more universities are offering Saturday and Sunday courses for students who'd prefer not to give up their evenings

The executive decision: why it makes sense to work alongside a part-time MBA

After two years of running a business, Heather Baker decided to study for an executive MBA at London Business School. She blogs about what it's like to work and study at the same time.

'What works in one case won't help in another'

It is only when applying knowledge to practical issues that you can see how vital MBA skills are
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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

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Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
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The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

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