Education Secretary said he would be prepared to back future applications to expand selective schools
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Sunday 15 December 2013
As proposals for a ‘satellite’ school in Kent are rejected, Chief Inspector says the numbers fail to support claims that selection aids social mobility
Blow for supporters of selective schooling as Education Department vetoes major expansion of grammar school places in Kent
Friday 13 December 2013
Plans for a major expansion of grammar school places through the opening of a “satellite” school in Sevenoaks, Kent, have been vetoed by the Department for Education.
Thursday 21 November 2013
But one in three girls say they write out of class every day
Tuesday 12 November 2013
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Monday 11 November 2013
Teachers’ union leaders say increasing number of selective places is not best way to raise standards
The battle for grammar school places: Children from poorer homes 'should have free tuition' for 11-plus
Friday 08 November 2013
Researchers also say grammar schools should do more to shed elitist image
Tuesday 15 October 2013
'I understand what life is about now'
Wednesday 09 October 2013
The once-popular Victorian writer RM Ballantyne regularly channelled real-life adventures for his stories. His natural successor is Michelle Paver, whose children's books have sold over two million copies. A misleadingly demure former City lawyer, for research purposes she has swum with killer whales, gone seal hunting in Greenland and followed reindeer in Finland. For this Mediterranean Bronze Age novel, she has taken it comparatively easy, only crawling through claustrophobic copper mines and exploring a volcano.
Friday 04 October 2013
This book was given to me – by whom? – at the age of five or six, and was first browsed for its illustrations by Heath Robinson in misty watercolour. I would now describe these as resembling opium visions, but then I was simply lit up by images of Circe turning men into swine, Odysseus confronting the Cyclops, Lotus Eaters drugged on grassy ground, nymphs, sirens, and the rest.
Friday 20 September 2013
All public examinations - including GCSEs and A-levels - will be taken online within the next decade, an independent education chief is forecasting.
Tuesday 10 September 2013
Inspectors present the most severe criticism yet of standards in a selective school
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Anachronistic and iniquitous, grammar schools are a blot on the British education system
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