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'Girls learn so much better without boys'

Gillian Low, the new president of the Girls' Schools Association, tells Richard Garner why she supports single-sex education – and what she believes state schools can learn from the private sector

Can Sweden teach our schools a lesson?

The children design their uniforms. They sit on cushions while being taught. And it's the teachers who change classrooms between lessons. A left-wing experiment? No, Britain's first Scandinavian-style school – and the model for the Tories' education policy. Richard Garner visits Hampton Community College

Gardening: The art of planting

As competitors put finishing touches to their Chelsea Flower Show gardens, Anna Pavord meets a former fine artist who’s bringing a painterly vision to her plot

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