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Teachers have suspended what would have been the first strike action against one of Education Secretary Michael Gove’s flagship free schools.

Primary schools will be expected to get 85 per cent of pupils to reach the required standard in English and maths

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Plans to ratchet up the minimum targets in literacy and numeracy for primary schools are being considered by ministers.

Teachers at one of Michael Gove's flagship free schools are staging a series of walkouts

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Maths is the only subject where girls still lag behind boys

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Cambridge University's Trinity College

Cambridge raises A-level grades needed to study science degrees

Science, maths, medicine and engineering degrees will all now require at least two A*s and one A

Delhi's Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addresses his supporters during a protest in New Delhi

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Labour promises extra £120 for workers who lose long-term jobs

Extra £20 a week in benefit for six weeks would apply if they had been in work for four or five years

Transfer your expertise to a teaching career

After almost two decades working in IT, Anna Kyriacou decided to retrain as a teacher. Growing demand for her skills means great career opportunities lie ahead.

In an interview with The Independent, Rachel Reeves, the shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, revealed a 'tough love' strategy to stop the unemployed staying on the dole for up to three years before their English, maths and computer skills are assessed

Exclusive: Labour will make jobless take maths and English tests

Shadow minister tells ‘The Independent’ those who refuse training will lose benefits

Arifa Akbar: Some fictional characters are gay. Get over it

I was waiting for the Australian author, Christos Tsiolkas to begin his first UK event this week and, as the audience filed in from the drizzle, I noticed a particular absence in the room. That of women. It was just me until – phew – three others slunk in. Tsiolkas's reading at a Bloomsbury basement bar had been organised by the bookshop Gay's the Word, so the clue was in the title, but I was thrown at first, to be among an audience with shared affinities that reared themselves – fascinatingly – during the discussion.

Dame Ann Dowling: 'When big projects go wrong, more often than not it’s because the team didn't talk to one another'

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Scientists publish first mathematical proof explaining the reason it might always seem like everyone else is doing better than you – because (on average) they are

Yooranah with his mother Alinga at Edinburgh Zoo

A new plan to save Australian wildlife prioritises saving species which add the most to the economy. But is this a mercenary approach, or just good sense?

If you have nearly 100 critically endangered animals, how do you target limited conservation resources? Australian scientists have come up with one solution, using a mathematical equation to determine which species should be saved and which let go.

Thinking about a career change? Get into teaching

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