News Teachers at one of Michael Gove's flagship free schools have suspended their strike action

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

Euclid, Greek mathematician, 3rd century BC, as imagined by Raphael in this detail from The School of Athens

Universities must back special maths schools to keep UK competitive

Too many British students lack the necessary maths skills to excel in their degrees, according to Education Minister Elizabeth Truss

Do you know your 12 times table?

One times one is...

Regular bedtimes for children 'help brain power'

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Do you know your 12 times table?

One times one is...

Michael Gove brings back 12 times tables in new curriculum

Children will be taught fractions from the age of five and will once again have to learn the 12 times tables under a controversial new national curriculum to be announced today by the Education Secretary Michael Gove.

People cool off in the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain in Hyde Park yesterday as hot weather finally hits London

Britain basks in sunshine at last. But is it all part of the same global pattern of freak weather?

That’s the jet stream, trapped by a warmer Arctic, sparking extreme weather across the planet

Graeme Swann is England's lead spin bowler

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Equations that govern the trajectory of a spinning ball as it moves through the air have been published

The Sutton Trust says GCSE maths does not give pupils the skills they need in the modern world of work

Students to study maths until the age of 18

All pupils should have compulsory maths lessons up until the age of 18 - even if they have a top GCSE grade in the subject, says a report out today.

The Education Secretary Michael Gove’s department has been censured by public spending watchdogs over a plan to set up a state boarding school for inner-city children in the heart of the Sussex countryside

Profit making schools will bring chaos and cut standards

It's evidence that running schools on a for-profit basis harms standards, not dogma, that means Labour will never allow it to happen, says the Shadow Education Secretary

Wilson went to Harvard to read mathematics at 16

Kenneth Wilson: Physicist and Nobel laureate

Kenneth Wilson was a visionary physicist who won the 1982 Nobel Prize for his pioneering work on phase transitions, the transformation of thermodynamic systems from one phase or state of matter to another, an area physicists had been wrestling with for decades. This mathematical tool changed theoretical physicists' way of thinking, particularly in particle physics. He also pioneered the use of super-computers in particle physics.

Only 13 per cent of the science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) workforce are women

Sparks fly over Royal Society gender study

As a new inquiry prepares to look at sexism in British science, one PhD student says it is asking the wrong question

Jeremy Forrest was jailed for five and a half years yesterday

Woman arrested on suspicion of helping school teacher Jeremy Forrest coach his victim for trial

Jeremy Forrest has been sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison for abducting his pupil to France

The limits of the cuts are being reached

Rules of state spending are being reconsidered

The limits of the cuts are being reached – and now nowhere is safe from the axe

25 June 2013: Used tennis balls are boxed up on day two of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships

Wimbledon 2013 Diary: National sport of queuing; Lucky loser earns £6,000 a game; Murray keeps good work up his sleeve

"It's huge," said an impressed steward. It takes a lot to impress an honorary Wimbledon steward but the size of the ticket queue on day one this year was big even by SW19 standards. By 9am at nearby Southfields Tube station the Tannoy was instructing wannabe spectators to head home if they didn't already have tickets. Such was the demand that the touts – as much part of the experience as strawberries and so on – were only buying. It's another reminder that few countries watch sport, any sport, in such huge numbers as the British, which also probably explains why so few of us play it.

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