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.

45,000 fans will wear Cristiano Ronaldo face masks when Real Madrid face Galatasaray tonight in a show of support for his Ballon d'Or campaign

Real Madrid v Galatasaray: 45,000 Real Madrid fans to wear Cristiano Ronaldo face masks in show of Fifa Ballon d'Or support

Two supporters groups have organised the stunt to support campaign for the forward to win this year's Ballon d'Or award

Let study be its own reward: How to make the most of your lectures

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Artur Boruc was a strong presence on the pitch
Education Secretary Michael Gove

Black children 'still getting raw deal' from the schools system, says Gove

Black children are still getting a raw deal from the schools system, the Education Secretary Michael Gove said.

Pupils look through microscopes during a science lesson

Science is downgraded in primary schools as English and maths given priority, say inspectors

It is often not taught every day - and half of pupils are given no targets for it

Michael Gove's department is threatening action

Must try harder! 30 academies sent 'pre-warning' letters to improve performance

DfE says 'results in a minority of sponsored academies remain stubbornly low'

Steven Gerrard is hoping success this season will convince Luis Suarez to stay with Liverpool

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard admits striker Luis Suarez could leave in the summer if they miss out on Champions League football

The Uruguayan striker was the subject of an intense pursuit by Arsenal in the summer, and Gerrard wants success this season to convince him that his future lies at Anfield

Andy McSmith's Diary: It may not be Old Trafford but the Reds usually score in 'Cameron Time'

It is a long time since there has been a Speaker of the House of Commons as intensely disliked by ministers as the incumbent, John Bercow. After years of grumbling and complaining in Parliament’s corridors and cafés, no less a figure than the deputy Chief Whip, Greg Hands, has gone public to vent the business managers’ frustration about Bercow’s practice of allowing Prime Minister’s Questions to carry on past its allotted half hour. “PMQs getting like Old Trafford. 5 minutes extra time in the hope that the Reds can score a late equaliser,” he tweeted.

An adult playing with a child at a nursery - a senior Ofsted officer says children should be admitted to school from the age of two to eradicate the effects of poverty on their performance

How young is too young? Ofsted inspector suggests children should start school at two

Starting children this young could eradicate the effects of poverty on their performance

We must give our young people the skills they need to fill the employment gap

Our aim is for all 16- and 18-year-olds to get a job or apprenticeship, go to university or do A-levels

Skills not schools: Lord Baker unveils UTC's new deal for teenage learning

Lord Baker’s emphasis on practical skills could transform secondary sector

The way schools are being ranked is to be scrapped by ministers

Controversial GCSE ranking system to be overhauled

Schools will be ranked on pupils' best eight GCSEs in future

Ada Lovelace envisioned the digitisation of life

Review: A female genius ... By James Essinger

The history of science is punctuated by eureka moments of great discovery, but it’s also full of less well-known “what might have beens”. One such agonising narrative is the story of Charles Babbage’s Analytical Machine which, had it received the financial backing and development it needed, might have kick-started the computer age a century sooner.

The help desk: 'Guilt and feelings of failure stop me living my life'

Q. My life has become very busy, with a full-time job, two children, an increasingly frail mother and one child going through exams. My mother needs frequent visits and I also help deal with all the admin and paperwork that she can no longer manage. I appreciate that, unlike some, I do have a husband to share the load and have no major money problems, and I'm very much aware there are others with a lot more on their plates and much greater difficulties to deal with.

Michael Gove adviser says genetics are more important than teaching

Dominic Cummings report claims as much as 70 per cent of a child’s performance is genetically derived

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Arsenal know battle with Besiktas is a season-defining fixture

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