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Hundreds of teachers have signed up for a new no-strike legal service offering an alternative to trade union membership, it was claimed today.

Mary Dejevsky: Don't close campuses just because school's out for summer

Any new structure should have to earn its keep right around the year

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Commiserations to Canongate, the Edinburgh-based publisher of authors including Alasdair Gray, Barack Obama and Julian Assange, whose staff have been suffering seagull attacks.

Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw opposes radical reform

The Ofsted chief inspector is against radical reforms that would see less able pupils sit simpler qualifications or take papers later on, it was reported today.

Chalk Talk by Richard Garner: Two behaviour tsars – on their very best behaviour

What happens if you put two behaviour tsars in the same room? Presumably, even if they disagreed, it wouldn't be fisticuffs at dawn because they are supposed to be showing exemplary standards of behaviour to the nation's children.

Michael Gove: The Education Secretary favours a single exam boar

MPs criticise exam boards for dumbing down standards in a 'race to the bottom' to sign up schools

A “race to the bottom” as exam boards compete to sign up schools has led to a dumbing down of standards, MPs on the influential Commons select committee said today.

Flagship free school has only signed up 37 pupils

One of the Government’s flagship free schools has only signed up 37 pupils - despite civil servants being told over 500 parents had expressed an interest in the school.

Michael Gove, the Education Secretary

Michael Gove targets councils that do not agree with his policies

Education Secretary will punish those who hold back reforms for poorly peforming schools

Labour on the offensive over exam plans

Labour will today attempt to ramp up pressure on the coalition by calling on Liberal Democrats to join them in condemning proposals to reintroduce O-levels and CSEs as “consigning young people to the scrapheap”.

No hidden agenda, insists Leveson

Lord Justice Leveson said today that he had no "hidden agenda" to stifle press freedom.

Professor hits back at MPs over Latin jibes

The Education Secretary has been criticised by one of Britain's leading classicists for making Latin look like "the favourite subject of the radical right wing".

Between the Covers 24/06/2012

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Michael Gove says GCSEs 'dumbed down in a race to the bottom'

Gove's plan to bring back O-levels would herald 'return to the 1950s'

Michael Gove's plans to scrap GCSEs and replace them with old-style O-levels looked bound for the scrapheap last night after a furious Nick Clegg threatened to reject the idea.

Lisa Markwell: The education reform that is testing for everyone

How did it go?" I ask brightly. The response is a grunt. This is my lot as the mother of a child sitting GCSEs.

February 2005: Jamie Oliver promoting the TV series calling for healthier school meals

Jamie Oliver 'lost faith with ministers' over school meals campaign

Jamie Oliver claims he has "lost faith" in the Government as a result of his ongoing battle over nutritional standards in schools.

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