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Boris's comments on ‘hasty, rash, precipitous’ cyclists is classic government victim-blaming

Despite the recent deaths on London's roads, Johnson seems to believe that it is the personal choices of cyclists that determine their safety

Labour to support free schools run by parents, says Tristram Hunt

New shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt says parent-led academies would put ‘rocket boosters’ on current schemes to back community engagement in learning

State schools ‘an open door for evangelical groups to push creationism,’ warns study

National Secular Society calls on Government to introduce stricter codes of conduct

Michael Gove's controversial adviser Dominic Cummings is to quit his job

Free school headmistress with no qualifications quits after four weeks

27-year old Annaliese Briggs resigns her position in charge of Pimlico Primary after a month

The Association of Teachers and Lecturers has claimed that many support staff are being asked to provide cover for absent teachers

There is no easy solution to the crisis in British education

The UK is the only nation where our young people have less mastery of the basics than the adult population as a whole

A ray of light in child protection

It is no insult to say there are not enough inspirational leaders among social workers

Too late: Four-year-old Hamzah Khan died at the hands of his mother

Special report: Elite social-worker course attracts 1,000 graduates, but Frontline will take only the best 100

Rigorous government-backed tests modelled on MI5 recruitment to create robust child-protection teams

British Prime Minster David Cameron delivers his keynote speech on the last day of the annual Conservative Party Conference at Manchester Central

David Cameron: Young people under 25 would not be able to claim employment or housing benefits under Tory government

PM offers prospect of income tax cuts as he pleads for chance to 'finish the job' of balancing nation’s books in closing speech

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Best new ideas in politics are still the old ideas

Top politicians are brilliant at making old ideas sound as good as new. Ed Miliband’s is One Nation. David Cameron proclaimed – 13 times – that Tory Britain would be a “land of opportunity” as if it hadn’t been deployed by practically every party leader in memory.

Matthew Norman on Monday: What's Iain Duncan Smith doing running welfare?

Plus: Cameron remembers things differently, On election debates,  I agree with Ed, A fat lot of respect for poor Michael Gove

Sexual education is a basic right, Gove. So let's stop thinking of it as a fruity optional extra

It’s vital that we make SRE – including a proper education about women’s autonomy, rape, and consent – a statutory part of the curriculum

Chalk talk: Stephen Twigg may still get one last chance to make a mark

All the talk has been of cabinet reshuffles in the run-up to the party conference season – but now it looks like they may be delayed until after it is over.

Teachers ‘mark pupils higher’ to lift rankings

Teachers are being put under pressure to “inflate” and “invent” pupils' marks in science coursework to improve their schools' GCSE results and boost their league table rankings, according to research being published today.

Andy Schofield, the former principal of Wellington Academy, in September 2011

Head of Wellington Academy forced out by GCSE results

'Unacceptable' grades embarrass flagship state school funded by private Wellington College

The IPPR wants to force the young to vote. It's a push in the right direction

Libertarians might run a mile, but radical steps are needed

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