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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.

Academy chain to break Government pay ceiling in bid to lure ‘best teachers’

One of the country’s biggest academy chains is busting the Government’s pay ceiling for public sector workers by offering all its teachers a 1.5 per cent pay rise.

Schools on course to miss Government's GCSE exam target

The science pass rate is set to drop as a result of examiners making physics, chemistry and biology papers tougher

The lesson? Britain cannot afford to ignore this crisis

Teachers can inspire and enthuse only if they have been trained in their subjects

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And teaching it shouldn't just be a Conservative project

More than one in four parents plan to hire tutors during the summer holidays, according to an organisation that offers online maths tutorials

Parents turn to private tutors during holidays to stop 'summer slide'

More than one in four parents plan to hire tutors during the summer holidays, according to an organisation that offers online maths tutorials.

Academics deride league tables that guide Michael Gove's reforms

Utterly wrong! Flawed! Academics deride league tables that guide Michael Gove's reforms

Model used to calculate triennial rankings contains 'profound' error, says mathematician

Chalk talk: Why Gove's classroom plans are just not very rock'n'roll

To the RSA to listen to Sir Ken Robinson, internationally renowned guru on how to introduce creativity into the classroom and former adviser to the previous Labour government – and several other governments around the world.

Report says take-up of school dinners is low at 43 per cent despite quality improvements

Free school meals for every primary school pupil? Education Secretary Michael Gove joins the war on packed lunches

Minister backs £1bn plan to boost attainment through better nutrition

George Osborne wearing his high-tech wristband

Chancellor and trendsetter: George Osborne is rocking a trendy new Jawbone 'Up' wristband

It is designed to help users sleep better, exercise more effectively and stay away from unhealthy food

Does all this outsourcing really represent good value in terms of quality or cost?

Both companies rely on government contracts, but G4S has business in 125 countries

Prime Minister praises 'rigorous, engaging and tough' national curriculum, following Michael Gove's education overhaul

But teachers are warning that the government could be creating chaos in classrooms next year

The 'tech level' is designed to prepare young people for work in a particular occupation, such as IT

New ‘tech level’ qualification revealed that offers pupils a top-class vocational education

Plans for a new “tech level” to run alongside A-levels and offer pupils a top-class vocational education are unveiled by the Government today.

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

Hundreds of schools were closed today, because of a teacher strike

Hundreds of schools closed as teachers in the north-west stage one day strike

Workers strike over increases to pension contributions and cuts to the size of payouts

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