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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.

Politicians should stay out of schools, says ex-curriculum head

Politicians should be stopped from meddling in school policy and using visits among pupils as photo shoots, the former head of the national curriculum said last night.

Both sides could learn from each other in dispute between Gove and teachers

It is perhaps no surprise to find Education Secretary Michael Gove and hundreds of teachers at loggerheads over his proposed national curriculum reforms.

Ban for principal who ignored sex abuse claims

The former head of a school where a teacher sexually abused pupils has been banned from teaching.

Chalk Talk: How old do you have to be to be considered a young teacher?

They say 40 is the new 60 as we get to grips with our new ageing population – and the message seems not to have been lost on the National Union of Teachers (NUT).

Christine Blower: The NUT leader says young children will be made to feel like failures

Government's free schools are opening where they're not needed, teachers say - while primary schools face shortage 'crisis'

One in five of the Government’s flagship free schools are being opened in areas where there is no need for more school places, new research has revealed.

The Education Secretary, Michael Gove plans a new “back to basics” national curriculum

'Gradgrind' Michael Gove's new curriculum is 'so boring
that truancy will rise,' teachers warn

Bored pupils will play truant from school if Education Secretary Michael Gove goes ahead with his planned new “back to basics” national curriculum, teachers warned today.

The sanctioned use of cash to persuade state schools to make the switch to academies will be yet another embarrassment for Michael Gove

Gove's new National Curriculum demands too much, too young

It is not the underperformance of teachers that is harming young people's chances, but broader inequality in society. Mr Gove's proposals are change for the worse

The Education Secretary, Michael Gove

Will Michael Gove's high-stakes final exams put 'girl power' into reverse?

Education Secretary Michael Gove’s exam reforms could discriminate against girls, teachers warned today.

Chalk Talk: How Gove gave headteachers something to cheer about

The London Metropolitan Hotel turned out to be a most appropriate venue for last weekend's annual conference of the Association of School and College Leaders. Appropriate, that is, because just opposite the hotel entrance was a hair salon called "Headmasters" – which led me to wonder whether anyone had dropped into the salon expecting to find the conference. Probably not, though, because they would have had to have been sexist.

The Education Secretary, Michael Gover

Michael Gove has failed to 'engage and excite' teachers over national curriculum plans, headteachers warn

Education Secretary Michael Gove has failed to “engage and excite” teachers over his plans for a new national curriculum, headteachers warned today.

Decrease in pupils playing truant coincides with rise in parents being fined when children skip class

A record number of parents faced fines because their children played truant from school last year, official figures reveal today.

Teachers and lecturers held a one-day strike in London late last month over staff and pension cuts

Too many headteachers have been sacked because of government pressures and tough inspections, says union leader

ASCL general secretary says this will lead to good teachers opting out of moves to 'challenging' schools

Department for Education's (DfE) permanent secretary Chris Wormald appears before the Commons education select committee

Top civil servant Chris Wormald admits he never told Education Secretary Michael Gove about abusive behaviour allegations against special adviser

The Education Secretary Michael Gove was never told about allegations of abusive behaviour by one of his senior special advisers, the head of his department admitted today.

Chalk Talk: How to make those history lessons go with a bang

History, it seems, is a subject where everyone has a view as to how it should be taught in schools – and they all differ.

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