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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.

David Cameron faces backlash from Conservative right as Ukip attract votes from 'blue-collar Tories'

Coming in third - after UKIP - seen as evidence that PM's rebranding campaign has gone too far

How good is a teacher? Check the exam results

Improved test scores are a far better measure of success than student surveys

Chalk Talk: Why Michael Gove had better start minding his language

The law of unintended consequences has struck again. One aspect of Education Secretary Michael Gove's national curriculum review that was greeted with well nigh unanimous acclaim was the decision to make the learning of a language compulsory for children from the age of seven.

Chalk Talk: Last week I hadn't felt the wrath of a special adviser – I have now

For every action, there is an alternative reaction – which you just cannot predict.

Department of Education workers vote in favour of strike action over cuts and job losses

Civil servants in Education Secretary Michael Gove’s department have voted for strike action over plans to axe 1,000 jobs. Members of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) backed walkouts by a two-to-one majority – with nine out of ten of those who voted giving the green light for industrial action short of strike.

Richard Garner: I have not felt the wrath of a personal adviser come down on me – until this week

Gove turns a blind eye to any opposition from schools. They are seen as 'enemies of promise'

Ofsted say children are being let down in PE lessons

Schools taking physical out of PE, warns Ofsted

Education watchdog says sessions fail to build up strength or stamina of children

Cambridge University announced a review of its admissions procedures today in the wake of Education Secretary Michael Gove’s A-level reforms

Plans to introduce flagship new qualification to replace GCSEs are 'a bridge too far', says Michael Gove

Triumph for arts subjects as Education Secretary admits to botching reform

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Michael Gove, education reform and why the rise of so-called experts is poisoning national debate

Most of the people who want to change things don't know enough to do it; while most of the people who have that knowledge don’t want to change a thing.

The report leaves the Education Secretary without an ally to back his plan to introduce the new EBacc

English Baccalaureate plans from Michael Gove 'threaten to wreck' stability of entire examination system

Education Secretary's proposals come under fire

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Mary Seacole and Education Minister Michael Gove

Coalition set to clash over removal of 'greatest black Briton' Mary Seacole from National Curriculum

Sources close to Nick Clegg say he is determined to stop Michael Gove's plans

Political tinkering is the enemy of education

'For a self-styled visionary Mr Gove demonstrates a paucity of imagination

Academic focus 'driving students to quit A-levels'

Pressure to study academic subjects is leading to thousands of teenagers dropping out of A-level studies, according to a report to be released today.

State schools should set up army cadet forces to ensure pupils are 'life ready'

Schools should also recruit more ex-armed service personnel, urges Labour

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