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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.

Bright Blue members include Theresa May, left, and Maria Miller

Exclusive: Revealed - Tory plan for firms to run schools for profit

Controversial proposal blocked by Lib Dems but is expected to appear in 2015 Conservative manifesto

Teachers spark strike threat over pay plan

Schools across Britain could face strikes as early as this term as teaching unions meet on Tuesday for a crunch meeting to plan widespread industrial action.

Mary Seacole helped to treat the sick and wounded in the Crimean War between Russia and an alliance of the French, British and Ottoman empires and the kingdom of Sardinia

Don’t consign Mary Seacole to history, Michael Gove is urged

Petition launched to prevent Crimean War nurse being written out of school textbooks

Michael Gove’s proposals for an EBacc would squeeze out non-core subjects, argues Lord Baker

Tory grandee attacks Gove's 'huge mistake' on new exams

Former Education Secretary Lord Baker says plans for EBacc will not outlive the Government

Backlash over ban on cheap drink

The Coalition's plans to impose a minimum price on alcohol are being opposed in the Cabinet.

Teachers 'buy food for poor pupils'

Children are skipping school dinners because their parents can no longer afford to buy them. Two out of three teachers say they have had to either give their pupils food or buy them a meal to stop them going hungry, according to a survey from the Children's Society.

Hitler and the Henrys: let’s not teach students the same subjects over and over again

Michael Gove has been worried for a while about the lack curriculum in history teaching.

Children spending a year in pre-school would boost UK ranking in international education league tables

Researchers predict UK would have risen from 25th to 13th out of 60 in the latest international literacy test

Editorial: When Tories dig their heels in

Sometimes, a controversial piece of social legislation tells us something profound about the modern world – but the political argument over whether to end the ban on same-sex marriages in religious buildings says more about the Tory party than about the society we live in.

Education Secretary Michael Gove has backed proposals by the School Teachers Review Body

Teachers threaten walkouts in row over Government salary shake-up

Teaching unions say members will expect them to respond to radical reforms in a "vigorous fashion"

The number of grades wrongly awarded has soared by 18.7 per cent to 45,630

Sharp rise in number of GCSE and A-level papers wrongly marked fuels concerns over standards

A dramatic rise in the number of GCSE and A-level papers wrongly marked by examiners this summer is revealed in figures released today.

Angry student protests return to the streets of London

Two years after the tuition fees increase, students are back to make their voices heard

EU plans to go ahead on budget without Cameron

David Cameron has come under increasing pressure to rein in Eurosceptic members of his party after it emerged that frustrated European Union officials have begun drawing up a plan to pass a crucial seven-year budget without the UK.

New tests will cut school reading time, say authors

A new spelling and punctuation test for 11-year-olds next year will cut the time for children's reading in schools, authors warned at the weekend.

When two young brothers tortured, strangled and sexually abused two children of their own age in Edlington near Doncaster in 2009, it led the then Leader of the Opposition David Cameron to attack Britain’s “broken society”

The events in Doncaster that led Cameron to attack Britain’s "broken society" - but lessons still haven't been learnt, says report

When two young brothers tortured, strangled and sexually abused two children of their own age near Doncaster in 2009, it led the then Leader of the Opposition David Cameron to attack Britain’s “broken society”.

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links