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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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