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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.

400 primary schools to get academy status

Four hundred primary schools that are judged to be among the weakest in England and Wales are to be taken out of the control of their local authorities and turned into academy schools, David Cameron has announced.

Lord Justice Leveson

Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband hold secret talks over Leveson

Party leaders plan to put pressure on Cameron not to water down inquiry’s recommendations

Exams regulator Ofqual accused of losing control of examination system by furious headteachers

Exams regulator Ofqual was accused of losing control of the examination system by headteachers today.

Chalk Talk: Allow me to introduce the latest witchfinder of the classroom

The Independent reported in the summer how an American education expert who advocates sacking large numbers of incompetent teachers has earned a reputation as a "witchfinder general of the classroom".

Writing to your old teachers – it's a bit creepy, isn't it?

But when you're Education Secretary sending letters to school masters is all in a day's spin

Rebecca Armstrong: Writing to your old teachers – it's a bit creepy, isn't it?

I hadn't given my old school much thought since I left it 14 years ago. Sure, it's cropped up in conversations about The Evils and Virtues of Grammar Schools (I grew up in Kent where grammars still roam the earth) as well as those about Colours I Will Never Wear Again – maroon and light blue, my school's uniform, meaning I could never be a West Ham fan. I have certainly had no burning desire to visit or get in touch with any of my old teachers.

Tests for trainee teachers to be revamped to raise status of profession

Would-be teachers will have to complete English essays and answer questions on maths topics including algebra before they can start training, it has been announced.

Chalk Talk: Drop the exam papers and put your hands up - this is a raid!

The job of chief exams regulator, it seems, is becoming more exciting by the minute.

Plans for closer EU ties are wrong, says Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson today waded into the debate over the European Union with a call to David Cameron to reject “nonsensical” plans for closer integration to bolster the eurozone.

In his keynote speech to the Conservative conference in Birmingham, Boris Johnson made a point of picking out the PM for praise

Boris Johnson cements position as leading Conservative party rival to David Cameron with provocative call to cut income tax for Britain’s highest earners

The Mayor of London was careful to pour praise on the Prime Minister for the 'fantastic job' he was doing

Seven-year-olds 'should learn Chinese'

Children shalt not just learn ancient Greek or Latin as a language at primary school, the British Council has warned, arguing this "might sit oddly with the Government's wish to enhance language skills for the workplace".

Students return to core subjects ahead of EBacc

New figures show a dramatic rise in the take-up of traditional academic subjects such as history, geography, languages and science at GCSE level.

Education Secretary Michael Gove has emerged with a new set of heavy-rimmed spectacles

An unbiased appraisal of Michael Gove's new specs

Who's the coolest member of the Coalition? Jazz fan Ken Clarke? Mick Jones's cousin Grant Shapps? The competition, with respect to Danny Alexander and Oliver Letwin, isn't too fierce.

The test is at fault, not the kids or the teachers

No one could deny that teaching children to become fluent readers is probably the most important task a teacher has in those first years of schooling. Without the ability to read, a pupil cannot understand any other areas of the curriculum.

Does Michael Gove really know what he’s doing?

It strikes me as odd that Michael Gove, a man with views on education that seem to have emerged from behind a Victorian school desk, can continue in his position as Education Secretary. 

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