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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.

Exams regulator to investigate GCSE gradings

The exams regulator will begin its investigation into GCSE gradings this week following claims that thousands of students have been treated unfairly.

The results show drops in the percentage of English, maths and science GCSE entries achieving passes at A*-C

Teachers accuse exam boards of acting 'immorally' as exam grades fall for first time

The first fall in top-grade passes in the history of the GCSE exam was revealed yesterday, prompting claims that exam boards acted immorally by raising grade boundaries at the last moment.

Leading article: Regional pay is about more than equality

Evidence that GCSE results are suffering, should urge teachers to rethink their opposition

Education officials admitted number of school playing field sell-offs has increased again

Education officials admitted the tally of school playing field sell-offs has increased again - just hours after being forced into an embarrassing apology for issuing misleading figures.

Education Secretary Michael Gove

Michael Gove says sorry for playing fields sell-off error

The Government was forced to apologise today for issuing misleading figures about the sell-off of school playing fields.

Education Secretary Michael Gove who has approved the sale of over 20 school playing fields

Biggest ever fall in top grades 'is the result of pressure from Gove'

The class of 2012 recorded the biggest drop in top grades in the history of A-levels yesterday – the first for 20 years – prompting angry claims from teachers that exam boards have succumbed to political pressure to reverse grade inflation.

Parents fail to prevent bid to turn Downhills primary school into academy

Campaigners have failed in their High Court bid to stop an underperforming primary school being turned into an academy.

Proposals for more maths rote learning 'don't add up'

The Government's plans to reintroduce rote-learning maths teaching in primary schools are "seriously flawed" and will undermine attempts to raise standards, experts warn today.

Prime Minister David Cameron has said that London is the most diverse city in the world

Cameron draws up plans to boost sport in schools

David Cameron is drawing up plans to boost schools sports in the face of growing calls to capitalise on the Olympics by inspiring the next generation of young athletes.

David Cameron to consider boost for school sport

David Cameron is drawing up plans to boost school sports in the face of growing calls to capitalise on the Olympics by inspiring the next generation of young athletes.

Richard Garner: How our schools lost the plot

The Coalition decided to axe funding for PE teachers to train in delivering sport

What makes a British brand?: Jamie Oliver

Food education in Britain is 'unforgivably bad', says chef Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver has said the Olympics offer Britain the opportunity to become a healthier country but it has done “unforgivably badly” in educating children about food and sport.

Increasing interest in old-style exams comes as the Education Secretary Michael Gove has declared his intention to bring back O-levels to replace GCSEs

Schools ditch GCSEs in favour of traditional exams

Record numbers of schools have ditched GCSE exams this year in favour of a more traditional exam modelled along the lines of O-levels.

Supporters hope a successful Olympics will help Boris Johnson win the next Tory leadership race

Boris favourite to take over from Cameron as Conservative leader

Boris Johnson has emerged as the favoured choice of Conservatives to succeed David Cameron as leader of the party, according to a survey for i.

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Smash hit go under the hammer

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