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Teachers have suspended what would have been the first strike action against one of Education Secretary Michael Gove’s flagship free schools.

Parents' behaviour 'undermining school discipline'

Many parents are still undermining schools' attempts to instil discipline in the classroom, a cross-party group of MPs heard today.

No language GCSE means no sixth-form place, say top schools

Two of the top-performing state schools in the country have declared their sixth-forms a "no go" area for pupils without a top grade GCSE pass in a modern foreign language.

Teachers call for end to migrant cap

A leading teachers' union is urging the Government to scrap plans for a cap on immigration because the union believes teachers from overseas help schools to combat racism.

Seven out of 10 teachers want to quit, survey shows

Tories promise more powers to deal with badly behaved children as study finds that classroom stress is at an all-time high

Chalk talk: Brilliant teachers wanted – but anyone will do

The teaching awards – the "Oscars" of the teaching profession – will be upon us again later this month. It's when teachers take centre stage as celebrities in their own right, and declare from the stage of a famous London theatre: "This has been a team effort." A timely reminder, then, in a new book co-authored by John Bangs, former head of education at the National Union of Teachers, that the whole thing nearly did not get off the ground.

Gove persuades headteachers to back down on boycott of SATs tests

Headteachers have called off their boycott of national curriculum tests for 11-year-olds after being promised an independent review by the Education Secretary, Michael Gove. His offer, just before a meeting of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), persuaded its leaders to call off industrial action by 34 votes to two.

Trainee teachers wanted to mark Edexcel exams

ne of the country's largest exam boards is advertising for student teachers to help mark GCSEs and A-levels next summer.

Leading article: Children in need

The latest Ofsted report paints an alarming picture of what is happening in our schools. The education watchdog claims to have uncovered a widespread over-diagnosis of children with special educational needs, with at least 475,000 pupils wrongly placed in this category. Ofsted says this fixation is distorting teaching priorities and contributing to a culture of low expectations in the classroom.

At least 457,000 pupils wrongly classed as having 'special needs'

More than 457,000 children listed as having special educational needs would not need extra help if they had better teachers, a new report says today. The study, from Ofsted, the education standards watchdog, says nearly half the schools in the country are classifying pupils as in need of extra support unnecessarily.

Gove's schools revolution begins with a whimper

A mixture of teaching union pressure, legal hitches and a lack of interest from schools marred the first day of the Government's blitz to boost the academies programme yesterday.

Richard Garner: Lesson number 1: it takes time to change the system

Round one in the propaganda war between teachers' unions and Government ministers over the revamped academies programme goes to the teachers.

Universities deny 'banned' A-levels list

Top universities today denied having an unofficial list of "banned" A-levels, including less traditional subjects such as drama and business studies.

Students turning to sciences, figures show

More and more students are studying sciences at A-level but there is concern about the increasing number turning their backs on modern languages.

Focus on writing blamed for fall in reading test results

Test results for 11-year-olds published yesterday showed a drop in reading standards for the second year running.

Ministers under pressure to scrap Sats

Ministers came under renewed pressure to scrap Sats tonight as results showed reading standards among 11-year-olds slipped for a second consecutive year.

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