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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.

Strike threat at school forced to become academy

Teachers at one of the first schools forced into becoming an academy by the Education Secretary, Michael Gove, are threatening to go on strike.

Boris Johnson is welcomed to West London Free School in Hammersmith by the author Toby Young, who was one of the school’s founders last year, and headteacher Thomas Packer

Free schools 'harm education of children nearby'

The Government's flagship free schools are seriously damaging the education of children in neighbouring schools, according to research published today.

Ofsted has become increasingly controversial under the leadership of Sir Michael Wilshaw

'You're not welcome': teachers vote to ban Ofsted

NUT conference calls for boycott of inspections and tests in protest at government changes

Teachers and lecturers held a one-day strike in London late last month over staff and pension cuts

Teachers vote for series of strikes this summer over pay rates and pensions

Unions vote overwhelmingly in favour of national and regional action in protest at cuts to take-home earnings

The test may disadvantage fluent readers

New test will teach five-year-olds to 'non-read', NUT warns

Bright children will be branded as failures at the age of five as a result of a new national reading test to be introduced this summer, teachers warn today.

NUT threatens strikes ‘by the summer’ over pension changes

Union incensed at Government's decision to increase pension contributions and retirement age while holding down teachers' pay.

Leading article: On education, teachers do not always know best

Michael Gove has at least been willing to tackle some of the ills that afflict our schools

Staff paid £20m for accidents and assaults

Teachers have won more than £20m in compensation in the past year as a result of assaults by pupils and accidents in the classroom.

Teachers warn of fresh strikes over plans to scrap national pay scales

Teachers are warning of a fresh bout of strike action in schools over government plans to scrap national pay scales for the profession.

Teachers may boycott reading test

The Government's new reading test for six-year-olds could face a boycott from teachers.

More strikes threatened as pensions offer is rejected

Civil and public servants overwhelmingly rejected the Government's pensions offer yesterday, setting the stage for a fresh round of strikes.

Teachers unions reject pension reforms

The two biggest teachers' unions today rejected the Government's controversial pension reforms and vowed to continue their campaigns of opposition.

Government accused of 'steamrollering' pension changes

The Government published its final plans today for controversial reforms of health, education and civil service pensions, sparking accusations that it was "steamrollering" through the changes.

More teachers retire early

Almost 9,000 state school teachers took early retirement last year, official figures show.

Gove's new free schools won't be inspected for at least two years

The standards of the Government's new flagship free schools will not be inspected for around two years after opening. Ofsted said yesterday that the schools will be visited earlier only if concerns are raised about their performance.

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