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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.

Free schools will not be inspected for two years

The Government's new flagship free schools will not be inspected to check standards for around two years after opening.

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Sixth-form teachers to go on strike

Sixth-form teachers are to stage a walkout in a row over cuts to funding and pay, a union announced today.

Chalk Talk: For the last time - my teaching union is bigger than yours

I knew when I quoted Chris Keates saying last year's teachers' union ballot on pensions proved her union was the biggest in the land, that would not be an end of the matter.

Teaching unions march with other public service workers last November

Nasuwt: 'We can win the hearts and minds of parents'

The UK's largest teaching union has begun industrial action. But with schools still open, its leader is convinced families will be right behind it, she tells Richard Garner

Unite rejects pensions offer to health workers

Britain's biggest union rejected last night the Government's final offer to health service workers in the public sector pensions dispute, raising the prospect of fresh industrial action.

Health workers reject final Government pension offer

Leaders of 100,000 health service workers today rejected the Government's final offer on pensions, dealing a blow to hopes that the bitter dispute could soon be resolved.

Anti-capitalist activists clash with police at US ports

Anti-Wall Street demonstrators, confronted by police in riot gear, marched on several West Coast ports on Monday seeking to disrupt cargo traffic and re-energize their protest movement.

Brent teachers stage an orderly strike

The day started shortly after 7.30am for the dedicated band of pickets.

Teachers in strike threat over pensions

The leader of Britain's most moderate teachers' union warns today of more redundancies as a result of the squeeze on education budgets.

Girls beat boys by record margin – because they're more mature

The biggest gender gap yet in GCSE performance opened up with the announcement of the results for 650,000 students yesterday. Girls were 6.7 percentage points ahead at A* and A grade with more than one in four (26.5 per cent) registering a top grade pass – the largest gap since the A* was introduced in 1994.

Boys still lag behind in GCSEs

Boys are falling further behind girls at GCSE because they "lack the maturity" to aim for top grades, it was suggested today.

Warning as pupils win plaudits

Teenagers won plaudits for their record-breaking A-level results today as union leaders warned that young people are being "badly let down" by the Government.

Nearly a third of children will leave primary school 'failing'

Almost a third of 11-year-olds could leave primary school this summer without a good grasp of reading, writing and maths, it was suggested yesterday. The prediction came in advance of the new figures published by the Government on the proportion of primary school pupils reaching the level expected of them in the basics.

Third of primary pupils 'failing'

Almost a third of 11-year-olds could be leaving primary school this summer without a good grasp of reading, writing and maths, it was suggested today.

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