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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.

Teachers condemn pension reforms

Teachers' unions have reacted angrily to the Government's new pension plans, warning the consequences of this "ruthless dismantling" could be "disastrous".

English Baccalaureate rushed by Gove, say MPs

Education Secretary Michael Gove was wrong to introduce his flagship English Baccalaureate this year, an influential group of MPs say today.

Ministers increase pressure to raise strike ballot threshold

Union leaders argued they had a convincing mandate for yesterday's strikes but ministers claimed that the patchy support reflected the turn-out in the ballots which approved the industrial action.

Defiant teachers say Gove won't stop strike

Leaders of teachers' unions stuck defiantly to their strike call yesterday despite intense pressure from the Government to call off an action that will close 40 per cent of the country's schools on Thursday and disrupt others. The Government's anxiety to see the action called off betrays uncertainty over who will get the blame as the public is inconvenienced by industrial action, either because they cannot send their children to school, or because of the closure of government offices hit by a civil servants' strike.

Talks to open on pension reform

Crunch talks aimed at heading off the threat of strikes by millions of public sector workers in the autumn will be held between union leaders and the government tomorrow, with one official saying the negotiations were "fraught with difficulties."

Exclusive: Gove urges parents into classrooms to break strike

Education Secretary wants heads to use 'wider school community' to keep classrooms open

Test reforms for primary pupils win over teachers

A compromise package of reforms to controversial national curriculum tests for 11-year-olds appeared last night to have headed off the threat of a teachers' boycott next year.

Gove performs U-turn with crackdown on failing primaries

The Coalition Government was accused of a U-turn yesterday after the Education Secretary, Michael Gove, announced a new crackdown on under-performing schools.

Millions of pupils to be locked out as teachers strike over pensions

Teachers have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action over a threat to pensions – a move which could lead to millions of children being sent home from school later this month.

Public sector strike moves nearer

The prospect of a walkout by hundreds of thousands of teachers, civil servants and other public sector workers is set to come a step nearer this week when the results of ballots for strike action are announced.

Will this be teachers' winter of discontent?

With even the more moderate teaching unions balloting for industrial action, there is a real prospect of strikes – and widespread school closures – later this year.

Civil servants to vote on strike

The Government was on a collision course with public sector workers today as the prospect of a national strike in protest at cuts in jobs, services and pensions came a step closer.

Head suspended over teacher strike

The head teacher of a troubled high school has been suspended after teachers went on strike over bad behaviour and poor management, authorities said.

Church of England to provide 'tipping point' for academies

The academies programme receives its biggest boost today with the news that thousands of faith schools are about to convert to the status.

Head teachers' union joins fight to save pensions with boycott threat

Head teachers were on a collision course with the Government last night after backing strike action over the threat to their pensions and warning of a possible boycott next year of national curriculum tests for 11-year-olds.

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