News Teachers at one of Michael Gove's flagship free schools have suspended their strike action

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

Teachers strike over pupils' discipline

Teachers at a troubled high school said they were 'delighted' today after starting a one-day strike over bad behaviour by children and 'poor treatment' from bosses.

Top teachers for deprived schools

A programme designed to address the link between poverty and low academic achievement is to be introduced in struggling primary schools.

Mary Dejevsky: The cult of charismatic leadership has gone too far

To lionise individuals is asking for trouble. It encourages schools to become even bigger, along with their heads' already more than adequate egos

Chalk Talk: Back to the 1950s - when some were more equal than others

Just a thought: members of the National Association of Head Teachers gathered together last week for their annual shindig for the media in the Churchill War Rooms off Whitehall.

Tear gas fired to quell protests

Police fired tear gas to disperse protesters in central Tunis yesterday as pressure grew for the removal of government ministers linked to ousted president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali.

Chalk Talk: The teachers' protest that may be the shape of things to come

Asign of the times? The National Association of Schoolmasters/ Union of Women Teachers is protesting about Britain's biggest head teachers' union's links with a private company providing education services. Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT, argues that the arrangement between the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) and the Schools Advisory Service could lead to a "conflict of interest".

Almost a thousand primary schools failing to hit targets

Almost a thousand primary schools are failing to give their pupils a decent grounding in reading, writing and arithmetic, official figures suggest.

Classroom attacks left 44 staff in hospital last year

The number of teachers in England taken to hospital after being assaulted at school is at its highest level for five years. Government figures show that 44 school staff were so badly injured they needed an ambulance – up from 29 the previous year. In the past decade, nearly 300 school staff have suffered injuries serious enough to warrant hospitalisation.

Can the first Disability History Month match the impact that Black History teaching has made?

You do not have to look too hard to find negative images of how disabled people have been portrayed throughout history. Take Richard III, for instance. Much is made in Shakespeare's play of his deformed figure. Remember, too, that Shakespeare was writing in Tudor times and there is a school of thought that the Tudor dynasty had the most ruthless spin doctors in history – centuries before Alastair Campbell was born. It is said that they touched up his hunchback in portraits to make him look more disfigured, so that to their eyes and (they hoped) to the portrait's viewers he would look more evil.

Changes planned to link teachers' pay to performance

A radical shake-up of the teaching profession that could see schools paying their staff as much as they like will be unveiled by the Government within the next couple of months.

10% of Sats appeals lead to level change

Schools made almost 23,500 appeals against this year's Sats results, official figures showed today.

Four out of five education authorities will shed staff

Thousands of teaching posts will be cut despite the Government's attempts to protect school budgets.

£7bn 'fairness premium' for poorest youngsters

Children "must not pay the price for this generation's mistakes", Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg warned today as he laid out plans for a £7 billion "fairness premium" to help the poorest youngsters.

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