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Boycott jibe spurs fearless opener to leave his mark

Tamim Iqbal seldom needs any invitation to get on the front foot when he is batting. But a few words from the former England opener Geoff Boycott made the Bangladeshi dasher doubly determined to leave his mark on the home of cricket.

Medicines boycott hits debt relief plan

A second Danish pharmaceutical company has made a stand against Greece's resolution to slash the price of medication by 25 per cent by removing its products from the country's shelves.

Glazers refuse to entertain offers for club

The Glazer family have warned off any bid from the Red Knights for ownership of Manchester United by unequivocally saying that the club is not for sale.

Arizona boycotted over 'Nazi' purge of migrants

The already fractious dispute over Arizona's tough new immigration law entered the realm of Punch and Judy yesterday as politicians exchanged soundbites over news that Los Angeles is to pursue an economic boycott of the state, in protest at its crackdown on undocumented workers.

Leading Article: We need urgent talks on the SATs boycott

By now, the boycott of this year's curriculum tests for 11-year-olds (SATs) is almost over. It has been a bizarre piece of industrial action with no government to negotiate with in the run-up to the boycott, no one to call in the two unions behind the boycott, the National Union of Teachers and National Association of Head Teachers, to see if a deal could be sorted out. There was also no will on anybody's part to test the legality of the union's action – only guidance from the Department for Children, Schools and Families saying there was a strong case for thinking it was not a legitimate dispute, because it was the statutory duty of the head to deliver the tests. As one observer put it: "So there's a strong case for legal injunction in a land where no employer has failed to get an injunction against industrial action by a union for months – yet we won't take it." That is bizarre, again.

Heads boycott Sats tests

Tens of thousands of schoolchildren missed their Sats tests today because of a boycott by headteachers, as union leaders warned they could not rule out further action.

Nearly half of schools to boycott SATs as teachers rebel

As many as 300,000 11-year-olds will find their national curriculum tests cancelled this morning.

Opposition splits to contest Myanmar election

A faction of Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition declared yesterday it will form its own political party to contest Myanmar's first elections in two decades, a day after the democracy icon's party disbanded to boycott the vote it says will be flawed.

A quarter of schools set to boycott SATs

Tests for 11-year-olds will be ignored by thousands of schools next Monday.

Leading article: A boycott will benefit nobody

It now looks certain that national curriculum tests for 600,000 11-year-olds will be cancelled in thousands of primary schools next week. This is regrettable. Whatever headteachers' and teachers' frustrations are with the present system of testing, a boycott – whereby children and parents in many schools will not know until nearly the last minute whether the tests would go ahead – is no way to go about seeking reforms to what is a flawed system for assessing youngsters and the performance of primary schools.

School inspections are a 'nitpicker's paradise'

The school inspection system is in danger of becoming "a nitpicker's paradise", the headmaster of Eton warned yesterday.

Conservatives back fines for parents who falsely accuse teachers

Plans to fine parents who make false accusations against teachers have been welcomed by the Conservatives.

Leading article: A child's imagination

You don't fatten a pig by weighing it, so a farmer might be made to say in a tale by the children's author Michael Morpugo. Something similar is true of the education of the nation's children, who are in danger of becoming over-examined and under-taught.

SATs pressure turns children off reading, say authors

Almost 100 children's authors and illustrators have signed a letter supporting heads and teachers in their campaign to get rid of national curriculum tests for 11-year-olds.

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