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Heads' union appeals for backing in Sats boycott

Industrial action over Sats tests is expected to move a step closer today as a headteachers' union prepares to ask its members to back a proposed boycott.

Hundreds of schools cannot find a head

Teachers are refusing promotions because top role is too demanding, says union

India poll rebels free train passengers

Police say suspected communist rebels have freed more than 250 train passengers after keeping them hostage for nearly five hours at a rail station in eastern India.

Chanting teachers welcome vote to boycott primary tests

Union to ballot members on action to halt SATs for seven and 11-year-olds

Balls: test refusal is unlawful

The government last night gave a blunt warning to teachers ahead of a vote tomorrow that boycotting national curriculum tests for 600,000 11-year-olds would be illegal. The intervention raised the stakes in the row over the tests with members of the National Union of Teachers, who plan to back a boycott of tests in maths, English and science at their conference in Cardiff today. Aides to the Schools Secretary Ed Balls said it would be unlawful for headteachers not to deliver the tests.

Should the tests for 11-year-olds be scrapped?

Yes

Stephen Pickles

With all the maelstrom of preparing for the SATs (national curriculum tests for 11-year-olds), you get a narrowing of the curriculum in the two years leading up to them.

Robin Scott-Elliot: Cloughie and Boycott: egos incorporated

View From The Sofa: Clough, Trophy Kids ITV/C4

Sport on TV: Damned lies beat the statistics in a war of words about Peace

Despite all the hoo-ha over the veracity and fairness of his depiction in David Peace's novel 'The Damned United' and the new film of that name, Brian Clough would probably have enjoyed becoming a hero of the big screen. Except obviously he would much rather have played himself.

One-click Wonder: Banned!

Angelina Jolie has found herself banished from UK screens after a TV spot plugging the DVD release of her film Wanted was pulled for glamorising violence. Here we unearth other famous ads to have incurred the watchdogs’ wrath...

Envoys to boycott Madagascar head's installation

Major foreign nations looked set to boycott the installation of Madagascar's new president, Andry Rajoelina, today in further international censure of what they call his unconstitutional rise to power.

Letters: Sex education

Let's return to responsible sex education in our schools

Scientists rally behind museum's 'Israel Day'

Lord Winston and 100 top academics reject 'pernicious' protest over Science Museum

Israelis react with fury to British boycott call

Israeli scientists and officials reacted angrily yesterday to calls by more than 400 British academics for the Science Museum to cancel educational workshops planned to promote Israeli science tomorrow.

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Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
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Smash hit go under the hammer

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Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
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Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
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America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
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A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

Pinstriped for action

A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter
Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: 'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'

Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: How we met

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Bill Granger's Japanese recipes

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