Chalk Talk: How our faith schools are changing

Some of the myths that have developed over the years is that faith schools are exclusive, do little to counter homophobic bullying and are exacerbating a kind of unofficial segregation in their communities.

The new guidance applies to England's primary and secondary schools

Schools to publish what they teach children about sex, drugs and alcohol

Move will 'address changes in technology and legislation since 2000'

Dr Andrew Davis claims rival camps in the debate over how to teach children to read are acting like 'religious fundamentalists'

Government policy to force strong readers in schools to learn phonics is 'a form of abuse', claims leading educator

Children who are fluent readers are being damaged by the Government’s insistence on using synthetic phonics in the classroom, a leading academic warns today.

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In the current BBC series, Sherlock Holmes solves his crimes as much through his powers of recall as deduction. Here's how to apply them to your degree

With no current restrictions, electronic cigarettes have become hugely popular with teenagers in the UK

E-cigarette to be banned for under-18s in England

New rules will also make it illegal for adults to buy tobacco for under-18s with fines handed out to anyone caught

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A total of 154 secondary schools have failed to reach the Government’s minimum target of 40 per cent of their pupils obtaining five A* to C grade passes at GCSE

Secondary school league tables: Dramatic increase in number of students studying traditional subjects

Education Secretary hails 250,000 fewer pupils in underperforming schools

London teenager Daniel Spargo-Mabbs dies 'after taking ecstasy' at rave

Daniel, 16, told his mother 'I love you, I promise I won't die' just hours before falling unconscious at a party on a west London industrial estate

Andy McSmith's Sketch: Ed Miliband stands and delivers… a touch of Blairite magic

Is there still a bit of Tony Blair left inside Ed Miliband? The question bugged me as I listened to the Labour leader doing what he does best – giving a speech to a predominantly sympathetic audience – in London today.

Parents find 12-year-old Taylor Smith's letter to her future self after her death

Poignant letter is filled with words of encouragement for her 22-year-old self

The 'Outnumbered' family: Ben, Jake, Mum, Dad and Karen

Outnumbered to end after final fifth series

The popular family comedy will end its six-year run in February

Billionaire Beanie Babies creator Ty Warner avoids jail for tax evasion

Judge rules that tycoon’s ‘endless acts of charitable kindness’ should ‘trump’ his $25m tax evasion

Thinking about a career change? Get into teaching

Bethany Doughty worked as an actuary for 10 years before deciding to retrain as a maths teacher. It has proved to be a lifechanging move, for all the right reasons…

Those who've fought, teach: Yes to ex-military teachers but no to cadet units in schools

Former members of the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force have a lot to offer – experience of life, for a start

Has austerity reached new depths? Tatler magazine publishes guide to UK's best state schools

High society mag explains that private education is becoming too expensive even for its red-trousered readership

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