James Weeks and Areeb Amani get to work at UTC Reading

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Corporate sponsors, suits instead of uniforms and houses replaced by ‘companies’ show how one of the new UTCs is putting work first

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California high school criticised for using Arab stereotypes

A high school in California has been criticised for using what some say are damaging stereotypes of Arabs.

Laraine Cook was dismissed as Pocatello girls' basketball coach shortly after this photo of her and boyfriend Tom Harrison was posted on Facebook

US school basketball coach fired over posting Facebook photo of fiancé holding her breast - but he is allowed to keep job at same school

Laraine Cook coach was sacked from an Idaho high school on grounds that image was 'immoral'

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Labour failed to do enough to see its drive to improve pupils’ literacy through, the man behind the programme has acknowledged

Labour failed to fulfil promise to improve pupil literacy rates, warns party's former education adviser Michael Barber

Labour failed to do enough to see its drive to improve pupils’ literacy through, the man behind the programme has acknowledged.

Radical plans by Lord Baker to set up network of 'career colleges' welcomed

Move will allow thousands of teenagers to train for career whilst pursuing academic studies in maths, English and science at GCSE

Skills not schools: Lord Baker unveils UTC's new deal for teenage learning

Lord Baker’s emphasis on practical skills could transform secondary sector

The way schools are being ranked is to be scrapped by ministers

Controversial GCSE ranking system to be overhauled

Schools will be ranked on pupils' best eight GCSEs in future

Ending poverty is a huge ambition. It's too much to ask of foreign aid

The long-running debate on how much foreign aid can help is drawing to a close

White pupils are the big problem in state schools, says Government adviser Tim Leunig

A Department for Education adviser has sparked debate by claiming that “being white” is now a problem in state schools – because ethnic minority children do so much better.

No child should be left behind

In education, the slogan should be: innovation, innovation, innovation

Squadron Leader Ulric Cross: Pilot who went on to become a judge and diplomat

In 1990, when Ulric Cross was interviewed in BBC television's discussion programme Hear-Say, he explained that he joined the Royal Air Force in 1941 because he was "young, adventurous and idealistic." He said his recruitment enabled him to escape his homeland, Trinidad, where he hated "the frustrations and the stultifying nature of colonial society". He also said that in addition to defeating Hitler, for him "the whole idea of being a member of the RAF was romantic."

Speakers will include Prime Minister David Cameron and supermodel Lily Cole

David Cameron, Lily Cole and Eliza Manningham-Buller to inspire secondary students as 'Speakers for Schools' returns

Politicians, supermodels and sports stars will be blitzing state schools next week in the hope of passing on some of their tips for success to the next generation.

The obvious reasons why UK literacy and numeracy skills are among the lowest in the developed world

We need a massive change of attitude if we’re to improve basic education and give children what they’re entitled to

The actor Tom Hanks has revealed he has Type 2 diabetes

Tom Hanks reveals he has Type 2 diabetes

It is thought the condition could be linked to the dramatic weight gain and loss the actor has undergone throughout his career

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