Soccernomics: Ed Miliband's plans for regulation... explained through the wisdom of the Bundesliga

Football in Germany is a luxury designed for the many, not the few

The Association of Teachers and Lecturers has claimed that many support staff are being asked to provide cover for absent teachers

Unions accuse schools of teaching on the cheap by using classroom assistants told to cover lessons

Schools have been accused of teaching on the cheap by using unqualified staff to take lessons.

Katherine Birbalsingh with the Education Secretary Michael Gove at the 2010 Conservative conference

Tories' top teacher Katherine Birbalsingh to open free school in Brent after long battle

Katherine Birbalsingh set for return after speech at Conservative Party Conference cost her a previous job

Teens arrested in Morocco after picture of kiss is posted on Facebook

A teenage boy and girl living in Morocco have been arrested after posting a picture on a social networking site of themselves kissing.

Two bearded teenagers banned from classes at Lancashire school for refusing to shave

A family member of the two Muslim 14-year-olds say they are being excluded because of ‘pure discrimination’

Angela Akers, 42, pursued a successful career as a senior dental officer

Special report: Working-class pupils went to private schools under Margaret Thatcher’s abolished assisted places scheme - how did they get on?

Under Margaret Thatcher’s government, they were plucked from poverty and taken out of state schools to attend top private schools instead, courtesy of the state. 

The Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company sets out to make the Bard's plays more accessible to young people

Conservative Party conference: Attempts to make Shakespeare’s plays cool is ‘viciously racist’

Classic literature should be taught in its original form, youth worker tells the Tory faithful

Tim Hands, chairman of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference, is ‘deeply sceptical’ about politicians running the education system

Headmaster rails against 'social leprosy' stigma of private school education

Parents are being made to feel guilty about sending their children to private schools because the move is increasingly likened to “social leprosy”, a leading headmaster has claimed.

European Union flag

Postcard from... Brussels

Five-minute memoir: A stint in a women's prison proved an eye-opener for Piper Kerman

'I came to understand that I was now part of an unusual community'

Boris Johnson has said forcing children to wear a burkha to school is “completely wrong” and contradicts British values and freedoms.

Boris Johnson: Forcing children to wear a burkha to school is 'completely wrong' and contradicts British freedoms

Mayor of London's comments come after it emerged a number of UK secondary schools forced girls as young as 11 to wear the full Islamic veil

Put Latin on national curriculum, Michael Gove told

Subject risks neglect if education policy doesn't change, says Politeia think-tank

Phil Jones

Manchester United defender Phil Jones rejects criticism from Stuart Pearce

The former England U21 manager claimed some players weren't interested in playing for the Young Lions

Chalk talk: Free school that plans to separate the boys from the girls

If at first you don't succeed... Regular Independent readers may recall that I championed the cause of a proposed free school in Lewisham, south London, which aimed to persuade local youth to stay away from gang culture.

11-year-old Catholic choirboy from Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral Choir Jack Topping

11-year-old choirboy Jack Topping lands major record deal

Choirboy Jack Topping has landed a major record deal at the age of just 11.

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