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History: Founded in 1960 as Filton Technical College. In February 2012, the college merged with Stroud College and was renamed South Gloucestershire and Stroud College.

Teachers threaten boycott of controversial tests for six-year-olds

Teachers are threatening a boycott of controversial new tests for primary school children – claiming they will leave no time for subjects like art and drama in the school timetable.

Christine Blower: The NUT leader says young children will be made to feel like failures

Government's free schools are opening where they're not needed, teachers say - while primary schools face shortage 'crisis'

One in five of the Government’s flagship free schools are being opened in areas where there is no need for more school places, new research has revealed.

Pole dancing could appear at the 2016 Olympics if the petition is successful

Teachers condemn 'raunch culture' for fuelling sexism under the guise of irony and empowerment

National Union of Teachers will today claim women's liberation has been set back 40 years by a culture that has led to student union beauty pageants and pole-dancing exercise classes

Protesters against the ‘bedroom tax’ in Trafalgar Square this weekend

D-day for benefits claimants as unions go for the jugular

David Cameron’s government is the “nastiest” in British history, the leader of the TUC claimed today, as the country’s poorest families brace themselves for sweeping benefit cuts which take effect this month.

British teacher falls to death in front of pupils on school trip to Austria in freak accident

A British teacher tripped and fell to his death in front of pupils in a freak accident during a school trip to Austria, it has emerged.

The Education Secretary, Michael Gove plans a new “back to basics” national curriculum

'Gradgrind' Michael Gove's new curriculum is 'so boring
that truancy will rise,' teachers warn

Bored pupils will play truant from school if Education Secretary Michael Gove goes ahead with his planned new “back to basics” national curriculum, teachers warned today.

NUT agrees on strikes

Teachers pledged their support yesterday for strike action in response to government plans to curb pay rises and increase pension contributions.

Kristin Scott Thomas and Fabrice Luchini become party to a guilty secret in In The House

Film review: In the House - It starts like early Michael Haneke, but finishes like late Woody Allen

François Ozon's tantalising new comedy, In the House, is all about storytelling, and that's something it does delightfully well – to begin with, anyway. Fabrice Luchini stars as a prissy middle-aged teacher of creative writing at the French equivalent of a modern comprehensive. He has resigned himself to being bored to tears by his pupils' semi-literate compositions, but one evening he reads an essay that sends his eyebrows rocketing above his owlish spectacles. Its writer is a 16-year-old (Ernst Umhauer) who has inveigled his way into a classmate's home in order to spy on and satirise his enviable life. The teacher and his wife, Kristin Scott Thomas, are appalled by the voyeurism – but not so appalled that they aren't salivating for the next chapter. Soon, Luchini is breaking school rules to ensure that the boys maintain their friendship, and advising the protégé on how to improve his subsequent undercover dispatches.

Ofsted's chief inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw

Teaching unions launch attack on Ofsted

One delegate calls Sir Michael Wilshaw 'Big Brother'

Teachers to strike over reforms to pay and pensions

Only eight per cent of parents believe the Coalition has improved education, teaching unions claimed last night as they vowed they were ready to embark on strike action this summer.

Stress in schools over inspection 'war footing'

Schools have been put on a permanent "war" footing by the new no-notice inspection regime, according to a report out today.

Damages paid to teachers for assaults and accidents in the classroom soar by a quarter in a year

Teachers have won record damages in the past year after a spate of assaults and accidents in the classroom.

Teachers net record £15.6m a year in damages for classroom assaults and accidents

Teachers have won record damages in the past year after a spate of assaults and accidents in the classroom.

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A Bloody Sunday – but a beautiful 2013 as City of Culture Derry hosts this year's Turner Prize

Derry is this year’s City of Culture, but the nerve centre of the celebrations will forever be associated with its troubled past

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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
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Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

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Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

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Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
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Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

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Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

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Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
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