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Ofsteds Sir Michael Wilshaw: headteachers should be disciplinarians - video

Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw discusses his report into bad behaviour in British schools, which he says costs each child 38 days per year in lost teaching time. Wilshaw says headteachers need to become disciplinarians and not tolerate minor disruptions from unruly students. The report has drawn anger from teachers unions Continue reading...


Not everyone can afford to do a full-time law degree or the GDL, but there are other options Read more stories about Studying Law Continue reading...

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Private schools should be celebrated rather than used as scapegoats, the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference is told.

Tributes are paid to a teacher who was stabbed to death in her classroom, at a memorial service attended by about 1,200 people.

Relatives of adopted people will have more rights to find out about their birth family, so they can find out information such as inherited medical conditions.

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Almost one in seven countries around the world has a prime minister or head of state who studied in a UK higher education institution, according to an analysis by the British Council.

Sally Morgan tells independent school leaders that being seen to be privileged is now politically and socially toxic Continue reading...

Improved results show how consistent educational policies can benefit children Continue reading...

Governments phonics check sees 5% rise in number of five- and six-year-olds passing, with 74% of pupils in England reaching expected standard Continue reading...

An Ofsted investigation rejects claims academies had unfair warnings of inspections, but says an email with a schedule had been mistakenly sent.

Weeks after the start of term, many state schools in the capital, Islamabad, are still closed, after being taken over by police drafted in to deal with ongoing political protests.

Children seven and a half times less likely to succeed if father failed to achieve, with mothers education a lesser factor Continue reading...

Members of Guardian Teacher Network report questionable grades for students and difficulties for markers Continue reading...

Ofqual survey reveals four out of five heads believe pupils were marked wrongly and 67% had similar fears over A-levels Continue reading...

To mark European Day of Languages, submit a picture of an everyday item and tell us what its called in your home language Continue reading...

One of the country?s top state schools is at the centre of controversy after banning a sixth form student because she wears an Islamic niqab to cover her hair and face.

Heads and teachers are losing confidence in the marking of GCSE and A-level exams, according to new research published today.

A Muslim teenager has been prevented from starting her A-Levels at a London school for wearing a full-face veil, it has been reported.

The OCR exam board reveals that teenagers will be required to sit four-and-half-hours worth of exams as part of new GCSEs in maths designed to drive up standards

A study by Ofqual finds that the majority of head teachers have concerns over exam marking, with almost eight-in-10 claiming pupils had been given the wrong GCSE grade

Google has revealed the most popular searches when people around the world are looking for university information.

Restrictions on the number of books prisoners in England and Wales can have in their cells may inhibit inmates' ability to learn, a charity warns.

Two of the first ever books to be printed in Scotland have been bought from private ownership by the National Library of Scotland.

Graduate job-hunters are finding novel ways to stand out from the crowdRead more on students and employability Continue reading...

Lets stop debating the Haldane Principle and press ministers on when the freeze on science and research spending will end Continue reading...

Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) tops the QS rankings of universities under 50 years old View the top 200 universities in the world Continue reading...

Children should have compulsory lessons in sex and relationships education at both primary and secondary school to combat the growing tide of online pornography they are subject to...

Take the test: A leading historian says all pupils should study history up to the age of 16 as a survey finds significant gaps in the public's understanding of the Second World War

Documentary goes beyond the school gates at Ian Mikardo high school, where boys deemed unteachable are making a fresh start Continue reading...

Students around US organise protests after administrators have made them wear shame suits or mandate hemline limits Continue reading...

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Research for exams watchdog Ofqual suggests nearly half of teachers lack confidence in A-level grades.

I decided I could do a better job. Kiran Sethi, dissatisfied with her sons education, designed her own curriculum - and watched her project flower into a campaign for child-friendly...

Three weeks before the end of her year-long stay in Paris, Simin Bilimoria met a fellow student whom she became quite taken with.

Next month, Alex Beddall will travel from his home in Tipton in the West Midlands to St Peter?s College, Oxford, to read English.

Children are being hidden away from the public because a culture of ?oversensitivity and overreaction? means schools are afraid to laud their achievements publicly, a head teachers?...

The head of the Independent Association of Prep Schools criticises a culture of classroom "self-censorship", saying fears over child protection prevented schools celebrating pupils'...

Low-level, persistent disruptive behaviour in England's schools is affecting pupils' learning and damaging their life chances, inspectors warn.

The University of East London is giving a free tablet computer to all its first-year students starting courses this term.

Sir Mike Tomlinson is appointed education commissioner for Birmingham.

Graduate unemployment in the UK has seen a big fall, the latest figures suggest.

Streaming children by ability in primary school widens the achievement gap between rich and poor children, research suggests.

Angry response from teaching unions as report says an hours teaching a day is lost to disruptive behaviour in classrooms Continue reading...

The action follows a controversial article commenting on the acquittal of the president of the Oxford Union on rape charges Continue reading...

Splitting classes by ability undermines efforts to help disadvantaged children, finds research into English primaries Continue reading...

Headteachers are not doing enough to stop minor misdemeanours, such as humming or fidgeting, in lessons, according to Ofsted. Do you agree with the inspectorates findings?10 ways to...

Photographer Mark Draisey documents life in UK's fee paying school system

A major report from Ofsted says that low-level disruption is an everyday part of school life, with pupils routinely using mobile phones, humming and swinging on chairs

A study by Southampton University finds that Chinese primary school pupils outscore their English peers in maths because they spend more time "on task" in the classroom

A new GCSE in cookery and nutrition will be introduced from 2016, giving pupils a grounding in practical food preparation combined with the science of healthy eating

To mark the European Day of Languages we examine how political leaders speak both at home and abroad Continue reading...

Every child should leave primary school able to read fluently and effortlessly the systematic teaching of phonics is essential for achieving that Continue reading...

Ofsteds got on the wrong side of teachers yet again today, arguing that schools arent tackling minor misdemeanours. Heres a potted synopsis of what you need to know Continue reading...

Our rigid, semi-privatised British education system doesnt seem to like it, but part-time learning is great for kids Continue reading...

Tests for six-year-olds have shown thousands more pupils reaching the required reading standard in the Government?s new phonics check, results have showed.

Parents who ran a ?Hove vs Gove? campaign against plans to turn their local comprehensive into an academy were celebrating a landmark victory today.

Hundreds of co-ed state schools do not have a single girl studying physics in their sixth-forms, according to a new report.

Ofsted figures show 17 per cent of nurseries are not good enough and may be threatened with closure - but numbers are down on last year following a rise in standards

Figures from the Department for Education show a quarter of six-year-old failed a national reading test this summer, but it was down on almost a third a year earlier

Parents should be made to attend school story-time, children's author Michael Rosen urges schools.

A new generation of games designers, animators and visual effects artists is on its way after a training pledge from government and the creative industries.

Prison visits are causing vulnerable children "long-lasting" distress, children's charity Barnardo's says.

Campaigners say they fear that without help disabled students will be unable to cope with University life.

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Foreign mountains pose obvious challenges, but I'm used to towns not designed with wheelchair users in mind, writes a student blogger Read more stories from our Global Student hub Continue...

Education round up: This week theres been reports on everything from problems with marking this summer to the rise of low-level disruption in schools Continue reading...

A tutoring company claims overseas parents are paying for advice such as how to eat soup and spaghetti with "grace and confidence" to get children into elite schools

A-levels in modern foreign languages will be marked more fairly from next summer, the exams regulator, Ofqual, has pledged.

The controversial phonics check for six year olds is paying off, says the government, with more children meeting the expected standard.

More than two-thirds of UK teachers have raised concerns about the safety and well-being of their pupils in the past year, a survey suggests.

Ofqual calls for urgent revision of marking and setting of French, Spanish and German after investigation finds confused advice Continue reading...

What makes linguistic diversity special? Speakers of vulnerable and endangered languages share their storiesEuropean Day of Languages: help us to create a picture dictionary of EuropePolyglots...

Marks scored by primary school pupils showed a remarkably similar and unusual profile until the Department for Education changed the rules. Were teachers cheating or was something...

Weve been getting such great contributions from our readers that we want to share them on our blog. Here are some of this weeks highlights Continue reading...

This most majestic of fish may be difficult to catch, but its easy to cook up delicious dishes in a variety of ways Continue reading...

Ive never felt so valued working in a post-1992 university, says our anonymous academic fledgling academics are missing a world of opportunities in pursuing ideas of prestige Continue...

A radical shake-up of foreign language A levels has been announced, after an investigation by the qualifications watchdog concluded that the brightest candidates were being denied...

Ofsted says new nurseries will be left for two and a half years before their first inspection, up from seven months at the moment, prompting concerns over safety

The Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference (HMC) announces that it will launch a new teacher training scheme amid concerns over a shortage of talented recruits

Ofqual says A-levels in foreign languages will be overhauled - with more pupils being awarded elite A* grades - following complaints that they were too hard

Some parents will stop at nothing to ensure their child passes grammar school entrance exams. But the stress leaves some students traumatised More from The Secret Teacher Continue...

Alison Marlow on her sons sporadic always minimal text messages in his first year away at university Continue reading...


Are you starting a degree at a London uni? Are friends at other unis already having more fun? Fear not. There are huge advantages to being a student in the capital Continue reading...

Middle class mothers are driving themselves to exhaustion trying to hold down jobs while facing a growing obligation to ensure their children attend extra-curricular activities, a new...

Staff at Maesteg Comprehensive School in South Wales, are sending out teachers to visit the homes of pupils in a bid to drive up attendance rates

The further education sector is short-changing a whole generation by following outdated syllabuses and focusing on skills that dont meet national requirements Continue reading...

In Debbie Lights new job she had the difficult task of closing the attainment gap under Ofsteds glare while keeping staff on side Continue reading...

Divorce lawyers report rise in disputes between warring parents over whether the children are sent to state or private schools as economy picks up

The headmistress of a leading girls' school admits the benefits of single-sex schooling have been overblown, with female pupils performing just as well in mixed classrooms

Top private schools complain over the state of marking in GCSEs and A-levels amid warnings examiners are struggling to understand essays written by bright pupils

Headmasters say bright pupils from leading private schools are being penalised in exams due to markers failing to recognise "A* material"

Tristram Hunt says education secretarys conference speech will be big test of how she plans to differ from predecessor Continue reading...

Plans to report bullying via mobile telephone are being considered by the Education Secretary

Ofsted says it will carry out more 'no notice' school inspections to prevent a repeat of the Trojan Horse affair as it prepares to report on an initial wave of 40 lightning visits

The family of a teacher stabbed to death at her Leeds school describe her as a "dedicated wife" and "natural mother", ahead of a public memorial service in the city.

If you're renting a house for the first time make sure your deposit is protected and that you know how to contact your landlord Continue reading...

The study of the care of the sick and injured - includes nursing and medical technology Continue reading...

Operation Student Vote focuses on marginal seats in university towns. The education secretary, Nicky Morgan, is in the line of fire Continue reading...

Whether youre counting down to an October deadline, just started, or are somewhere in between, illustrate what life is like as a PhD student through sharing a picture on GuardianWitness...

Almost a million GCSE and A-level exam scripts will have been wrongly marked this summer, the leader of Britain?s top independent schools will warn today.

In October 2004, Sunnybank Preparatory School in Burnley, Lancashire, became the first in Britain to allow parents to spy remotely on their children from their homes and offices.

The University and College Union threatens to launch industrial action at leading Russell Group institutions, with academics refusing to mark essays and grade exams

The chairman of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference (HMC) will criticise the 'lazy stereotypes' used by many politicians to describe independent schools

Child sexual abuse at a Catholic-run children's home in County Down was equal to, if not worse, than the abuse at Kincora, an inquiry is told.

Police called to a disturbance at a school in Greenock use CS spray on two boys after they confronted officers with weapons.

Even a good rhyme may not get you where you want to be Continue reading...

Need some out-of-this-world lesson ideas to help you teach about space and the planets? Here are the best resources from the Guardian Teacher Network Continue reading...

Britain's leading independent schools are to lay on lessons for university lecturers aimed at telling them how to teach today's teenagers.

Baroness Sally Morgan says private schools have to do more to prove that they are not closed to pupils from poorer backgrounds

The Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference (HMC) admit that rises in school fees seen over the last 20 years show little sign of 'slowing down'

Speaking to the Telegraph, Helen Fraser, head of the Girls' Day School Trust said schools could play a key role in dispelling the "1950s idea" of "having it all"

As the memorial service for Ann Maguire takes place today, we look at how the number of student attacks on teachers has risen over the past few years

While 70 per cent of teachers believe 'sexting' and cyber bullying to be on the rise, a new study suggests that some schools could be doing more to address the issue

The National Union of Teachers calls on the education secretary to tackle excessive workloads or face more strike action.

Children in South Yorkshire care homes were left vulnerable to sexual abuse because of police "shortcomings", a report finds.

More than one in 10 three-year-olds have tooth decay, the first survey of the age group shows.

An organisation which provides sex education says all Scottish schools should be compelled by law to teach it.

The BBC is launching a campaign to get every child in the land familiar with a piece of classical music.

Members of the Russell Group have offered free flights, film passes and even bedding to woo high-achievers Continue reading...

In the latest in our Parents in a Panic series, a parent of a sixth form student wants to know the deadlines for applying to uni Read more from our Parents in a Panic series here Continue...

With almost half of recent graduates in jobs which do not require a degree, you may be facing a low-skilled job when you graduate Continue reading...

Only the super-rich benefit from the fees and loans system, in which 17-year-olds must sign up for massive debts in adulthood Continue reading...

We cant row back on academies, but we could have a duty to co-operate requiring all state schools to work with local councils Continue reading...

A competition is looking for two young people to visit Bangladesh and then spread the word in the UK about the right to schooling Continue reading...

Leighton Andrews used FoI requests to get internal emails; Ofsted tried to stop visit after school was notified; TKAT loses another head; and DfE clarifies its free school rating figures...

Seventy percent of the teachers at two Colorado schools refused to work as conservative Jefferson County board tries to change courses and teacher contracts Colorado little rebels protest...

This weeks Secret Teacher argued too much pressure is being put on children to pass grammar school entrance exams. Can teachers and parents ace the test? Take our quiz to find outSecret...

A survey shows the monograph is still central for shaping and sharing scholarship in the humanities. Lets now make them open access Continue reading...

Private school headmasters warn that universities may be forced to set more entry tests to differentiate between students amid confusion over A-level reforms


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