The FT brings analysis of the increasingly available data to measure the performance of the country’s top schools

Debating skills to aid social mobility

Confidence booster: pupils from Kingsford Community School in Beckton try out Debate Mate
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Charity Debate Mate coaches kids to speak up

Private school pupils at record high

Largest increase in numbers since before economic crisis

Paul Macnamara/Guzelian Shadow Education Sec and Stoke MP, Tristram Hunt, visits Goodwin Steel Castings in his constituency in Stoke-on-Trent. Pictured here at the Bridgewater Pottery factory. Words:Helen Warrell
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Historian Hunt backs a skills-based future

Labour MP sees education as a way of ‘liberating’ communities

Clegg to pledge extra £2.5bn on education

Deputy premier will say Lib Dems want to stay in office

BBC to give 1m computers to children

Devices will go to pupils starting secondary school

Cameron promises 500 more free schools

Research suggests they raise standards in neighbouring schools

Labour plan business training for heads

Shadow education secretary says schools need financial managers

Maths lesson gives Miliband a headache

Think-tank finds education vow by Labour and Tories are similar

Labour pledges to cap class sizes at 30

Policy to create more places at high-performing schools

Tories plan to shake up failing schools

Cameron vows to ensure all children ‘get the best start in life’

Schools data should assist parents

UK government is right to change how performance is ranked

Headteachers hit at school league tables

Private providers in UK say comparisons are meaningless

MPs want more transparency on academies

Committee says it is unclear whether standards have been raised

Tech companies link up with schools

Google and O2 to provide teacher training

Councils claim extra £5bn required to fund school places

Growing population requires more money, says LGA