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In this report

A look at UK education in 2014, from the politics of public versus private schooling to finding the right place for your child and the debate about longer school days

Introduction: Classroom politics

illustration for FT Guide to Schools magazine March 2014. By Paul Wearing
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Political pressures and rising fees are shifting the debate over public versus private schools

illustration for FT Guide to Schools magazine March 2014. By Paul Wearing
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The education gap

Exam data make comparisons difficult – but some areas of the UK do better than others

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Teacher turnover

Staff recruitment and retention spark a political battle

illustration for FT Guide to Schools magazine March 2014. By Paul Wearing
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All eyes on the clock

The debate over the merits of extending pupils’ school days is dividing the education sector

Kevin Brennan, shadow schools minister
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What would Labour do in office?

Kevin Brennan, shadow schools minister, on the party’s priorities if it were to win the 2015 election

illustration for FT Guide to Schools magazine March 2014. By Paul Wearing
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Finding the right school

What parents should look for, from intellectual rigour and happy children to sparkling toilets

illustration for FT Guide to Schools magazine March 2014. By Paul Wearing
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The jet-set tutors

Influx of international pupils drives a boom in tuition

Sir David Bell
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Spoilt for choice

A good school in every neighbourhood has to be the priority, says Sir David Bell