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In this issue

Interview with David Laws, education minister, as changes to the system bring testing times for teachers and parents; how to identify the right school for your child; dos and don’ts for parents; the boom in tutoring; to rank or not to rank; top schools embrace a range of sports

Embracing change

schoolgirls hugging, illustration for Top Schools 2013 report by Tom Clohosy Cole
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Parents and teachers face uncertainty as education secretary announces changes to national curriculum

library boy, illustration for Top Schools 2013 report by Tom Clohosy Cole
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Helping hands at home

Rising exam pressure has sparked a boom in home tutoring

Prime minister David Cameron appoints David Laws to the cabinet
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Premium provision

David Laws on why a new cash injection can help transform schools

going to school, illustration for Top Schools 2013 report by Tom Clohosy Cole
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The keys to the future

Choosing a school is about what is right for the individual child

schoolgirl studying, illustration for Top Schools 2013 report by Tom Clohosy Cole
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An empire of learning

UK schools are expanding abroad, a trend the government wants to encourage

Pioneering spirit

The new state-funded free schools are popular if controversial

Career day, illustration for Top Schools 2013 report by Tom Clohosy Cole
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Turning tables

Performance measures are at last being overhauled

scientist, illustration for Top Schools 2013 report by Tom Clohosy Cole
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Alternative measures

Ofsted’s critics want new approaches

books, illustration for Top Schools 2013 report by Tom Clohosy Cole
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Testing times ahead

New framework raises concerns

The RFU wants to keep younger children interested in rugby by taking some of the emphasis away from winning
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Fit for purpose

Sporting and academic achievement are often closely linked

Talent spotting

Parents must see past the way schools are labelled and marketed

2012

Reforms: Rebuilding continues

Chris Cook on the impact of continued reform and fragmentation of the education sector

Stephen Twigg: Anti-chaos theory

The shadow education secretary believes local accountability is vital for schools, writes Chris Cook

Assessment measures: Turning the tables

Inspections are not very strong at capturing the essence of schools, writes Adam Palin

Top schools - tables

The FT’s ranking of the top 20 schools overall, top 10 state schools, top 10 Scottish independents and top 10 fastest rising

How to choose: A-level alternatives

Anyone intent on a good university should not take a soft subject as an extra at the expense of three more demanding subjects, writes Jill Parkin

State versus independent: Admissions game

Ducking in and out of the state and independent systems is on the increase, writes Janette Wallis

Independent schools: Value-added tuition

If you can afford to go private, your child is three times more likely to score top A-level grades, writes Jill Parkin

Guest column: No privilege required

Sir Peter Lampl, chairman of the Sutton Trust, says places at independent schools should be awarded solely on merit

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