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    Gove criticised for appointment on Birmingham schools probe

    Michael Gove, education secretary, has come under fire for appointing a former counter-terrorism police chief to probe 25...

  2. April 9, 2014

    Michael Gove launches tougher A-level/GCSE framework

    A-level economics students are to be tested on financial regulation and the role of central banks while those studying...

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  1. March 21, 2014

    The debate over longer school days

    Longer school days and shorter holidays are the best promise any political party could make ahead of the next general...

  2. March 21, 2014

    Labour’s post-2015 plans for schools

    With just over a year to go until the next election, shadow schools minister Kevin Brennan is already considering the...

  3. March 21, 2014

    The politics of public and private schooling

    Michael Gove, the education secretary, has not been shy about reforming the schools system during his four years in office....

  4. March 21, 2014

    Teacher turnover divides education sector

    Few topics divide the world of education like the recruitment and retention of teachers. Michael Gove, education secretary,...

  5. March 21, 2014

    Tour operator backs calls to stagger UK school holidays

    Europe’s biggest tour operator wants school breaks to be staggered in order to spread demand for holidays, saying parents...

  6. March 21, 2014

    Ofsted set to abandon routine full inspections

    The schools watchdog is to abandon routine full inspections in all England’s schools in favour of more frequent,...

  7. March 17, 2014

    The sun never sets on Eton’s empire

    In class-conscious Britain no word has such resonance as “Eton”. Old Etonian actor Dominic West, star of US television...

  8. March 17, 2014

    Think-tank wants Ofsted to change ways

    Ofsted, the schools watchdog, should abandon its “unreliable” lesson inspections and drastically reduce its reliance on...

  9. March 14, 2014

    Gove takes aim at Cameron’s Etonians

    Michael Gove, education secretary, has described as “ridiculous” and “preposterous” the concentration of Old Etonians in...

  10. March 14, 2014

    How far will Michael Gove go?

    Under the intense gaze of Lenin and Malcolm X, Michael Gove is setting out his plan to break the grip of a bourgeois elite...

  11. March 7, 2014

    The state school revival has traded equality for aspiration

    So Beatrice Gove is to go to a state school. Her father, Michael Gove, is the first Conservative education secretary ever to...

  12. March 3, 2014

    Michael Gove warns of UK education’s damaging ‘apartheid’

    There is a damaging “apartheid’’ at the heart of England’s education system that is dividing academic qualifications from...

  13. February 26, 2014

    Climate change one of ‘most serious threats’ we face, says Cameron

    Man-made climate change is among the greatest threats confronting the world, David Cameron declared on Wednesday, as...

  14. February 24, 2014

    Gove to allow shift of school terms to aid family holidays

    Headteachers across the UK will be given new powers to change term dates, as Downing Street said on Monday it understood the...

  15. February 4, 2014

    England universities given software funds boost

    Universities and IT businesses are to be given funding to train teachers in software coding under a new £500,000 scheme...

  16. February 3, 2014

    Gove’s combative approach sharpens his critics’ claws

    Many teachers, unions and Liberal Democrats dislike him. Backbench Tories love him. This week’s controversies over fresh...

  17. February 3, 2014

    Britain’s relentless schools reformer

    With the next British general election a little over a year away, the battle lines between the main political parties are...

  18. Off Message

    February 3, 2014

    The two charts that explain Gove's Ofsted decision

    This chart provides some context for the removal of Sally Morgan, the former chair of Ofsted, by Michael Gove, education...

  19. February 3, 2014

    Michael Gove rejects Ofsted cronyism claims

    Michael Gove has denied that the education department is made up of a “gallery of nodding dogs”, following a row over...

  20. February 3, 2014

    Michael Gove urges private schools to advance into state sector

    The “Berlin Wall” dividing public and private education should be broken down so that more independent schools sponsor new...

  21. February 2, 2014

    UK coalition row over replacement of Ofsted chairman

    Education secretary Michael Gove has denied accusations from his Liberal Democrat coalition partners that the decision to...

  22. January 26, 2014

    Michael Gove denies aides briefed against Ofsted chief

    Michael Gove has been forced to deny that his aides orchestrated a dirty tricks campaign against the chief inspector of...

  23. January 23, 2014

    More secondary schools make the grade

    The number of English secondary schools falling below the government’s minimum standards has more than halved over the past...

  24. January 17, 2014

    Poetic words of war

    A few weeks into the marathon commemorations of the start of the Great War – here in the UK they are planned to continue for...

  25. January 10, 2014

    The Diary: AN Wilson

    My neighbour, Dr Jonathan Miller, comes round in the middle of the morning to see where we have displayed his Christmas...

  26. January 9, 2014

    Fraud arrest another blow to free schools programme

    The coalition government’s free schools programme has suffered a fresh blow after police arrested a man on suspicion of...

  27. Westminster Blog

    January 5, 2014

    Osborne and Gove circle the wagons for Tim Yeo

    Later this month will see a ballot of 600 local Tories in South Suffolk as to whether Tim Yeo, the former minister, should...

  28. December 17, 2013

    They may not find a Jobs – but Pisa tests lean in the right direction

    Michael Gove, UK education secretary, described Andreas Schleicher as the most important man in British education. He is the...

  29. December 13, 2013

    UK free school ordered to close

    A government free school is being forced to close for the first time, after failing to produce a convincing plan to bring it...

  30. December 8, 2013

    Reasons not to fear Shanghai’s superchildren

    You may never have heard of Andreas Schleicher, a placid German who wouldn’t look out of place as the reliable engineer in...

  31. December 3, 2013

    Michael Gove defends Scandinavian-inspired education reforms

    Michael Gove has come under pressure to defend his Scandinavian-inspired education reforms after Finland and Sweden...

  32. December 3, 2013

    UK educational performance ‘stagnating’

    UK pupils’ performance in maths, science and reading is lagging far behind those topping the ranking in East Asia, according...

  33. November 14, 2013

    MPs challenged in ‘back-door funding’ row

    Nick Clegg is among more than 200 MPs facing questions over office rental arrangements that critics say amount to a...

  34. Westminster Blog

    September 12, 2013

    Lib Dems planning for 2015 coalition

    As we head towards next week’s Lib Dem conference in Glasgow, the party’s big beasts are making themselves visible, lining...

  35. September 9, 2013

    Free thinking: Can Michael Gove’s pet policy plug the gap?

    The shortage of school places is not only creating problems for teachers – it has also become a vexed political issue....

  36. September 6, 2013

    Embracing change in schools for a diverse education market

    When Michael Gove, the education secretary, announced far-reaching changes to the national curriculum this summer, the prime...

  37. September 6, 2013

    National schools curriculum faces testing times ahead

    A new national curriculum modelled on some of the world’s leading education systems was unveiled in July, promising more...

  38. September 5, 2013

    Teachers’ unions in England threaten national one-day strike

    The two biggest teachers’ unions are threatening a national one-day strike in England before Christmas in a long-running...

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