Michael Gove’s teacher tests are a smokescreen | Darren Macey

The education secretary says his tougher tests will raise standards yet he is also creating more opportunities for unqualified teachers This week the Department for Education has announced a shakeup of teacher training, applying what future generations will no doubt refer to as the “Gove principle”, whereby any perceived issue can be solved by making […]


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Private schools warned: share your sports or lose tax breaks

Departing British Olympic Association chairman wants state primaries to benefit from independent schools in return for £100m tax breaks Private schools should have to share their sports facilities with state primaries in return for the £100m-a-year tax breaks they enjoy through their charitable status, according to the outgoing chairman of the British Olympic Association. The […]


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Labour to challenge Michael Gove’s school playing fields rule change

Stephen Twigg condemns government relaxation of school sports field regulations days before Olympics started Labour is calling for a vote in parliament demanding that the government restore regulations on the minimum outdoor space schools must offer pupils for team games. The education secretary, Michael Gove, has relaxed the rules that set out the space each […]


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Olympic Games have shown world what Britain is made of, says Cameron

Prime minister vows that London 2012 will have positive effect on UK economy as he boasts of sporting and social legacy David Cameron has declared that Britain has “shown the world what we are made of” and vowed that the success of the Olympics would leave a positive legacy for sport, volunteering and the British […]


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Team GB’s success puts pressure on PM to sustain funding for elite sport

David Cameron is expected to guarantee funding for the system behind Team GB’s success through to the Rio Games in 2016 In the wake of Team GB’s Olympic success in London, the prime minister is expected to confirm that funding for elite sport will be guaranteed through to the next Games in Rio. As the […]


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David Cameron backs compulsory competitive sports for primary students

PM says new requirement to be part of national curriculum, after coming under fire for scrapping two-hours-a-week sport target Competitive team sports will be made compulsory for all primary age children, David Cameron said on Saturday, after he criticised schools for holding Indian dance classes instead. The prime minister, who is under fire for scrapping […]


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Drop in school sport support blamed on funding cuts

Research indicates a 60% decrease in amount of time dedicated to organising nationwide participation for pupils On the eve of an Olympic Games that has promised to “inspire a generation of young people through sport”, research has indicated a 60% drop in the amount of time dedicated to organising school sport nationwide in the wake […]


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School sports: Our children’s sporting dreams betrayed | Observer editorial

The chance to create a lasting legacy from Britain’s summer of sport is about to be passed up Today, Andy Murray becomes the first Briton to walk out on the Centre Court at Wimbledon to compete in a men’s singles final since Bunny Austin in 1938. Whether or not he goes the same way as […]


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Letters: Shed some light on blacklisting conspiracy

I support Michael Meacher’s call for a public inquiry into the Consulting Association blacklisting conspiracy (Letters, 25 April). It was documents disclosed at my employment tribunal against the construction giant Carillion that brought to light the probable collusion by police and/or security services in the first place. I was granted a court order to view […]


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TRADEWIND RECRUITMENT: Temporary teacher of PE required in Warrington

£90 – £140 per day: TRADEWIND RECRUITMENT: A popular and over-subscribed 11-18 school in Warrington requires a temporary teacher of PE to cover a staff absence until the end of the academic year. The position is part-time and due to commence at the beginning of January. The successful applicant wo Warrington http://jobs.guardian.co.uk/job/4403839/temporary-teacher-of-pe-required-in-warrington/?TrackID=13


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