News Sir Michael Wilshaw has vowed to tackle what he called 'a culture of casual acceptance' of low level disruption in schools

Schools will face “no notice” inspections of their pupils’ behaviour as from Monday.

The Business Matrix: Saturday 27 April 2013

2.5% growth short of expectations

Alan Milburn, head of the Child Poverty Commission, and Baroness Shephard, his deputy

Alan Milburn and Gillian Shephard: 'The Government must be judged by its actions, not words. Our job is to judge the actions'

Alan Milburn and Gillian Shephard make an  unlikely team – but, they tell Andrew Grice, they both want ministers to do more on child poverty

Market Report: M&C Saatchi shares hit a record high

M&C Saatchi chief executive David Kershaw is a big golfer and anyone who is playing 18 holes with him in the near future could be forgiven for feeling a twinge of envy. Shares in the advertising-agency group hit a record high yesterday, soaring 20.5p to 260p, as the annual report had a bullish forecast which boosted sentiment – not to mention the pay packets of the directors.

Filofax close to being sold

Filofax, the maker of the leather personal organisers associated with Yuppies in the 1980s, is close to being sold to an unnamed party. 

It is felt that many pre-school children do not have access to good childcare

Must try harder! Failing nurseries warned to improve or face closure

Only ratings of 'good' and 'outstanding' will be acceptable warns Ofsted chief

Bailey got £2.3m as she left Trinity Mirror

Sly Bailey, the former chief executive of Trinity Mirror, walked away with nearly £2.3m from the newspaper publisher last year after an investor revolt and a 90 per cent slump in the share price.

G4S boss Buckles in double-digit pay rise despite Olympic fiasco

Barclays has once again topped the official complaints table of shame published by the City regulator.

Civil Service in revolt after being told to spend more time at their desks

Mandarins in London get an extra hour off each week because of their longer commute

Princess Cristina: allegations have now been made that she had some knowledge of suspect financial dealings involving her husband, Iñaki Urdangarin

The royal suspect: Spain's Princess Cristina linked to corruption scandal

Spain's Royal Family lurched towards a new low point in what could be their most serious credibility crisis in decades when King Juan Carlos' daughter, Princess Cristina, was named as a suspect in a multimillion euro fraud and money-laundering case involving her husband, Iñaki Urdangarin.

ITV boss Crozier's pay rises to £1.8m

ITV chief executive Adam Crozier's annual pay jumped to £1.8m from £1.5m after a third year of rising profits under his leadership.

Callum McManaman

Premier League chief Richard Scudamore joins 'exceptional' Callum McManaman tackle debate

Massadio Haidara has said he expected the Wigan player to be charged

Smaller pay packets for BAE's top two after EADS failure

BAE Systems' chairman, Dick Olver, and its chief executive, Ian King, made £745,000 and £2.2m, respectively, in 2012 – a year in which the aerospace giant failed in its audacious merger attempt with EADS and profits fell by 6 per cent.

Officers oppose ombudsman plan for armed forces

Attempts to appoint an ombudsman to hear grievances from members of the armed forces face strong opposition from the military chain of command who hold that the move would be ineffective, costly and blur lines on accountability.

Santander pair pocket £2.8m in hellos

Two new executives at Santander UK were paid a total of £2.8m in "golden hellos" last year, cutting across much stricter bank pay rules being introduced by the European Union.

High street banking giant Santander pays £1m-plus to 19 staff

High street banking giant Santander paid 19 staff more than £1 million last year and increased its bonus pool by 14% to £150 million despite another year of hefty provisions for mis-selling scandals.

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
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Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
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How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links