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

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The accounting watchdog has abandoned the case against Ernst & Young (E&Y) over its role as auditor of the collapsed investment bank Lehman Brothers, whose demise made a significant contribution to the global financial crisis.

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Schools urged to ban phones from exams

All schools should ban mobile phones from examination halls, exams officers declared yesterday.

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The stars of the chorus of “The Twelve Days of Christmas”, the turtle dove and the grey partridge, are disappearing from many parts of the UK

EasyJet CEO sees her pay soar

Easyjet's chief executive Carolyn McCall has seen her pay jump by more than a quarter, from £1.55m to almost £1.99m, including a £1.27m bonus.

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As disabled people are re-assessed by Atos, many are shocked to see the mammoth bonus handed out.

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Middle classes targeted for charity donations in wills

Government backs plans encouraging hundreds of thousands to bequeath to arts and culture

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New York's Met museum sued over 'recommended' $25 admission fee

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York faces the possibility of tens of millions of dollars in lost revenue if a lawsuit over its allegedly misleading admissions policy succeeds.

Figures given to the BBC by exam boards show that about one in 14 who took the exam earlier this year will resit

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In his first state of the nation report since taking office, chief schools inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw delivered a damning verdict

UK whistleblowers top US league

More than one in 10 tip-offs about corporate wrongdoing received by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) came from overseas, with British whistleblowers topping the list, a global investigations firm said yesterday.

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