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.

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Mental hospitals 'treat patients like prisoners'

Mental hospitals are effectively becoming prisons for people suffering from schizophrenia and other severe disorders, the head of an NHS watchdog has warned.

Watchdog drops Lehman case against Ernst & Young

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.

A view of Fulham's Craven Cottage

Mohamed Al Fayed converts loans into equity making Fulham debt free

Fulham have plans to increase the capacity of Craven Cottage to 30,000

Market Report: Profits taken but banks are backed

Day traders appeared to be taking profit from the recent surge in the share prices of the UK's banks today, but the City's fund managers are backing the banking sector for the first time since 2007. A trusted fund manager survey by Bank of America Merrill Lynch today declared that global investors have now shifted their stance on financial stocks, the first time since February 2007.

London 2012’s Olympic Cauldron

Grand designs: Snapshot of the way we live now

Contenders for the Design of the Year awards will have you in a spin

Schools urged to ban phones from exams

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

Investment View: Amec is looking the best of the oils bunch

John Wood's family have been selling their stake in the company that bears his name, and that has sent a shiver through the share price. Some £130m worth of shares were sold by certain family members and trusts at the end of last month, although Sir Ian Wood, the founder of the company that split off from what was Scotland's largest fishing company in the 1980s, was not among them.

Traditional Christmas birds the Turtle Dove and Grey Partridge are disappearing from many parts of Britain

On the first day of Christmas... my true love had to get some other gift ideas: Britain's Christmas birds 'rapidly disappearing'

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.

How can the Atos boss get a bonus of £1million while disabled people suffer?

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

Maria Miller: The Culture Secretary says philanthropic support is so important

Middle classes targeted for charity donations in wills

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

New York's Met Museum

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

'Not good enough - must do better': Chief schools inspector says secondary education quality is 'a postcode lottery'

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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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee