Education Department blamed as libraries and play areas are turned into makeshift classrooms
The UK Independence Party (Ukip) continued its winning streak after last week's county polls, taking a seat from the Tories in the latest council by-elections and coming second in two Labour ones.
Life Beyond the Premier League
Actress Andrea Riseborough says she believes Lady Thatcher, who she played in a BBC drama, had “psychopathic tendencies”.
Cricket commentators are used to longeurs, but these football-watching types couldn't handle an evening of boredom in Warsaw
Lee Meadows, 28, a professional tap dancer from Swindon, participated in last night's Opening Ceremony as a Harry Potter "Dementor", hiding beneath the trampoline bed of a Great Ormond Street child
The last time Dwain Chambers competed in the London Grand Prix, back in 2003, he was celebrating his victory in the 100 metres when the scoreboard flashed up: "1 D Chambers 9.53 world record." The Londoner clasped his hands to his mouth in disbelief, and with good reason.
Two new reports reveal England's worst-hit regions
Brentford have today sacked manager Andy Scott.
Parents in traditionally well-off areas are more likely to take their children by car
Next week's Sheffield film festival focuses on work captured by the cameras in all our pockets. Kaleem Aftab sees the future
The latest feelgood Brit-flick manages to make an inspiring story feel formulaic and cheesy
Nick Griffin's leadership threatened by crisis in far-right politics
The British National Party (BNP) failed in its efforts to break into the political mainstream when it suffered a succession of defeats in its key target seats.
He's got a nice complexion, but Nick Griffin could do with a history lesson. Deborah Ross gets under the BNP leader's skin on the campaign trail in Essex