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Schools ordered to cut total of pupils selected by ability

MORE SCHOOLS were ordered yesterday to cut the number of pupils they select by ability.

Third of grammars under threat

PARENTS OF school-aged children will launch campaigns today which threaten the future of grammar schools throughout England.

Football: Cheltenham Town 0 Rochdale 2 - Education for Robins

CHELTENHAM TOWN have come a long way in a very short time under Steve Cotterill.

Wife-killing mandarin is detained

A SENIOR Treasury official who killed his wife in a hammer attack and then threw himself under the wheels of a van in a suicide attempt was yesterday committed to a mental hospital.

Football: The minnows to march on Downing Street

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TRAVEL: WALKING IN THE PYRENEES

GETTING THERE

The fallacy of parental choice

I did no research into schools for my son when I moved; I just found the nearest state primary

We will survive this outrage

What kind of poofs would we be if we ran away from Soho at the first sign of trouble?

Comedy: Cheesy does it, Bob

BOB DOWNE MILLFIELD THEATRE EDMONTON, LONDON

Football: Fan's Eye View - Hendon: Old loyalties down Cricklewood way

YOU DON'T have to support a team to follow their fortunes. Despite supporting Luton - actually, it's probably because I support Luton - the arrival of the Sunday papers always finds me seeking out the results of a handful of other teams. Ajax, because my mother is Dutch; Alloa, because I love the name; but first and foremost, Hendon.

Television: Our friends off the North Circular

Friern Barnet Hospital in North London was once the largest mental asylum in Europe. One of its corridors stretched for more than a third of a mile. Now, Friern Barnet is being converted into 260 luxury flats. Rarely was there more justification for saying that the London property market has gone mad.

Is it worth it... Wigs

If you want flowing locks like Gwyneth this summer but don't want the hassle of hair extensions, a wig could be the answer. Despite being given a bad name by Elton John over the years (his latest weave-in faring no better), wigs have become an accepted part of fashion culture.

The knack: How to talk in rhyming slang, by Robert Strudwick

"If you want to be a `fridge' (fridge freezer=geezer), you'd better know your `pukka spiel' from your `dodgy rabbit', or you'll find yourself branded a `Sexton Blake' (fake). Knowing what slang has become obsolete is very important. No one uses `apples and pears', or `frog and toad' any more because they have been exhausted by Cockney stereotypes in the media. If you do use rhyming slang, use it properly. Never use the rhyming part of the phrase. With the phrase `Barnet fair' for hair, for example, you would say something like `I'm having my Barnet cut.' A basic rule is to use the whole phrase only when using more obscure or more recently created rhyming slang terms.

Letter: A stick for teachers

IF CHRIS WOODHEAD'S concern is to see standards rise ("Mr Standards slips", 7 February), why is it that the exam boards have been told by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority that any improvement of exam results beyond a 2 per cent margin will result in a return to "norm referencing" whereby only a fixed percentage will be awarded A grades. Such statistical sharp practice will hide excellence and demotivate teachers. Could it be that, by such manoeuvring, the chief inspector means to ensure he will always have a stick with which to beat the profession?
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