News Dr Andrew Davis claims rival camps in the debate over how to teach children to read are acting like 'religious fundamentalists'

Children who are fluent readers are being damaged by the Government’s insistence on using synthetic phonics in the classroom, a leading academic warns today.

Forget planking and milking, Durham students aim to make porting the next big craze

In an effort to rival last month's viral video of Newcastle University students pouring milk over their heads, students at Durham university have upped the stakes by changing the liquid to port.

Sussex winners Universally Challenged

The winners of the iQuiz first round

It was a blistering night of vital trivia in 18 student unions across Britain yesterday, as more than a hundred teams took part in the inaugural iQuiz.

Mark Clattenburg will return to work on Sunday

Mark Clattenburg set to return to work on Sunday as fourth official at match between Tottenham and West Ham

The Durham-based official will resume refereeing duties next Wednesday when he takes charge of the Premier League game between Southampton and Norwich.

Durham University student rugby club banned from playing after members dressed up as Jimmy Savile

A student rugby club has been banned from playing following bad behaviour on a night out when members dressed up as disgraced TV star Jimmy Savile, his victims and police.

Leo Blair: The guiding force behind his son's political vision

Leo was a self-made man brought up by foster parents in Glasgow, who believed in aspiration

Tony Blair pays tribute as 'remarkable' father Leo dies aged 89

Tony Blair last night paid tribute to his “remarkable” father who died yesterday at the age of 89.

Officers will not face court over ‘errors’ that led to Leonard McCourt’s death

The family of a man who died in the back of a police van following a “catalogue of errors” by officers supposed to be monitoring him today spoke of their anger that nobody would face a criminal prosecution over his death.

Police worker Michael Mount cleared of assault after appeal

A civilian detention officer has been cleared of assaulting a prisoner at a police station after an appeal.

Editorial: In choosing a leader, the Church chooses its future

The deadlock inside the electoral college tasked with choosing a new Archbishop of Canterbury has been said to reveal that the available candidates are not good enough or that the appointments system is dysfunctional. But that is not the problem. The reason is that there is no real agreement within the Church as to what its role should be in a largely secular society at the start of the 21st century.

Arthur Scargill has gone to the High Court to fight an attempt by his union to stop paying the cost of his London flat

Arthur, Arthur, Arthur Out! Out! Out!

Miners' union and Scargill in court over claim they must still pay for the £1.5m Barbican flat he moved into in the 1980s

Cheteshwar Pujara hit a maiden Test ton against New Zealand

County Championship round-up: Panesar's six-wicket haul boosts his England claim

Sussex have their sights on knocking Warwickshire off the top of the First Division table after Monty Panesar added second-innings figures of six for 77 to go with Wednesday's career-best seven for 60 as Somerset were bowled out for 195.

Carole Waugh has not been seen by her family since mid-April

Two remanded on Carole Waugh murder charge

Two men have been remanded in custody at the Old Bailey accused of killing wealthy oil executive Carole Waugh.

Good form: Durham's medium-fast bowler Mark Wood heads for 5 for 78

Durham clear drop zone as Notts title hopes suffer

Durham 194 & 325-8 Nottinghamshire 154 & 349 (Durham win by 16 runs)

Mark Stoneham made 114 as Durham took control yesterday

Stoneman ton sets up Onions for likely killer blow

Mick Newell, the Nottinghamshire director of cricket, had an idea some weeks ago that this match rather than the two to come against Warwickshire would be what defined his side's season. Regrettably for him, the way it is unfolding is cruelly proving the wisdom of his judgment.

Torch-bearer with a flair for languages

A teenager who carried the Olympic Torch days before he sat his A-level exams said he was overjoyed at getting three A* grades and two As.

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