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.

County Championship round-up: Onions just misses 10-wicket haul as Notts feel full force of his frustration

Graham Onions unleashed his frustration at missing the cut from a third consecutive Test squad by taking nine Nottinghamshire wickets with an extraordinary exhibition of high quality seam and swing bowling at Trent Bridge yesterday.

Surrey are up against it after Tim Murtagh picked up five wickets

County Championship round-up: Surrey edge nearer trap door after Murtagh's five-wicket haul

Once upon a time, the punishment for an England player deemed to have let his country down would have been to be sent back to his county to serve his time. How Surrey would wish that were the case now. With Kevin Pietersen made unavailable by England despite his exclusion from the Test side at Lord's, they were bowled out for 144 by Middlesex at The Oval, and a quick return to Division Two as reward for a desperate, tragic season seems all the more likely.

Carole Waugh's body was found with a single stab wound inside a car at a garage in Lime Court

Two men charged with Carole Waugh murder

Two men have been charged with the murder of oil executive Carole Waugh, Scotland Yard said today.

Liam Plunkett has undertaken a 15,000-mile trip in order to cover for Paul Collingwood in the final ODI

Cricketer Liam Plunkett given second driving ban

England cricketer Liam Plunkett was banned from driving for a second time today after he was caught behind wheel while more than twice over the legal limit.

1. Edinburgh Zoo: Adult £15.50, child £11, edinburghzoo.org.uk - Home to the UK’s only giant pandas, this is the largest and most exciting wildlife attraction in Scotland.

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Whether you fancy learning about the planets, pandas or the plague, Britain’s city’s offer great summer-holiday outings

Eunice Benedicto hopes her MBA will equip her for humanitarian missions

This year’s most promising future business leaders

Our joint scholarships are lowering financial barriers, says Russ Thorne

Study finds rise in proportion of income taxed

A study of 50 cities showing the proportion of their populations' total income taken in income tax shows that some are paying up to 31 per cent more since the start of the financial crisis.

Missing oil executive Carole Waugh 'killed by single stab wound'

The search for the missing businesswoman Carole Waugh ended yesterday with the grim discovery of a dead woman’s body hidden inside a car at an anonymous line-up of rented garages used by builders for storage.

Lives Remembered: Brian Dobson, Archaeologist and noted authority on Hadrian’s Wall

Hadrian's Wall is not an easy monument to interpret. Its very size suggests that its sole purpose was defence, but study of the archaeological remains leads to a more subtle view in which frontier control and the mobility of the Roman army in the whole of the frontier zone played a part.

Boy, seven, dies after falling off steam engine

A seven-year-old boy died after falling from the trailer of a steam-powered traction engine at an open-air social history museum in County Durham yesterday.

Seven-year-old boy dies at an open air museum

A seven-year-old boy died at an open air museum after suffering head injuries in an accident involving a steam-powered traction engine.

A brilliant 83 from Jason Roy, pictured, off only 78 balls, with five sixes, confirmed that Surrey's cavalier spirit is not dead

Notts stay in hot pursuit of leaders

Nottinghamshire 328 Surrey 252-6 (Match drawn)

County Championship round-up: Bairstow's struggles go on after England rejection

Jonny Bairstow still cannot find the restorative runs for Yorkshire that would soothe being dropped from England's Test side. After scoring 25 in total in five Twenty20 knocks and then copping a first-ball dismissal in his only first-class innings since the final Test against West Indies, Bairstow at least made a start against Derbyshire in the top-of-the-table Division Two clash at Chesterfield, but was out for 27 when he dragged a ball from Tony Palladino on to his stumps.

Pair killed inmate to eat his liver

Two prisoners who disembowelled a fellow inmate were told by a judge yesterday that they are likely to spend the rest of their lives in jail.

Chris Tremlett receives some words of advise from his Surrey captain Gareth Batty

County Championship round-up: Tremlett toils while Strauss hits 50 in Middlesex flop

Andrew Strauss would normally be happy scoring a half-century on his return to county colours, but seen as his Middlesex side were skittled for just 98, the England captain's joy was probably less than unconfined.

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