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.

Missing schoolgirl Tia Sharp

Review launched into Tia Sharp's death

A serious case review has been launched into the death of 12-year-old Tia Sharp.

FTSE 100 company Pearson becomes first to offer its own degrees

A leading business publisher is to become the first FTSE 100 company to award its own degrees.

August 4th - At the athletics:
Mr Cameron did not look as if he was enjoying the athletics that much. All the pictures of him captured a strained expression, possibly because he was placed alongside a more casual looking Prince William, who spent much of the time chatting with his wife. That was, until Mo Farah won the 10,000m and he even hugged Boris.

Kevin Garside: Pressure the PM but it's also our job to keep sport thriving

The Way I See It: There simply isn’t time or the funding in the state sector to devote the formal time required to give kids the exposure to sport we would all like. That has to come from parents and clubs, from people like you and me.

Blade runner: Great Britain's Ed McKeever powers to victory in the 200m men's final

Canoeing: Ed 'The Cleaver' McKeever cuts up field like Usain Bolt

Ed McKeever is quickly labelled the Usain Bolt of sprint canoeing after powering away and holding lead to win gold

Tom Hodgkinson: How grammar can keep you out of jail

Anyone who knows anything about prisons will suspect a link between criminal behaviour and illiteracy. I'm a keen student of the work of Noel "Razor" Smith, armed robber-turned-writer and public speaker. He has been in and out of prison all his life. There is no doubt that he found liberation through language. And again and again in his accounts of prison life, we find that a large proportion of his fellow inmates cannot read or write.

Lord Coe: 'We have to recognise that we are likely to be the first generation of parents that are fitter than our kids.'

Sebastian Coe: We risk having children who are less fit than their parents

London's Olympics chief wades into row over sport at school – and piles pressure on Cameron

Prime Minister David Cameron has said that London is the most diverse city in the world

Cameron draws up plans to boost sport in schools

David Cameron is drawing up plans to boost schools sports in the face of growing calls to capitalise on the Olympics by inspiring the next generation of young athletes.

David Cameron to consider boost for school sport

David Cameron is drawing up plans to boost school sports in the face of growing calls to capitalise on the Olympics by inspiring the next generation of young athletes.

What makes a British brand?: Jamie Oliver

Food education in Britain is 'unforgivably bad', says chef Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver has said the Olympics offer Britain the opportunity to become a healthier country but it has done “unforgivably badly” in educating children about food and sport.

The Blagger's Guide To: Fictional sporting heroes

Drama, romance adventure ... and jockstraps

Students choose to buy textbooks over trainers

University students in 2012 are no longer the party animals their predecessors were reputed to be.

Government could unlock millions of pounds by scrapping council tax discounts

More than £602 million a year extra revenue could be generated in London alone, claims report

Meningitis effects harming children

A third of children who survive meningitis will be left with “devastating” long-term conditions, new research suggests.

Undefeated (12A)

You don't have to know or care much about the sport to be touched by this documentary on the travails of a Tennessee high-school (American) football team.

Accountancy: ‘You don’t have to be good at maths’

Russ Thorne dispels some of the myths about a career in accountancy

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Japanese mood was against what was seen as irresponsible trips to a vicious war zone
Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

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The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

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