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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.

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A growing number of primary school children are too violent and disruptive to be in school, the Government’s behaviour tsar said today.

Natalie Haynes: Here's why Latin is so useful, Mr Burnham

On Question Time week Andy Burnham made the latest in a series of digs about what he perceives to be the irrelevance of Latin. Speaking of Michael Gove's English baccalaureate, he expressed dismay that Gove had "found room for Latin and ancient Hebrew, but not for engineering or ICT. "How," he asked, "can that be the answer to the challenges we face in the modern world?"

Natalie Haynes: It's not Latin's fault that toffs and Tories studied it

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No hidden agenda, insists Leveson

Lord Justice Leveson said today that he had no "hidden agenda" to stifle press freedom.

Simon Kelner: A happy non-ending for the (continuing) life of Clive

It must be the ultimate in voyeuristic pleasure, being able to read and hear all the nice things that people say about you when you're dead, without actually being dead. The broadcaster and writer Clive James will have had a bittersweet few days, having to reassure the world that he was still alive, while being able to reflect upon the esteem in which he is held by those who knew him and his work.

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