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.

Adult education shows strong class divide

The number of adults taking part in learning has plummeted during the past two years, according to figures released yesterday. Middle-class people with well-paid jobs and good qualifications are far more likely to go on courses than the unemployed and unskilled, researchers said.

Government cuts in student migration could 'cost the UK £3bn a year'

The Government is putting short-term political aims above concerns over long-term migration with its plans to cut the number of international students coming to the UK, a think-tank said today.

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'Poor checks' on school accounts

Safety checks aimed at spotting improper spending by schools and academies are inadequate, MPs will warn today.

Grant with lead singer Robert Plant and bassist John Paul Jones at Knebworth festival

The heavy guide to getting ahead in music: scholarship named after Led Zeppelin's legendary manager

To those who dared to stand in his way, Peter Grant, the legendary manager of Led Zeppelin, conducted his business with a mixture of verbal aggression, physical intimidation and judicious use of a baseball bat.

Mexican pupils make porn movie

Authorities are investigating how a porn video was made by sixth-graders inside their school.

The Queen's Speech: More rights for divorced fathers

Fathers look set to be given additional rights to see their children after family break-up or divorce, as long as it is in the child's best interests, under reforms set out in the Queen's Speech.

Teachers balloted over academy plans

The Government is facing an increasing threat of widespread industrial action over its flagship academy programme.

Russell Hobby of the NAHT warned that heads would rebel against plans to publish school-by-school results in the reading tests

Headteachers vote to expel Michael Gove's new reading tests for primary school pupils

Blow to Education Secretary as unions refuse to co-operate with exams for six- and 11-year-olds

Headteachers could 'boycott Government reading test', warns union leader

Headteachers could boycott the Government's controversial new reading test for six-year-olds if it is used "as a stick to beat schools with", a union leader warned today.

Portfolio: John Carder Bush

I started photographing my sister Kate in my early twenties, when she was eight. We used soft, afternoon light, clothes from jumble sales as costumes, props from anything we could find, and we took the photos in the atmospheric, shadowy corners of the old farm in Kent where we lived.

Medical Breakthrough: The vast majority of babies conceived via IVF are born healthy

Defect risk 'higher for assisted births'

A new study suggests that fertility treatment can increase the likelihood of congenital problems

The Cookbook Collector, By Allegra Goodman

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Mick Shaw (left) firefighter, union leader and fought the rise of the far right in British politics

Mick Shaw: Firefighter, union leader and anti-racist

Mick Shaw was a firefighter by profession, but it was in fighting racism and the rise of the far right in British politics that he first made his name.

Class acts: Emilien Néron and Sophie Nélisse star in ‘Monsieur Lazhar’

Monsieur Lazhar (12A)

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