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Fred Talbot faces 9 charges of incident assault and one serious sexual assault

There, their or they're? It matters to me

If you send a text that is grammatically correct, it shows that you have taken care over your message - you have treated the recipient with due respect

Professor Simon Horobin: 'Is the apostrophe so crucial to the preservation of our society?'

Gasps of shock at Hay Literary Festival as professor asks for grammar pedants to relax

Simon Horobin, a professor of English at Magdalen College, Oxford, suggested that the spellings of 'they’re', 'their' and 'there' could be standardised

One of the country's leading headteachers is to accuse Education Secretary Michael Gove of “chickening out” of bringing back a return to grammar schools

Leading headteacher: Michael Gove 'chickening out' on return of grammar schools

One of the country's leading headteachers is to accuse Education Secretary Michael Gove of “chickening out” of bringing back a return to grammar schools.

Should grammar tests be part of the school curriculum?

Keep a hand to your eraser - grammar wars are brewing. The new curriculum set out by Education Secretary Michael Gove was criticised in March by academics who called it an "endless list of spellings, facts, and rules"; in the last few days, more angst has flared up - particularly over the issue of spelling and grammar or 'Spag' tests. 

Why are we sharing the Charles Ramsey meme?

You've probably seen the Charles Ramsey video by now (if not, hey, it's right above). In the 3 minute clip, the neighbour of Ariel Castro, the man today charged with kidnapping and raping three women, describes how he heard one of the victims shout from next door and went over to help. It's become a viral hit - with almost ten million views on combined YouTube sources - but what's the root of its success?

Plans for first mixed Catholic and Protestant school in Northern Ireland approved

Northern Ireland's first shared education campus for Catholic and Protestant schoolchildren has been granted planning approval.

The Blagger's Guide To: Grammar

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The home of the TV weatherman was raided by police as part of an investigation into historic sexual abuse

Police widen inquiry into TV weatherman Fred Talbot

Detectives investigating reports of historic sexual abuse by a former teacher have widened their investigation to take in at least two other schools.

TV weatherman Fred Talbot arrested in sex abuse investigation

TV weatherman Fred Talbot was arrested today by police investigating historic sex abuse allegations at a school.

Cold-callers don't warm me up with plastic chumminess

It grates when people I've never met start a conversation as if we're old friends

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Tom Hodgkinson: Education needn't be so geared to jobs

Education as it is organised today is a system for fitting children out to be servile adults. They are trained to serve, either in the corporation or the bureaucracy. This is called a utilitarian education, and its end purpose is a "good job". A lucky few slip through the net and, against the odds, create a somewhat more romantic arrangement for themselves: they are the self-employed – the artists, the entrepreneurs, the wanderers. But most are condemned to a life of more or less well-paid servility: at the last count, there were 25.3 million people in the UK with jobs. Sadly, this figure is on the rise.

Brian Langford: Somerset cricketer for over 20 years

In a Sunday League game against Essex he bowled eight overs without conceding a run

Must do better: 200 secondary schools on Government 'hit list' after failing to reach target for GCSE passes

Nearly 200 secondary schools are on a Government “hit list” after failing to reach its minimum target for GCSE passes, exam league tables showed today.

X Factor rapped by Ofcom for excessively plugging hotel where finalists stayed

The X Factor breached broadcasting rules by giving excessive plugs to the hotel where the show’s finalists stayed, the broadcasting watchdog ruled.

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