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Professor Peter Higgs arrives at the Cern seminar in Switzerland yesterday

An idea thought up on a rainy weekend

As an atheist with no desire to upset believers, Professor Peter Higgs has always hated the idea of a God particle. He has never been keen on the nomenclature of the Higgs boson either – referring to it as "the particle named after me" on the rare occasions he gives an interview.

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

Notebook: Quite aside from how useful Latin is in the jobs market, it is also good for your soul

Lisa Markwell: The education reform that is testing for everyone

How did it go?" I ask brightly. The response is a grunt. This is my lot as the mother of a child sitting GCSEs.

Private schools want to join state sector but stay selective

Some of the country's best-known independent grammar schools are ready to join the state sector – provided that they can continue to select their pupils.

Richard Garner: Gove's mixed messages on selection

Asked if he was in favour of expanding selective education in areas where parents wanted it, Michael Gove famously said: "My foot is hovering over the pedal: I'll have to see what my co-driver Nick Clegg has to say."

Leading article: We can't be selective about grammars

Both friends and foes of grammar schools will be watching closely to see what signals emerge from the office of the Education Secretary, Michael Gove, following our report on how some leading grammar school heads wish to rejoin the state sector if they can carry on selecting.

Michael Gove rejects demands for more grammar schools

Education Secretary Michael Gove today rejected demands by Conservative MPs to allow the creation of more grammar schools, insisting they were not a “magic bullet” to solve the problems of the education system.

Leading article: Lessons still to be learnt from grammar schools

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Parr, in his second career: 'all jazzmen are kicking against something,' he said, 'and it comes out when they blow'

Frank Parr: Lancashire cricketer and trombonist with George Melly

If things had worked out differently, Frank Parr could have been one of the great characters of post-war English cricket. An acrobatic wicketkeeper, he caught the eye almost as soon as he appeared in the Lancashire side. At The Oval in 1952, in only his second county match, he was tipped by The Times to be Godfrey Evans' successor in the England side. Herbert Strudwick, England keeper in the 1920s, thought he was very special. The following year Parr came close to being selected for the winter tour of the West Indies.

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Michael Gove 'backs more grammar schools'

Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, has pledged his support for the expansion of grammar schools, it was claimed yesterday.

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

Grammar schools 'should have greater exam expectations of pupils'

Grammar schools should have greater expectations of their pupils when it comes to exam passes, according to a study published today.

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