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Errors & Omissions: We should follow the rules of grammar, even if they sound a bit 'wrong'

"Hope for peace talks remain despite tensions in West Bank."

Leading grammar says Baccalaureate is the future

One of the country's leading state grammar schools is to encourage pupils to switch from A-levels to the International Baccalaureate (IB) exam this September.

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British teenager in holiday balcony plunge

A British teenager is in hospital with serious injuries after reportedly falling seven floors from a balcony in Majorca while on holiday.

1,500 schools aim to opt out

More than 1,500 schools have expressed interest in becoming academies, the Government says.

Do we still need the Orange Prize?

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The trials and tribulations of creating a 'free' school

Peter Stanford talks to Toby Young about his quest to provide a decent education for his children

Trouble for coalition as right-wingers elected to lead 1922 Committee

Right-wing critics of David Cameron's coalition deal with the Liberal Democrats were elected by Tory MPs to key positions on their powerful backbench committee last night.

Two Jags, but one of a kind: DJ Taylor bids farewell to John Prescott

Whatever the result of the general election, there's one Right Honourable Member who'll be particularly missed in the Commons and beyond.

Album: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings I Learned The Hard Way (Daptone)

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Paul Vallely: Across the city, fans feel a shift in the balance of power

"Where were you when you were shit," Man Utd fans chanted the last time Man City played at Old Trafford.

Selective schools not more socially exclusive, says study

Top comprehensives take less than their fair share of pupils from deprived homes
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Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

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Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

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