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Seven extremely rare photographs of Churchill have been restored and rescued from a barn in Cirencester

Letter from the editor: So much for Harrow!

Every day, when I finish this missive, I ask one or two of my senior colleagues to read it through. They say that it’s just an expression of my need for external validation (thanks very much, boys, but I pay a shrink good money to tell me things like that).

Harrow backs teacher over model photos

Harrow School stood by its art teacher today after photographs of her posing topless were circulated among pupils.

The Harrow at Little Bedwyn, Little Bedwyn Near Marlborough, Wiltshire

Little Bedwyn sounds like it should be the home of miniature desert-dwelling Arabs, but actually it's as English as Midsomer Murders. A 15-minute wiggly slalom down a bumpy C-road from Hungerford running alongside the Kennet and Avon Canal, it's slap bang in the middle of nowhere. I don't think I saw a single signpost to the village, or to Great Bedwyn either. We only found The Harrow after a workman on a building site said he thought there might be some sort of snack bar for well-to-do folk in yonder meadow...

Tube workers balloted for action

London Underground workers are to be balloted for industrial action in a row over pay, it was announced today.

First class school, economy class fees: Reduce the cost of private education with scholarships and bursaries

During a recession, many of us tighten the belt. Perhaps we can forgo the family holiday and new car, pack a lunch. But when it comes to educating children, should our plans change?

Ex-housemistress cleared of school abuse charges

A former housemistress at a top school was today cleared of helping a male teacher abuse boys.

Lord Walker: Durable left-of-centre Conservative politician who served in government under Heath and Thatcher

Peter Walker was one of the great survivors of the Conservative Party, spanning the Heath and Thatcher eras. At the time of his voluntary retirement in 1990, a few months before Thatcher's downfall, no 20th century politician, apart from Churchill and Lloyd George, had served longer in Cabinets and Shadow Cabinets, and it was appropriate that he should call his memoirs Staying Power. Though he never held one of the "great" offices of state, the variety of posts that he did fill, and the timing of them, ensured that he made significant contributions to British public life, proving a minister of considerable executive efficiency. Political durability was not his only claim to fame. His earlier role as a successful city financier, particularly with Jim Slater, would alone have ensured him the attention of serious commentators.

Outside the Box: If Beckford stays put, the Stones won't be rolling in it

The increasing likelihood of Leeds United's Jermaine Beckford seeing out the season at Elland Road has been greeted with dismay at non-League Wealdstone, alma mater of Stuart Pearce and Vinnie Jones. The Ryman League club, who sold him to Leeds for about £45,000 in 2006, are due to receive 20 per cent of any future transfer, and were rubbing their hands when Newcastle United recently offered £1.8m for the striker – one-fifth of which amounts to a cool £360,000. Leeds seem prepared to risk losing him for nothing when his contract expires in June, which means that the hard-up Stones will not receive a penny. "It would be heartbreaking for the club," a spokesman told Outside The Box. "That sort of money would ensure our mid-term future." One (very) small consolation is the raffle with which Wealdstone have sold off naming rights to their newly developed Vale Stadium, a home at last after almost 20 nomadic years of ground-sharing; that honour has been won for the next 15 months by St George's Shopping Centre, Harrow.

Straight out of Wealdstone: The non-league players who made it big

Chris Smalling's career has taken off in spectacular style. Last year, the centre half was playing for Maidstone in non-league football. Currently at Fulham, he has agreed terms with Manchester United and will join the Champions in the summer.

Harrow head attacks 'worthless qualifications'

Too many state schools are cramming their pupils with “worthless qualifications” to boost their position in exam league tables, a leading independent school head said today.

Minor British Institutions: Winsor & Newton

You may not have realised, but those squidgy tubes of paint that artists use are a British invention. The collapsible, screw-cap tube mechanism seems an obvious way to store paint nowadays, but, when it was patented in 1842 by the Winsor & Newton company it was something of a revelation, a small contribution to the golden era of British inventiveness.

How to keep the staff learning while they work

A break from the classroom gives a welcome chance to refresh skills

McNulty told to repay £14,000 of expenses

Tony McNulty, former employment minister, had to make a humiliating apology in the Commons after claiming expenses on a property occupied rent-free by his parents.

The Sketch: All he wanted was proper advice...

In Parliamentary terms Tony McNulty is an overweight bully with the mentality of a thug. Yes, yes, it takes one to know one.

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