Kano: a Raspberry Pi computer that snaps together like Lego in 107 seconds

New development kit for the credit-card sized computer aims to open up basic computer coding to younger students

A still from Pink Floyd's music video for 'We Don't Need No Education'

What are spellcheckers for? Embarrassed boys shun basics as they avoid writing

But one in three girls say they write out of class every day

Dr Sanger refused a knighthood on the grounds that he did not want to be called 'Sir'

Fred Sanger dies at 95: 'Father of the genomics' and only Briton ever to win two Nobel Prizes

Dr Sanger was 'one of the most important scientists of the 20th century'

Meet ‘cultural norm’, he kills girls: The tragedy of child brides

The UN expresses concern about maternal mortality among children, but few member states are willing to confront the issue

Labour failed to do enough to see its drive to improve pupils’ literacy through, the man behind the programme has acknowledged

Labour failed to fulfil promise to improve pupil literacy rates, warns party's former education adviser Michael Barber

Labour failed to do enough to see its drive to improve pupils’ literacy through, the man behind the programme has acknowledged.

Neil Gaiman described reading fiction as 'one of the most important things one can do'

Neil Gaiman: Closing libraries 'is like stopping the vaccination programmes'

‘No such thing as a bad book for children’, says bestselling fantasy author

Conservative Peer Lord Hanningfield

Andy McSmith's Diary: Lord Leveson admits he made one big slip-up

Our man in Westminster

The obvious reasons why UK literacy and numeracy skills are among the lowest in the developed world

We need a massive change of attitude if we’re to improve basic education and give children what they’re entitled to

The Association of Teachers and Lecturers has claimed that many support staff are being asked to provide cover for absent teachers

There is no easy solution to the crisis in British education

The UK is the only nation where our young people have less mastery of the basics than the adult population as a whole

The privatisation of prison probation means the end of rehabilitation

Having recieved a five year sentence for fraud, I now realise that prison is the easy part

England/N.Ire came 21st for numeracy out of 24 countries (Getty)

British education in crisis? Literacy and numeracy skills of young people in UK among lowest in developed world

Pupils worse at maths and English than grandparents with England 22nd for literacy and 21st for numeracy out of 24 countries

Malcolm in the middle: if you want to understand a phenomenon, you have to look at the extremes, argues Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell is wrong: The counterintuitive idea shouldn't always become conventional wisdom

A modern secular prophet, his parables have inspired a swathe of lesser holy me

A Syrian couple mourn in front of dead bodies

Syrian immorality tales: Two men in the conflict who didn’t deserve their fate

The cruelty of Omar’s treatment is exactly the reason why the whole crisis began in Syria

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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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The man who hunts giants

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The male exhibits strange behaviour

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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