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"This is not about ‘good schools’ and ‘bad schools’ but about our failure to tackle disadvantage effectively."

More allotments are being sold off by councils

Allotment-holders take legal action against Eric Pickles

Legal action launched over decision to allow sale of sites

Anthony Hilton: Bond’s backing for new adoption scheme could help children find a home

One of the most exciting innovations of recent times has been the development of social-impact bonds. These are loans raised in the markets or from private investors where the money is invested to finance and improve the social outcomes delivered by publicly funded services and the return on the bonds is linked to the success of the venture.

This painting of French artist Lucien Pissarro by J B Manson is worth up to £30,000 and can now be sold to pay for dementia care

Council wins right to sell heirlooms to fund a father’s care

A man has lost his battle to prevent family heirlooms, including a painting by Lucien Pissarro worth up to £30,000, from being seized to fund his father’s care.

Overall leader Chris Froome (C) rides ahead of Spain's Alberto Contador (L) in the pack during the 168 km sixteenth stage of the 100th edition of the Tour

Tour de France 2013: Chris Froome accuses Alberto Contador after rivals collide on rapid descent

‘It’s one of those crazy things. He went a little bit too fast and couldn’t control his own speed’

Andy Reed: It’s a 10-year journey, not a sprint

The Games raised the UK’s self-esteem and boosted business and the economy. More major sporting events are taking place on UK soil, which will help to keep that taste of excitement in the air. The challenge now is to inspire the spectators to take a more active role in sport.

Dozens crushed by Spanish bull after becoming trapped during Spain's Pamplona festival

23-year-old Australian woman was gored in the chest, medical officials confirm

Robert Halfon is described as one of the best campaigners in Parliament

We’re not posh: Tories rebrand party to win friends in the North

Conservatives aim to shed ‘rich’ image in bid to win over crucial voters outside the South East

A volunteer at a Trussell Trust food bank sorts donations to the charity in Salisbury, Wiltshire

Benefit cuts sends number of food bank users soaring

New figures emerge a week after Lord Freud, the Welfare Reform Minister, questioned whether there was a link between the two events

Khat is banned in the Netherlands

Theresa May to ban Khat in face of advice from drugs advisers

Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs ridiculed suggestions that its supply is linked to terrorist groups

Reggae star Smiley Culture stabbed himself during a police raid, inquest rules

Reggae star Smiley Culture died from a self-inflicted stab wound to the chest during a police raid at his home, an inquest jury found today.

State schools will be allowed to set their own school holidays, Department for Education announces

Plans come as part of move to give state schools greater autonomy

Education is about more than making a fast buck, Mr Gove

One thing sticks in my mind from my visit to Sweden to study their free schools system – upon which Michael Gove has based many of his education reforms.

Fewer Creationist groups are joining Michael Gove’s flagship programme

Creationist free school applications plummet

The number of faith schools continues to grow, mostly started by mainstream Christian groups

Smiley Culture inquest jury considers verdict

Singer died of a stab wound during a police raid on his home in 2011

Ann Coffey says she wants a system fit for purpose that protects children

'No mercy' for those who fail to protect children, says Ann Coffey

Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for runaway and missing children and adults wants a care system which is 'fit for purpose'

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Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

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Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
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The West needs more than a White Knight

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Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
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Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

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