Voices The Government has faced a barrage of criticism over the HS2 plans

The Government is looking to spend upwards of £50bn to improve a journey taken by only 2 per cent of commuters

Banks' £7bn bonus pool condemned by unions

As ordinary Britons woke up to George Osborne's latest round of axe-swinging, the City simply shrugged its collective shoulders and got back to what it does best – feathering the bonus nests.

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Councils are challenging a decision to scrap Labour's £55bn school building programme.

Teachers call for end to migrant cap

A leading teachers' union is urging the Government to scrap plans for a cap on immigration because the union believes teachers from overseas help schools to combat racism.

Schools shun parenting classes

A Government plan to improve the behaviour of unruly pupils by sending their parents to compulsory parenting classes has been a spectacular failure. Research for the Department for Education shows that not a single school or local authority has made use of the policy, which was introduced five years ago. Three-fifths of the country's local authorities have also shunned a scheme to draw up "good parenting contracts".

Boy faces governors after teacher shot

A 13-year-old boy who allegedly shot his teacher in the face with a pellet gun will be referred to a disciplinary panel, the chair of the school's governors said today.

Women take control of Swiss government

Women gained a majority in Switzerland's cabinet for the first time yesterday – less than 40 years after the country became one of the last in Europe to allow them to vote in national elections.

Martin Stephen: You can't have exam boards that need to make a profit

There has been a dumbing down – a problem that it would be simpler to address if it was universal. The trouble is that exams which used to favour the top-tier candidates are being made more relevant to the lower tier. One of the besetting evils is the commercialisation of the exam system and – to put it bluntly – this is one reason why the system doesn't work.

Top-performing school head questions value of GCSEs

The head of the top performing GCSE school claims today that the exam is no longer "academically challenging".

Free market has turned us into 'Matrix' drones

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Boys score rare victory at A-level

Boys at independent schools have scored better A-level results than girls at the top level.

Two RC school workers arrested on sex charges

Two men aged 71 and 68, working at a prestigious Roman Catholic school, have been arrested, and another living abroad has been summoned back to the UK in a police investigation into allegations of child abuse.

Universities deny 'banned' A-levels list

Top universities today denied having an unofficial list of "banned" A-levels, including less traditional subjects such as drama and business studies.

Alice-Azania Jarvis: 'A taste for renovating is making me feel old'

All this wedding chat (for those who didn't read last week, a quick disclaimer: Not mine. I repeat, not mine) is having a strange effect on me. It's making me feel old. Well, older, by which I mean approaching adulthood. Adulthood, you see, has always appeared an abstract, almost futuristic concept. Something which had yet to seem relevant to my life. Well, until now.

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