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

NHS is 'failing' mental health patients

Three-quarters of people suffering from mental illness do not have access to treatments which would improve their lives and save billions of pounds every year, experts warn today.

Universities still missing state school admission targets

Britain's leading universities are still failing to attract enough state school pupils and students from disadvantaged homes, according to figures published today.

Four universities join elite Russell Group

The elite Russell Group of universities has accepted four new members.

Government to press ahead with planning reforms

The Government is determined to press ahead with planning reforms, according to two of its senior figures.

The 10 best back-to-school buys

Make the new term a little more bearable with these clever and useful accessories...

School meal prices rise by a quarter

School dinners will cost up to 25 per cent more this year compared to last.

Pupils expelled for low AS grades

Pupils who fail to attain good AS-level results in their first year of sixth form are being excluded from some of the UK's leading state schools in a bid to protect league table figures.

Independent schools make the grade again

Britain's top Independent Schools have extended their lead over state counterparts in terms of grade performance, claim figures out today.

The 10 best school bags

Prepare for the inevitable pre-term panic by equipping your child with a sturdy yet stylish backpack. There’s something here to help shoulder every load...

Why a degree doesn't mean higher pay

Thousands of teenagers who leave school with just GCSEs are earning more than those who go on to complete a degree course, according to research published today.

Thousands of pupils skipped lessons

Tens of thousands of pupils skipped lessons without permission each day during the spring term, official figures suggest.

Review for school which targets gangs

The Government has ordered a review of the rejection of plans for a free school aimed at breaking the link between teenagers and gangs.

MyKindaCrowd is shortlisted by Big Venture Challenge

MyKindaCrowd.com has got through to the final stages of the UnLtd Big Venture Challenge – a competition to reward 25 social entrepreneurs in the UK and boost investment in the sector.

The 50 best back-to-school buys

From Gruffalo pencils to ergonomic rucksacks, Kate Watson-Smyth unpacks the latest kit for the new term

Improving public finances offer UK a glimmer of hope

The UK's public finances improved in July, official data showed yesterday, providing some cheer for George Osborne, the Chancellor, amid the market turmoil.

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Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
How to turn your mobile phone into easy money

Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes
Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs:

Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs

"I have never regarded anything I have done in "the media" as a proper job"
Lyricist Richard Thomas shares his 11-step recipe for creating a hit West End musical

11-step recipe for creating a West End hit

Richard Thomas, the lyricist behind the Jerry Springer and Anna Nicole Smith operas, explains how Bob Dylan, 'Breaking Bad' and even Noam Chomsky inspired his songbook for the new musical 'Made in Dagenham'
Tonke Dragt's The Letter for the King has finally been translated into English ... 50 years on

Buried treasure: The Letter for the King

The coming-of-age tale about a boy and his mission to save a mythical kingdom has sold a million copies since it was written by an eccentric Dutchwoman in 1962. Yet until last year, no one had read it in English
Can instilling a sense of entrepreneurship in pupils have a positive effect on their learning?

The school that means business

Richard Garner heads to Lancashire, where developing the 'dragons' of the future is also helping one community academy to achieve its educational goals
10 best tablets

The world in your pocket: 10 best tablets

They’re thin, they’re light, you can use them for work on the move or keeping entertained
Lutz Pfannenstiel: The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents

Lutz Pfannenstiel interview

The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents
Pete Jenson: Popular Jürgen Klopp can reignite Borussia Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern Munich

Pete Jenson's a Different League

Popular Klopp can reignite Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern
John Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

The use of the British hostage demonstrates once again the militants' skill and originality in conducting a propaganda war, says Patrick Cockburn
The killer instinct: The man who helps students spot potential murderers

The killer instinct

Phil Chalmers travels the US warning students how to spot possible future murderers, but can his contentious methods really stop the bloodshed?
Clothing the gap: A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd

Clothing the gap

A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd
Fall of the Berlin Wall: Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain

The Fall of the Berlin Wall

Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain