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

Riots: the political battle lines are drawn

David Cameron blames children without fathers and schools without discipline, while Ed Miliband blames bankers and MPs for failing to set a better example for society

Webchat: Mums Half Hour

The panel discuss going back to school, separation anxiety and how to get organised for the new term

Academy seeks to offer degree in troubleshooting

Business troubleshooters, aka company doctors,will be heading back to school if Christine Elliott gets her way. As chief executive of the Institute for Turnaround, Elliott is leading a plan to teach new recruits key skills needed to guide a business through tough times.

The Last Day Of Term, By Francis Gilbert

As a jobbing comprehensive school teacher, Francis Gilbert writes about a world he knows well, while adding a few dark classroom twists involving an expelled student, a chilling letter of accusation and an untimely death.

Cable dismisses tax cut calls as 'voodoo economics'

Business Secretary Vince Cable today dismissed calls for a tax cut to kick-start the stalled economy as "voodoo economics".

Leading article: Focus on what matters

David Cameron's "happiness index" is up and running. Jil Matheson, of the Office for National Statistics, unveiled a national survey on life satisfaction yesterday. It will be used to help assess the impact of future policies on the population's well-being.

Ofsted to make spot checks at schools with unruly pupils

Inspectors will make unannounced visits at schools where problems of pupil indiscipline have been identified.

Pupils making false allegations may face criminal prosecution

Pupils who make malicious accusations against their teachers could face criminal prosecution under new guidance on school discipline issued by the Government.

Opera to open despite row over gay role

Opera North has undertaken a dramatic U-turn over the staging of a controversial opera after accusations of homophobia.

Exam papers 'graded incorrectly'

Headteachers are warning of "serious alarms" over the marking of national curriculum tests for 11-year-olds taken by 600,000 pupils this summer.

Strike hits 11,000 schools

More than 11,000 schools in England have been hit by today's walkout by teachers, Government figures suggest.

Video: Gove "sorry" for strikes

Education Secretary Michael Gove apologises to "hard working families" because some schools will close during Thursday's strikes.

Professor Donna Lamping

Upon graduating with a doctorate in psychology from Harvard in the early 1980s, Donna Lamping, who died on 8 June, made great efforts to convince sceptical doctors of the need to take into account not only the duration of life when evaluating the efficiency of care and chemotherapy, but also pain and the quality of life. At this time, Donna had no idea that 30 years later she herself would be faced with this issue. When Donna developed questionnaires to obtain a measure of pain and discomfort by patients, she did not know that she would one day find herself in the waiting room of a prominent doctor where she would fill out one of said documents as a patient. Here, he would thank her vigorously for her work that helped revolutionise medical practice!

Gove riles heads with strike plea

The Education Secretary, Michael Gove, upset headteachers last night by telling them they had a "moral duty" to keep their schools open during next Thursday's teachers' strike over threats to their pensions.

One in four schools ditches RE lessons

Religious education lessons for 14 to 16-year-olds have been scrapped in one in four schools despite being obligatory.

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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
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The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
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Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

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Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

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A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
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Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

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A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

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A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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