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

Teachers to be trained on the job

Teachers will be trained on the job in the classroom under a radical shake-up of training to be announced by the Government.

Video: Teachers to strike

Thousands of schools in England and Wales are set to be disrupted when teachers walkout over a continuing row over pensions.

Grayling hits back at critics of new college

Professor AC Grayling today hits back against claims that his new private university, which will charge students £18,000 a year, will open the floodgates to the privatisation of higher education. Writing in The Independent, he insists his project is not the "enemy" of state-funded higher education. Instead, he says existing universities have been going down the route of "part-privatisation" for years by charging foreign students high fees for places which could have gone to UK students.

Happy birthday to you, Nyenrode Business University

Enjoy Nyenrode’s anniversary celebrations by gaining a Masters scholarship, says Russ Thorne

Profile: Professor Zeger Degraeve

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Ofsted hits out at weak vocational courses

Students are being awarded top grades on weak vocational courses that leave them with little knowledge of business, inspectors warned today.

Forces children feel the strain

Armed services children are struggling to fulfil their potential in school and many suffer emotionally when a parent is sent to a trouble spot, inspectors have warned. They also have to repeat topics as they move from school to school, which can be frustrating, the inspectors said.

Academic at LSE in race row

Student leaders have demanded the sacking of an academic over an article in which he said black women were less attractive than other races.

Milly Dowler's mother sobs in witness box

Milly Dowler's mother collapsed in tears today after being questioned about her daughter's last few days.

The Wall, 02 Arena, London

There's a weird, paradoxical moment right at the end of Roger Waters' epic staging of The Wall, when the musicians perform the final song on acoustic instruments in front of the tumbled bricks. It obviously represents a reaffirmation of simple, intimate human values in the face of massive information media onslaught – ie exactly the kind of spectacle to which we have just been subjected. This is surely the most indulgently self-defeating show ever staged.

Nine out of 10 Free School applications fail to pass first test

Ministers have have been forced to turn down nearly nine out of 10 applications to set up new schools as part of the Government's flagship education scheme.

Call to end 'child protection red tape'

Local child protection services should be freed from central government red tape to allow them to focus on the needs of children, an independent review recommends today.

Employers 'forced' to teach literacy

Almost half the country's employers are having to put on remedial lessons for school leavers because they lack basic skills, a survey has found.

David Flatman: Nightmare on legs, gladiator of old school

From the Front Row: Grewcock has a reputation as troublemaker but he retires as the most honest man in the game

Ten per cent of heads attacked by parents

More than one in 10 headteachers has been attacked by a parent of a pupil at their school, according to figures released today.

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