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

Up to 17,000 jobs to go in schools

Schools will have to make up to 17,000 staff redundant as they struggle to cope with budget cuts, headteachers warn.

Pupil numbers fall at independent schools

The number of pupils attending independent schools has fallen by more than 5,000 in the past year, official figures show.

Anger at pupils' exclusion brings brutal assaults on headteachers

Ten per cent of headteachers have been assaulted by a parent or carer during the past five years, according to figures to be disclosed later this week.

Schools ranked on how poorer students perform

Schools are to be ranked in future on how well their disadvantaged pupils perform in exams.

Headteachers 'must publish salary'

Headteachers today faced calls to publish their salaries amid concerns that increasing numbers are earning six-figure sums.

Government borrowing falls below OBR forecast

The Government borrowed nearly £5bn less than expected over the past year, but a raft of data yesterday laid bare the parlous state of the country's finances, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Video: Gun incident at US primary school

A six-year-old and two classmates were injured after the child brought a handgun to school.

Ofsted should be split in two, say MPs

Schools watchdog Ofsted has become unwieldy and must be split in two, MPs warned today.

Business Diary: Deposed LSE director hits back

Sir Howard Davies, the London School of Economics director forced to step down following the Libyan crisis this month, is phlegmatic about his downfall in a column in April's issue of Management Today. Still, he couldn't resist a few barbs at those journalists who had written unpleasant things about his woes. "What do I think of the media?" he writes. "Well, they are part of the flora and fauna of British life, I suppose. They have a job to do, like ticket touts at Stamford Bridge or men in braces in the City."

Truancy soars in primary schools

Truancy in England's state primary schools reached record levels last year, official figures show.

On The Road: My daughter skis like a pro after 48 hours – but I'm in a crumpled heap

"You OK, Mum?" my daughter asks as she glides past my crumpled mess halfway down the Plan des Eaux.

David Goodhart: Labour can have its own coalition too

A group called Blue Labour want to combine social conservatism with leftist economics

Video: School bus crashes in Chesterfield

Several children have been injured after a school bus crashed into a low railway bridge in Chesterfield.

A Day That Shook The World: Aberfan slag heap buries school

On 21 October 1966, a generation of schoolchildren from the Welsh mining village of Aberfan was wiped out in one of the worst mining disasters in British history, when a slagheap slid down a hill into the valley below.

US school buses hit profits at FirstGroup

Robust trading on UK buses and trains failed to boost FirstGroup yesterday after the transport giant revealed more pressure at its US school bus arm.

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Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable
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Depicting early-onset Alzheimer's, the film 'Still Alice' had a profound effect on Joy Watson, who lives with the illness. She tells Kate Hilpern how she's coped with the diagnosis
The Internet of Things: Meet the British salesman who gave real-world items a virtual life

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British salesman Kevin Ashton gave real-world items a virtual life
Election 2015: Latest polling reveals Tories and Labour on course to win the same number of seats - with the SNP holding the balance of power

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Audiences queue up for 'true stories told live' as cult competition The Moth goes global

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The non-profit 'slam storytelling' competition was founded in 1997 by the novelist George Dawes Green and has seen Malcolm Gladwell, Salman Rushdie and Molly Ringwald all take their turn at the mic