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

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Half of pupils on free school meals can't read

Nearly half the 11-year-olds on free school meals cannot read or add up properly by the time they leave primary school, according to figures released yesterday.

Nicky Campbell: Don't talk to me about the West Kent Hunt

The first time it happened, it was one of those feelings where your whole life goes before you; a chill, almost like death inside. I couldn't believe I'd said it – such a taboo word.

Promethean shares plunge as schools budgets are cut back

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Police warn schoolchildren over tuition fee protests

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Prime Minister unveils 'happiness index'

David Cameron launched his "happiness index" yesterday as he announced that the Government would measure people's quality of life as well as economic growth. From April, the Office for National Statistics will seek to establish the key areas that matter most to people's wellbeing – such as health, levels of education, inequalities in income and the environment.

Cameron defends wellbeing measure

Measuring the nation's "wellbeing" as well as its wealth will make it easier for the Government to help British people attain "the good life", David Cameron said today.

Richard Garner: Return of blazers and ties is a neat way for schools to smarten up their act

You might have guessed it would be a Conservative Education Secretary that thought up the idea of calling for a return to the era of the old school tie in schools. But it might not be the patrician move that you think it to be.

Half of teachers fail to make the grade

Half of the teachers in secondary schools and more than four out of 10 in primaries are "simply not good enough", the chief schools inspector Christine Gilbert said yesterday.

GCSEs to punish poor spelling

For seven years, spelling, punctuation and grammar have been deemed less than essential in GCSE exams, but under rules set to be outlined in an education White Paper next week, pupils will lose as much as five cent of their marks in all subjects if they fall short with their written English.

Rupture, By Simon Lelic

When a history teacher, Samuel Szajkowski, shoots three pupils dead during a school assembly before turning the gun on himself, it seems clear that he must be some kind of psychopath.

Mary Dejevsky: A nation's success is defined by much more than its GDP

If I were a French politician, I would demand an apology from the US and Britain for the self-righteous lectures about economic growth they delivered during their credit-fuelled boom

Headteachers 'avoid Ofsted seeing worst pupils'

Headteachers are hiding unruly pupils from Ofsted inspectors to stop their school being labelled as badly behaved, a cross-party group of MPs heard today.

Gove to double the number of 'superheads'

An army of "superheads" will scour the country spreading their educational prowess to struggling state schools, under plans announced by the Education Secretary, Michael Gove. He said the number of heads helping to tackle under-performance will be more than doubled.

Allow pupils 'to be more carefree'

UK schoolchildren live in an "age of anxiety" and should be allowed to adopt a more "carefree" attitude towards life, a headteachers' leader said yesterday.

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