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A Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) has been charged with rape, blackmail and misconduct in a public office.

Businesses shun education zones

EDUCATION ACTION zones, to be backed by the Prime Minister today as "testbeds of radical ideas", have raised less than a third of the pounds 19m they need from private companies.

High standards in poor streets

Newham schools face some of the toughest social problems in the country, but Ofsted is delighted with the progress its council has made.

Five-term year for schools

THE TRADITIONAL school year could be swept away for tens of thousands of schoolchildren, it emerged last night. The change, under proposals drawn up by local-authority leaders, would see autumn, spring and summer terms replaced by a five-term year.

The true cost of Christmas

Easy credit, children with ever-higher expectations - all this and the general desire to splurge over the festive season can mean financial misery. Paul Slade sounds a warning

Education: Hard lesson in the price of studying

Education: Whitehall is on a mission to place an extra 700,000 students in college, and is backing its drive with cash

Buddy, can you spare some time?

Give time, not money. Comic Relief's founder wants us all to donate a few hours of our week to others. By Yvonne Roberts

CHILDREN: WHAT TO DO TODAY IN LONDON

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Ministers act to cut school exclusions

MINISTERS yesterday pro-mised to stop schools excluding too many pupils as they produced a new report showing big variations in exclusion rates.

Law Report: Authority could not claim absolute privilege

S v London Borough of Newham; Court of Appeal (Lord Woolf, Master of the Rolls, Lady Justice Butler-Sloss and Lord Justice Chadwick) 24 February 1998

Fertility: How clinics rate in births league

One test-tube baby clinic had a zero success rate last year. In another, almost 30 per cent of treatments resulted in a live birth. Jeremy Laurance, Health Editor, examines the reasons for the gulf between the best and the worst.

Woman's Football: Coultard plays girls' guide

Andrew Baker fears the women of England will need to raise their standard

The EastEnder's electronic friend

A council in Newham, east London, has set up multimedia kiosks to help residents find out about services. Milly Jenkins reports

Bedrooms on the hard shoulder of a motorway: welcome to the homes from hell

Families take historic stand against council for withdrawing protection against noise pollution

Labour cattiness greeted by chorus of jeers

Seven "vindictive" Labour MPs who called on Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, the multi-millionaire composer, to fulfil his so-called promise to quit Britain if Labour wins the general election, came under fire from Conservatives last night.
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