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A top-performing state school can add up to £77,000 to the value of a house within its catchment area, according to new research, with the cost of properties near the 50 best-performing state schools 35 per cent higher than in the rest of the UK.
The clean-up is well under way on the damaged streets. Now, it’s time to count the cost of four days of lawlessness and destruction
Senior politicians from all political parties were scrabbling to cancel their holiday plans and find return flights to London yesterday in time for a symbolic emergency debate in the House of Commons on the London riots.
Bakery chain Greggs said one of its stores was destroyed by fire, another looted and a delivery driver assaulted during last night's riots.
Fresh from her Mercury Prize nomination in the morning, Katy B bounds on to the stage.
With a year to go before Britain's most ambitious sporting extravaganza London 2012 is on track and under budget, but for Lord Coe this is no time for complacency. Alan Hubbard meets Lord Coe
Aliens in genre-blending film invade Peckham... then think again
A woman who repeatedly turned up at the home of Premier League footballer Rio Ferdinand was convicted today of harassment.
After a long career, the radical bluestocking made it to the top job – but only for 137 days. She talks about challenges, personal and political. Brian Brady meets Harriet Harman
A group of young, predominantly black young people are sitting in a semi-circle debating the strengths and weaknesses of a film script about a fictional girl gang, set amid the seedy tower blocks of East London's under-class.
Last year, Bola Agbaje invited Gordon Brown to come and see her play. It would, she said in her letter, help him understand what makes Britain's young black population tick, get to the bottom of knife crime, take a look inside the head beneath the hoodie. Bold claims for her first ever attempt at a script, but Gone Too Far! lived up to her hype. Fast, furious and very funny, the tale of two brothers – one brought up in London, the other in Nigeria – making their way through their estate to buy a pint of milk, with petty fights and street dancing along the way, had critics lining up to anoint her as the brightest, sparkiest new dramatic voice on the block. Another successful graduate of the Royal Court's young writers' course (along with Polly Stenham), Agbaje picked up an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement, a nomination for Most Promising Playwright at the Evening Standard Awards and the chance to make her debut play into a film.
A clutch of regular winners swept aside the early bleak conditions on the second day of Skandia Cowes Week to add more victories yesterday to those of the opening day on Saturday. A clutch of regular winners swept aside the early bleak conditions for the second day of Skandia Cowes Week to add victories again yesterday to the opening day on Saturday.
"I can watch a whole week's worth of Come Dine With Me in one sitting"
So far, 18 teenagers have been murdered in the capital this year. Now, though, the city's youngsters are uniting against the violence. Ben Kinsella and Shakilus Townsend are the latest to die, but the dignified defiance of their families and friends is an inspiration. Cole Moreton on their determination to deliver good from evil
As part of its campaign to 'Get London Reading', Booktrust is paying homage to the capital's inspiring locations. By Arifa Akbar