News The reports suggests primary school teachers should be coached to give their pupils basic knowledge of how the employment world works

Children should be given lessons in careers whilst at primary school as part of an attempt to promote “employability” in schools, says a report out today.

Figures to be published by Labour show that the average weekly cost of 25 hours of nursery care in England rose from £82 in 2010 to £107 in 2013

School days from 8am to 6pm? Labour pledges new childcare guarantee

Ed Miliband will open a new front in his campaign over the “cost of living crisis” on Monday, pledging more help with childcare if Labour wins power.

Manchester United and England defender Phil Jones speaks to journalists after training at Arsenal's London Colney training ground

England v Chile: Phil Jones prepared to keep his body on the line for Manchester United and England - even if it means getting hurt

The Manchester United defender could be handed another chance to impress in Friday's international friendly at Wembley

Fatialofa cools off under a waterfall in the run-up to a game against a touring Wales side in 1994

Peter Fatialofa: Sportsman who led Samoa to victory over Wales and on to the quarter-finals of the 1991 World Cup

The rugby union player Peter Fatialofa was a prop forward who captained Samoa at the 1991 World Cup and helped craft an image of Samoan rugby which mixed physical prowess with gentleness and humility. The Samoans beat Wales on their home ground at Cardiff to qualify for the World Cup quarter-finals, a victory which remains one of the most significant achieved by a team from the Pacific Islands.

Educators call for reform in how programming is taught in schools

One survey found that 54 per cent of teachers felt their students knew more about ICT than they did

John Major's comments on privilege are all very well – but was he asleep for Blair's decade in office?

“Education, education, education” wasn’t just the crappest tricolon ever

Book review: The Pure Gold Baby, by Margaret Drabble

Mother love: Drabble does not shy away from the question of dependency

Homophobic bullying still rife in schools for pupils AND teachers, says charity founder

Gay teachers told to keep quiet about sexuality because 'lifestyle choice' does not fit with school ethos, he says

A friend of Andy Coulson’s who met Rebekah Brooks on holiday in 2002 said she rarely switched off her phone

Phone hacking trial: Rebekah Brooks ‘phoned NOTW about missing schoolgirl’

Court hears how Ms Brooks rarely switched off her mobile during a holiday to Dubai at the height of the hunt for Milly Dowler

Projected 9.6 million rise in the population would mean an increase bigger than the current 8.3 million population of London

UK population will soar by nearly '10 million by 2037 with immigration attributed to projected increase

Sharp rise in the projected number of people aged 80 and over in next 25 years

Donald Macintyre’s Sketch: Rachel Reeves is riveting – compared with IDS that is

Esther McVey all  but ran to the dispatch box, like a schoolgirl  late for class

The sad tale of the lollipop man who was told he couldn't high-five anymore

A crossing patrol with whom a child interacts every day becomes a benign, trusted authority figure in his or her life

High-fiving Plymouth lollipop man quits after row with local council

Parents outraged at lollipop man being threatened with suspension

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They came, they saw, they conkered: Briton triumphs at World Conker Championships

Despite fierce foreign competition, Sam Masters sees a British triumph at the World Conker Championships

Michael Gove's controversial adviser Dominic Cummings is to quit his job

Free school headmistress with no qualifications quits after four weeks

27-year old Annaliese Briggs resigns her position in charge of Pimlico Primary after a month

Schoolboy stuck in Adu Dhabi for 18 months due to fear of flying finally arrives back home - thanks to hypnotherapy

British 12-year-old finally flies home after phobia traps him in UAE

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