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One minute he was a humble punter trying to peek up Debbie Harry's skirt at a Hammersmith Odeon gig, the next he was the owner of the venue which was to steal the Odeon's crown. If Simon Parkes' autobiography – full of raucous tales and Geezer-speak – is ever made into a film, it will be fun trying to find an actor who can do him justice. When he wants to sound hard, he can sometimes come across like Ray Winstone. But would Ray Winstone ever have banked at Coutts?

Loudmilla Joseph

G8 summit: 'I want them to make sure there is enough food'

Sarah Morrison speaks to eight eight-year-olds around the world to find out what they want of the powerbrokers

Yasmin Prest, who will get a final answer from the courts this week

A fair split, or a 'charter for cheats'? Supreme Court to rule in landmark divorce case

Terri Judd reports on a mega-rich divorce case with far-reaching repercussians for UK courts

Liverpool College pupils playing rounders

Private college cuts its old-school ties

A fee-paying institution in Liverpool is the latest to become an academy

Malorie Blackman is the new Children’s Laureate

On your bikes, royalist modernisers

Forget the Dutch model, we like our royals remote. Plus: why private schools do better, and missing the point of fiction

James Caan

'Don't help your children find a job,' says social mobility tsar James Caan - the man who employed his own daughters

Entrepreneur and former Dragons' Den star said parents should allow their children at least a year to try to find work unaided

Carole King, singer-songwriter

Page 3 Profile: Carole King, singer-songwriter

Blazing a trail?

One of the country's leading headteachers is to accuse Education Secretary Michael Gove of “chickening out” of bringing back a return to grammar schools

Leading headteacher: Michael Gove 'chickening out' on return of grammar schools

One of the country's leading headteachers is to accuse Education Secretary Michael Gove of “chickening out” of bringing back a return to grammar schools.

Unity Academy was one of the first three academies to be set up under Labour’s programme a decade ago

How a Labour government could help our schools

More organisations should be invited to to take on a role in state-school improvement

Corpus Christi College in Oxford

Oxford 'commoners' jibe may be a one-off, but it belies a deeper truth about the university's commitment to access

How to get the commoners in? That’s the question Oxford University spends £11m every year trying to answer - £3m annually on outreach activities in schools and sixth-form colleges, in addition to the £8m it spends on bursaries for needy students, the most generous system of undergraduate support for low-income students in the UK.

Clever Girl, By Tessa Hadley

High culture and low life embrace in a novel of youthful promise foiled by maternal bonds

GCSE and A-Level grading this summer could be as chaotic as last year because quality of marking is still poor, leading school heads warn

School headmaster says major issue of shoddy marking needs to be tackled

'I don't have to worry about the homework battle'

Linda Taylor lives in London but her 16-year-old daughter, Sky, has attended the state boarding school Hockerill Anglo-European College in Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, since she was 11.

Lauryn Nwaeze, 16, is completing her GSCEs at Harefield Academy and moved to the boarding house at the school in September

Academies and free schools in rush to open state-funded boarding schools

Children from less privileged backgrounds could benefit from surge in applications

Michael Gove who launched a scathing attack on the infantilisation of history teaching which is encouraging youngsters to study historical figures through Disney and Mister Men stories

Michael Gove attacks 'infantilisation' of school curriculum which encourages pupils to compare Nazis to Mr Men

Education Secretary faces growing opposition to his reforms

Even elite schools such as Eton have schemes to help less wealthy parents

Swot up on how to pay school fees

Education costs are soaring but bursars and product providers have new schemes that may help

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