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Leading article:There should be zero tolerance for lame populism

THERE IS no simple answer to the question of how schools should deal with disruptive pupils. In some instances, it is simply impossible to avoid excluding a pupil. In others, an accommodation can be reached. Much depends on the nature of the school. It is clear, however, that exclusion is still used too frequently because of pressure on schools exerted by the Department for Education's league tables - yet another unwelcome by-product of the Government's obsession with targets and tables.

Ministers go to war on class pranksters

Ruth Kelly, the Secretary of State for Education, will declare war on classroom pranksters and persistent attention-seekers in a speech on school discipline on Tuesday. She will urge schools to show "zero tolerance" even towards low-level classroom disruption in a speech to a north of England education conference.

Leading article: Parent power can't cure all

In her first speech as Education Secretary, Ruth Kelly made clear that she intends to position herself as the parents' champion in education.

School duties

Ruth Kelly: Brown ally takes over Education

The new education secretary

Minister stands up to Blair over benefit cuts

Tony Blair has become locked in a dispute with the newest member of his Cabinet over welfare payments to the sick and disabled.

From hack to MP: a blurring of the line

Is a journalist who becomes an MP - the ambition of Michael Gove of 'The Times' - really gaining that much power?

Kelly warns pension providers must give value for money

Providers of low-cost pensions and savings should not levy the maximum annual charge of 1.5 per cent unless they can prove they are offering advice about the products, the Government said yesterday.

Ruth Kelly MP: 'I don't have the choice of taking red boxes home. I have four children, and they want their mum'

The Monday Interview: Financial Secretary to the Treasury

Kelly washed her hands of Equitable woes, say MPs

Lord Penrose yesterday threw the door open to Parliament to decide whether Equitable Life policyholders should be due compensation, as MPs rounded on Ruth Kelly for her "callous" treatment of his findings and "washing her hands" of policyholders' troubles.

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Refugee crisis: David Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia - will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi?

Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia...

But will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi, asks Robert Fisk
Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

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Joe Biden's 'tease tour': Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?

Joe Biden's 'tease tour'

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Britain's 24-hour culture: With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever

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Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
Who is Oliver Bonas and how has he captured middle-class hearts?

Who is Oliver Bonas?

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Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

60 years of Scalextric

Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones
Theme parks continue to draw in thrill-seekers despite the risks - so why are we so addicted?

Why are we addicted to theme parks?

Now that Banksy has unveiled his own dystopian version, Christopher Beanland considers the ups and downs of our endless quest for amusement
Tourism in Iran: The country will soon be opening up again after years of isolation

Iran is opening up again to tourists

After years of isolation, Iran is reopening its embassies abroad. Soon, there'll be the chance for the adventurous to holiday there
10 best PS4 games

10 best PS4 games

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