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French Sole is celebrating 25 years with its first non-London store – it’s time to slip in to spring, says Rebecca Gonsalves

New Zealand school bans playground rules and sees less bullying and vandalism

Teachers say children at Swanson Primary School were better behaved when typical playground rules were banished

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon (centre) welcomes delegates hoping to bring an end to Syria’s civil war to the Montreux Palace Hotel in Switzerland

Geneva talks: Give Syrians a voice

The peace talks are offering a way out of a vicious cycle, and it is one of the very few hopes for the vast majority of Syrians who reject extremism

The science of sleep: This is why you're tired on Monday mornings

Sorry to say - it's the weekend lie-ins and the drinking

Does a master's degree make you any more employable?

As the possibility of unemployment looms for many, more than 500,000 each year choose to pursue further study in the form of a postgraduate taught programme such as a master's. The motivation behind this decision is often related to belief that a higher-level qualification will result in a better job. But does the CV addition of an MA, MBA or MSc actually improve employment prospects?

Missing Megan Roberts: Fears for York student grow as police focus hunt on river

The father of Claudia Lawrence, the university chef who went missing in York in 2009, expresses concern

Coronation Street actor William Roache arrives at Preston Crown Court

William Roache trial: Coronation Street actor has 'no memory' of any of women making allegations against him

Coronation Street star Bill Roache yesterday denied ever meeting the five women who accuse him of rape and sexual assault, telling a court that he had cheated on his first wife in the 1960s in “a series of small relationships” but that he was not a paedophile.

Five bedroom semi detached house for sale in Wester Coates Terrace, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH12, on with CKD Galbraith at a guide price of £895,000

Buying in the best catchment areas can be more expensive than sending children to private school

"This is not about ‘good schools’ and ‘bad schools’ but about our failure to tackle disadvantage effectively."

Teachers at one of Michael Gove's flagship free schools are staging a series of walkouts
Dr Andrew Davis claims rival camps in the debate over how to teach children to read are acting like 'religious fundamentalists'

Government policy to force strong readers in schools to learn phonics is 'a form of abuse', claims leading educator

Children who are fluent readers are being damaged by the Government’s insistence on using synthetic phonics in the classroom, a leading academic warns today.

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: David Cameron, the red-tape crusader

Demonstrating his credentials as the sworn enemy of red tape, David Cameron explained: “I go to European Council after European Council, where I have a reputation for being incredibly boring by going on and on... about deregulation.” On Monday he decided to branch out and make an incredibly boring speech about deregulation in London instead.

Michael Gove should be sticking by Ofsted

It was a Conservative government that introduced a national curriculum and Ofsted

The home of the TV weatherman has been raided by police as part of an investigation into historic sexual abuse

Weatherman Fred Talbot charged with sex offences by Manchester police

Fred Talbot faces 9 charges of incident assault and one serious sexual assault

A range of training options to help you get into teaching

Those hoping for a career in the classroom have various routes available – with plenty of practical experience along the way

Thierry Henry has admitted he does not like social media sites such as Twitter and Instagram and has no plans to join them

'I don’t like Twitter, I don’t like Instagram' - but why does Arsenal legend Thierry Henry disapprove of social media?

The former Gunners' striker says there  is a 'minus 120%' of him joining social media after he admits he is happy in his 'old school' ways

Staffordshire University could be about to move out of Stafford

Staffordshire University could be on the verge of moving out of Stafford, taking 7,000 students and 518 members of staff with it.

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Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
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Sarah Lucas has filled the British pavilion at the Venice Biennale with slinky cats and casts of her female friends' private parts. It makes you proud to be a woman, says Karen Wright
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Ashes 2015: Test series looks a lost cause for England... whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket

Ashes series looks a lost cause for England...

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Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
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