25 students have been arrested in California following an undercover police operation which echoes the plot of 21 Jump Street, a Hollywood film in which Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum play young police officers who pose as high school pupils

21 Jump Street: Police arrest 25 students after posing as pupils for entire term

In events that echo TV series and film 21 Jump Street, officers in California posed as high school students to make the drug related arrests

One year on: The President and Mrs Obama observe a minute’s silence for the Sandy Hook massacre

US rocked by latest school gun attack in Colorado as America marks anniversary of Sandy Hook massacre

Colorado police ask why a ‘charming, humble’ teenager became the country’s newest student gunman

Students gather and reunite with their parents at a fast food joint across from Arapahoe High School

Colorado school shooting: Student who wounded two students before killing himself may have had grudge against teacher

One student remains in a serious condition, while another suffered minor injuries

Schools Minister Lord Nash announced he was withdrawing funding from the Discovery New School after it had failed to show sufficient evidence it could improve

Pressure on Government as flagship free school forced to close after inspectors find pupils 'in danger of leaving without being able to read and write properly'

Funding withdrawn for Discovery New School in Crawley after it failed to show evidence it could improve

Australian state announces 'sexting' laws

The new laws make it illegal for sexually explicit material to be shared with third parties without the consent of the original sender

Manorfield Primary School went from an ‘inadequate’ rating to ‘outstanding’ in one year, one of the quickest turnarounds ever seen by inspectors

From fail to world’s best: A lesson from the East End

What can we learn from the remarkable 15-year turnaround at Tower Hamlets’ schools?

Schools guilty of gender stereotyping, researchers claim

Half of state-funded schools in England are paying too little attention to the way gender stereotypes influence subject choices, researchers have claimed.

Babe Didrikson Zaharias excelled in athletics, basketball and golf

Sporting heroes: All-rounder Babe Didrikson Zaharias was one of the greatest

Mildred Didrikson, born in Texas in 1911, claimed to have been given the nickname “Babe” after legendary baseball star Babe Ruth when she hit five home runs as a child. At a time when women were not expected to excel athletically, Babe’s natural talent was immediately evident.

Radio Days: The golden age of AM is long gone but it’s cherished by many Americans

Turning up the voice of America

The warm crackle and hiss of AM radio lives on in the US, and is about to get a boost that could put it back at the heart of communities

Labour MP John Woodcock has written to the Care Quality Commission asking the watchdog to explain why it 'slipped out' the second damaging review

Get well soon, Mr Woodcock. Your bravery should help break the depression taboo

One in four of us gets a kicking from some sort of mental illness at some point

Prime Minister David Cameron meets pupils from Long Jiang Lu Primary School in Chengd

Ditch French and German lessons for Mandarin, says David Cameron as his visit to China draws to a close

PM announces language plan for UK schools on last day of China trip

Schoolgirl dies in Norfolk PE lesson after catching foot on pommel horse

Inquest hears how Trevyn Joslin had a pre-existing neck condition which some staff were not told about – but that this did not contribute to her death

Chinese students excelled in maths and reading, with the Shanghai region winning in both categories

China’s schools might not be the best

We should be wary of looking at these latest Pisa rankings and assuming the Chinese education system is the most impressive in the world

Graham Allen, MP for Nottingham Central, claims that Ofsted has amounted a 'blitzkrieg' on the schools, leaving dedicated teachers demoralised

Nottingham: City where six schools are classed as failing by Ofsted

Nottingham schools have received one of the worst Ofsted reports, leaving teachers and schools demoralised says Nottingham MP 

Michael Gove's A-level reforms are in danger of wrecking government plans to persuade more disadvantaged students to go to university

A-level reforms threaten moves to persuade more disadvantaged students to go to university, says Ucas chief

Mary Curnock Cook cited evidence that more students in state schools were already leaning towards vocational qualifications

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The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

Commons debate highlights growing cross-party consensus on softening UK drugs legislation, unchanged for 43 years
The camera is turned on tabloid editors in Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter'

Gotcha! The camera is turned on tabloid editors

Hugh Grant says Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter' documentary will highlight issues raised by Leveson
Fall of the Berlin Wall: It was thanks to Mikhail Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell

Fall of the Berlin Wall

It was thanks to Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell
Halloween 2014: What makes Ouija boards, demon dolls, and evil clowns so frightening?

What makes ouija boards and demon dolls scary?

Ouija boards, demon dolls, evil children and clowns are all classic tropes of horror, and this year’s Halloween releases feature them all. What makes them so frightening, decade after decade?
A safari in modern Britain: Rose Rouse reveals how her four-year tour of Harlesden taught her as much about the UK as it did about NW10

Rose Rouse's safari in modern Britain

Rouse decided to walk and talk with as many different people as possible in her neighbourhood of Harlesden and her experiences have been published in a new book
Welcome to my world of no smell and odd tastes: How a bike accident left one woman living with unwanted food mash-ups

'My world of no smell and odd tastes'

A head injury from a bicycle accident had the surprising effect of robbing Nell Frizzell of two of her senses

Matt Parker is proud of his square roots

The "stand-up mathematician" is using comedy nights to preach maths to big audiences
Paul Scholes column: Beating Manchester City is vital part of life at Manchester United. This is first major test for Luke Shaw, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao – it’s not a game to lose

Paul Scholes column

Beating City is vital part of life at United. This is first major test for Shaw, Di Maria and Falcao – it’s not a game to lose
Frank Warren: Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing

Frank Warren column

Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing
Adrian Heath interview: Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room

Adrian Heath's American dream...

Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room
Simon Hart: Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manuel Pellegrini’s side are too good to fail and derby allows them to start again, says Simon Hart
Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
How to turn your mobile phone into easy money

Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes