Council calls for bigger infant classes

The Education Secretary Michael Gove is coming under pressure to raise class sizes for five-year-olds as a result of the public spending squeeze and a rise in the birth rate.

Call for crackdown on metal thefts

The surge in "shameless" thefts of war memorials is being fuelled by lax scrap metal regulation, town hall chiefs warned today.

More parents hiring private tutors in hard times

Growing numbers of parents are hiring private tutors to help their children through exams despite the recession, according to research published today.

Pole charged with Jersey murders

A man was charged yesterday with the murders of six people, including his wife and two children in Jersey.

Jersey killings subject 'improving'

The medical condition of a 30-year-old Polish man suspected of knifing to death six people on Jersey, including three young children, is improving, police have disclosed.

Final Jersey stab victims named

The last two victims of the Jersey massacre have been formally identified by police.

Four Jersey massacre victims named

Four victims of the Jersey massacre were formally identified by police today as members of the two families involved said they were "grateful and extremely touched" by the support they have received from the community.

Jersey massacre children died of stabbing

Post-mortem examinations on two of the young children killed in the Jersey massacre have found they died of stab wounds.

Mothers killed in Jersey became friends after marriages failed

Details emerge of one victim's troubled relationship after stabbing that left six dead

Six killed including children in Jersey knife attack

The suspected knifeman behind the Jersey massacre had been suicidal over the breakdown of his marriage before the killings of six people including his children, neighbours believe.

Six die in Jersey knife attack

A sixth person has died in hospital following a knife attack on Jersey, police said.

On the rap sheet: 'looter' who pocketed £1, and a suspect caught with an empty box

As those arrested appear in court for their moment of shame, Matt Blake highlights the cases that redefine petty crime

Heads target free school meals as route to extra funds

Low-income parents encouraged to sign up their children to trigger pupil premium payments

Paul Vallely: Disdain for learning is a costly flaw

While a handful of schools take the lion's share of Oxbridge places, lack of motivation and money exclude many

Tomlinson death officer in court

A scotland Yard officer was due to appear in court today accused of killing Ian Tomlinson at the G20 protests.

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