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Those who sold today made a paper profit of £356 on their original £750 outlay - a 48 per cent rise

The way schools are being ranked is to be scrapped by ministers

Controversial GCSE ranking system to be overhauled

Schools will be ranked on pupils' best eight GCSEs in future

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Labour has forced its new public health spokeswoman, Luciana Berger, to renounce her views on homeopathy.

Public sector workers in some parts of Britain are earning up to £3,200 a year more than their private sector neighbours

Mind the pay gap: Does new research spell the end for one nation government salaries?

While public servants in the North are better paid than their private-sector neighbours, the exact opposite is true in London

MPs have voiced fresh concern that the Government's controversial privatisation of the Royal Mail

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An Early Day Motion has been tabled in Parliament calling on the Coalition to review its decision

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Riots broke out in Rio de Janeiro after a demonstration by Brazilian teachers turned violent. Masked protesters hurled rocks and fire bombs at police, while others looted from banks and broke into government buildings.

Scottish videogame trade body emerges following GTA 5's success

Scotland boasts around 100 games development studios with the sector seen as important to the country's economy

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Royal Mail sale set for resounding success as demand soars

The £3 billion privatisation of Royal Mail looks set for success next week as the banks leading the share offer today pushed the likely price towards the top of the original range.

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Conservative Party conference: Eric Pickles claims Labour-Lib Dem coalition would mean three-day electricity blackouts, votes for prisoners and soaring taxes

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