Trevor Fisher: 'Stop playing politics with the school curriculum'

The Government says it's cracking down on 'soft' exam subjects. But the emphasis on league tables also pressures schools to make the wrong choices, argues Trevor Fisher

Steve Connor: Echoes of climate change battles are no accident

There are striking parallels between the attempt by the tobacco industry to seek academic research data held by Stirling University using the Freedom of Information law and the campaign to gain access to research data held by the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia.

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David Cameron rejects claim politicians' behaviour was to blame for riots

David Cameron and Ed Miliband clashed yesterday over whether the behaviour of politicians and bankers may have played a part in provoking this month's riots.

Harriet Walker: Leave dressing up for real life

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Riots stoked by mistrust of politicians, says report

Lack of trust in politicians was a significant factor behind the riots that erupted in England this month, according to a major academic research project.

Virginia Ironside: Dilemmas

Dear Virginia, I've had a relationship with a man for a year. It's been on-off, and from the start he said he really wanted a younger woman who could give him children. He's even confided with me about suitable candidates. But he always said he loves me and if I weren't too old to have children, he'd marry me. Now he's found someone else and he wants me to be at the wedding. Part of me wants to go and cheer him on, because he's partly like a son to me. Part of me wants to go and create a scene, because I do love him. And part of me doesn't want to go because it hurts. What should I do? Yours sincerely, Catherine

Gregor Muir: 'Sorting out the ICA is without question a challenge...'

Gregor Muir tells Rob Sharp how he plans to reinvent the venue after Ekow Eshun's tenure – and why private backers are his top priority

Jean Hartley: Co-founder of the Marvell Press and publisher of Philip Larkin's first major collection

Jean Hartley was the publisher, with her husband George, of Philip Larkin's first mature volume of poems, The Less Deceived (1955). But her autobiography, Philip Larkin, the Marvell Press and Me (1989), earns her a place in literary history in her own right, with its elegant account of her wartime childhood and subsequent escape from a "cosy", inward-looking working-class culture through the new educational opportunities of the 1950s and 1960s.

Julian Knight: An accidental gap year could be just what students need

Thousands of students are going to find themselves taking what I call an "accidental gap year"; namely they were set to go to university but there was no place for them this year.

48 Hours: Toronto

With an international film festival and all-night art event on the agenda, this alluring Canadian city has stellar appeal, says <b>Cathy Winston</b>

Who said university's like a holiday camp? Beds crisis sees students sent to Pontin's

A crisis in accommodation has prompted one university to urge students to defer entry for a year and another to put them up at a Pontin's holiday camp.

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

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La Famille Bélier is being touted as this year's Amelie - so why are many in the deaf community outraged by it?

Deaf community outraged by La Famille Bélier

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Expert calls for military mental health 'quality mark'
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Stuff your own Christmas mouse ornament

An evening class in taxidermy with a festive feel
Joint Enterprise: The legal doctrine which critics say has caused hundreds of miscarriages of justice

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The legal doctrine which critics say has caused hundreds of miscarriages of justice
Freud and Eros: Love, Lust and Longing at the Freud Museum: Objects of Desire

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Love, Lust and Longing at the Freud Museum
France's Front National and the fear of a ‘gay lobby’ around Marine Le Pen

Front National fear of ‘gay lobby’

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'Enhanced interrogation techniques?' When language is distorted to hide state crimes

Robert Fisk on the CIA 'torture report'

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Radio 1 to mediate between the Swifties and Azaleans

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'It's life, and not the Forces, that gets you'

Homeless Veterans appeal: 'It's life, and not the Forces, that gets you'

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Torture: It didn't work then, it doesn't work now

Torture: It didn't work then, it doesn't work now

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Rebranding Christmas: More public bodies are refusing to give the festival its name for fear of causing offence

Rebranding Christmas

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