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  1. February 17, 2010

    Jobcentres struggled with rise in seekers, says study

    Jobcentre staff handling last year's surge in unemployment were under-trained, overstretched and worked with "contradictory"...

  2. February 16, 2010

    Jobcentre study reveals hidden failings

    Jobcentre staff handling last year’s surge in unemployment were under-trained, overstretched and worked with “contradictory”...

  1. December 15, 2009

    ‘Radical’ welfare shake-up to be unveiled

    More powers for jobcentre staff, a review of employment schemes for the sick and new curbs on London housing claims will be...

  2. December 15, 2009

    'Radical' welfare shake-up to be unveiled

    More powers for jobcentre staff, a review of employment schemes for the sick and new curbs on London housing claims will be...

  3. December 2, 2009

    Jobcentres to be career service for all

    Britain should fling open the doors of Jobcentres to people already in work, arm jobseekers with laptops and personal...

  4. December 2, 2009

    Jobcentres to be career service for all

    Britain should fling open the doors of Jobcentres to people already in work, arm jobseekers with personal websites and give...

  5. October 26, 2009

    Vital that second phase of welfare-to-work goes ahead

    From Jim Knight MP. Sir, I am writing with regards to your report “Tories issue threat on welfare-to-work contracts”...

  6. October 1, 2009

    Conference diary

    Dream on *In 1997 New Labour was ushered into power with the theme tune "Things Can Only Get Better", an upbeat melody...

  7. September 30, 2009

    Jobless forecast cut by ministers

    Ministers have slashed forecasts for the number of people likely to need help from the government’s flagship long-term...

  8. September 16, 2009

    UK jobless rises to highest since 1995

    The number of people out of work rose 210,000 to 2.47m in the three months to July, the highest level since 1995,...

  9. August 24, 2009

    Lockerbie decision was 'Scottish'

    The government attempted to distance itself yesterday from the escalating international row over Scotland's freeing of the...

  10. August 23, 2009

    Labour divided ahead of Lockerbie debate

    Opposition MSPs appeared to be divided over the Scottish government’s decision to free the Lockerbie bomber ahead of a...

  11. July 16, 2009

    Biggest rise in job losses since 1971

    Unemployment rose by 281,000 to a 13-year high of 2.38m in the three months to May, the largest quarterly increase since...

  12. July 16, 2009

    Biggest rise in job losses on record

    Britain's unemployment rose to a 13-year high in the three months to May, recording its largest quarterly increase since...

  13. July 16, 2009

    Number of unemployed in Britain increases to 13-year high of 2.4m

    The number of people unemployed in Britain rose by 281,000 to a 13-year high of 2.38m in the three months to May, the...

  14. Westminster Blog

    June 5, 2009

    The reshuffle

    1800 Our hunch about Hoon seems to be correct. He is not a rebel. Instead there are plans afoot to give him a job in the EU...

  15. Westminster Blog

    May 25, 2009

    The MP's husband who offered tax advice to MPs

    Prepare yourself for a new MP expenses story; this time about Dennis Bates, an accountant who is married to Labour MP Meg...

  16. April 27, 2009

    Minister brushes aside attacks on latest school diplomas

    Ministers pledged to press ahead with plans to introduce new academic diplomas in schools within two years yesterday in the...

  17. April 27, 2009

    Minister brushes off attacks on new diplomas

    Ministers pledged to press ahead with plans to introduce new academic diplomas in schools within two years on Sunday in the...

  18. April 22, 2009

    Ministers under fire for inquiry evidence

    Evidence provided by education ministers to an official inquiry was “fiction”, the former head of Whitehall’s qualifications...

  19. March 11, 2009

    Experts question fast-track plan for teachers

    Education experts have greeted ministers’ plans for a special fast track into teaching for “outstanding” high fliers from...

  20. March 11, 2009

    Fast-track plan for teachers

    Education experts have given a largely sceptical response to ministers' plans for a special fast track into teaching for...

  21. February 24, 2009

    Academy chiefs hit out at education bill

    Academy heads “are seriously questioning the long-term sustainability” of the government’s flagship education programme....

  22. February 24, 2009

    Academy chiefs hit out at 'disturbing' education bill

    Academy heads "are seriously questioning the long-term sustainability" of the government's flagship education programme....

  23. February 4, 2009

    Schools to benefit from apprentice plan

    Thousands of teenagers could be helping teach children and run facilities in state schools and nurseries within two years...

  24. January 31, 2009

    Economy may force private schools to turn to state

    The credit crunch may make more private schools apply to be academies, the British minister in charge of the high-profile...

  25. January 26, 2009

    Able pupils poorly served by diplomas, say teachers

    Just one-fifth of teachers think ministers' flagship new diploma qualification is "suitable" for pupils who want to go to...

  26. January 21, 2009

    Schools plan has 'small' effect on pupils

    The firm charged with evaluating the government's multi-billion pound school buildings programme has concluded that higher...

  27. January 21, 2009

    Schools plan has ‘small’ effect on pupils

    The firm charged with evaluating the government’s multi-billion pound school buildings programme has concluded that higher...

  28. January 9, 2009

    Diploma teaching has only recently begun

    From Jim Knight MP. Sir, With reference to your article “Only one in six take top diplomas” (January 7): diploma teaching...

  29. December 10, 2008

    England excels in school tests

    England has beaten a host of economic competitors in an set of global tests for maths and science taken by 10 and...

  30. December 10, 2008

    England excels in school tests

    England has beaten a host of economic competitors in a set of global tests for maths and science taken by 10 and...

  31. August 15, 2008

    The maths on sciences does not add up

    The number of maths A-level entries leapt this year, sparking heady declarations that tough subjects were back in fashion...

  32. August 14, 2008

    Maths on sciences does not add up

    The number of maths A-level entries leapt this year, sparking heady declarations that tough subjects were back in fashion...

  33. July 21, 2008

    Talks on Sats

    The US company at the centre of this year's Sats exam marking problems is in legal talks with the relevant government...

  34. March 26, 2008

    Union in legal threat to academy sponsors

    Legal challenges could be brought against academy sponsors who abuse employment rights, according to one of the two...

  35. February 9, 2008

    Herefordshire throws out plan for school closures

    The most controversial of all the plans for rural schools closures was yesterday thrown out when Herefordshire Council...

  36. January 18, 2008

    Setback for Mandarin hopes

    Gordon Brown's insistence on the importance of learning the main Chinese language, Mandarin, in British schools has...

  37. November 30, 2007

    UK teenagers fall in world science league

    British teenagers have slipped 10 places – to a lowly 14th – in the world’s most prestigious league table charting...

  38. October 9, 2007

    'Boost standards' call by Ofsted Private sector hit by NHS demand

    Schools are responding to successful government attempts to lighten teachers' burdens by concentrating on cutting teachers'...

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