Education secretary focuses on 'soft skills' in first big speech

Damian Hinds tells conference qualifications and exams ‘not the whole picture’Damian Hinds, the new education secretary, has said schools should aim for an ethos that develops pupils’ character, resilience and workplace skills as he ga


Yorkshire school to stop teaching Latin after 600 years

Richmond school says it will stop offering the classical language to new pupils from SeptemberA North Yorkshire school will stop teaching Latin for the first time in its 600-year history because of “funding restrictions”.Richmond school, a com


Four ways to avoid being a victim of Russian cyberwarfare

Don’t be duped by a bot or phished like Hillary Clinton’s campaign – follow these four simple steps to outflank Putin’s digital foot soldiers Russian cyberwarfare is the new threat to the nation, according to Nick Carter, the h


UK universities face disruption as staff back industrial action

Higher education staff at 61 universities vote to protest over proposed changes to pensionsTens of thousands of university students could face disruption to their studies next month after higher education staff voted in favour of industrial action in prot


Call for abolition of tolls on Severn bridges to create 'western powerhouse'

Free Severn crossings create ‘once in lifetime’ chance to link cities such as Cardiff and Bristol The abolition of the tolls on the Severn bridges creates a “once in a lifetime” chance to create a cross-border economic region that


Michael O’Neill turns down Scotland job to stay with Northern Ireland

• O’Neill held talks over taking four-year deal with Scotland• Manager likely to extend Northern Ireland contract to 2024Michael O’Neill has rejected the chance to manage Scotland, with the 48-year-old ending weeks of speculation


FCA gives more small businesses access to financial ombudsman

City watchdog to allow up to 160,000 more firms to access the ombudsmanMore small businesses are to be given access to the financial ombudsman to complain about their banks under plans put forward by the City watchdog after scandals at Royal Bank of Scotl

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