Michael Gove has been accused by one of the Tories' most senior figures in local government of resorting to "bully boy tactics" to drum up support for his flagship academies and to undermine traditional schools.
Coalition plans to make it more difficult for 18- to 21-year-olds to go straight on to benefits after school, and instead require them to work or study, are to be announced by the business secretary, Vince Cable.
Radical plans by Michael Gove to cut the Department for Education in half will result in a disproportionate number of redundancies among minority ethnic, disabled and older staff, leaked documents show.
The teacher's command of his class is total. "Which one is the whole number?" he asks crisply. "Is it seven over three, or is it four?"
The Bank of England could only have staved off the "great recession" of the past five years if it had been given the power to rein in reckless lending by Britain's banks, Sir Mervyn King has said.
Nick Clegg's mocked, reviled and admired mea culpa is the clearest sign possible that he intends to remain leader until the next election, and will put his leadership front and centre at the party conference starting on Saturday.
A contrite Nick Clegg drew both scorn and applause on Wednesday when he apologised for promising at the last election to oppose any increase in tuition fees, saying: "We made a pledge, we did not stick to it, and for that I am sorry.
An investigation has been launched after a group that supports the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange claimed to have hacked Cambridge University computer systems.
A guiding figure behind Tony Blair's education reforms has warned Michael Gove against becoming too obsessed with exams and ignoring skills in favour of teaching children facts.
The communities secretary, Eric Pickles, has sharply criticised the BBC and other public bodies for trying to hide their use of covert surveillance powers without any judicial oversight or transparency.