Britain passes Brazil in global economic league table… but it won"t last for long!

Britain passes Brazil in global economic league table… but it won't last for long! Britain moves into sixth place and is likely to overtake France next yearBut UK is set to be overhauled in next decade by both India and RussiaTable by City forecaster the Centre for Economics and Business Research | UPDATED: 11:08 GMT, 26 December 2012 Britain has leapfrogged Brazil in the global economic league tables, regaining the sixth place lost to the South American country this time last year. The UK is also breathing down France’s neck, with our economy likely to overtake that of our nearest neighbours some time in 2013

Grammar test for every 11-year-old: Michael Gove unveils back-to-basics exam to drive up standards

Grammar test for every 11-year-old: Gove unveils back-to-basics exam to drive up standardsPupils will be tested on grammar and punctuation skills in new exams Government says 'too little attention' has been paid to core skillsOne in four pupils started secondary school this year without basic skills | UPDATED: 23:28 GMT, 16 December 2012 Back-to-basics: Plans unveiled by Michael Gove will see 11-year-olds tested on their grammar and punctuation in a drive to raise English standards A back-to-basics test of grammar and punctuation for all 11-year-olds has been unveiled by Michael Gove in a drive to raise standards in primary schools.

Nearly 50,000 primary school children let down by failing schools according to official league tables

Nearly 50,000 children let down by failing primary schools that let bright starters 'fall back into the pack' 49,678 top performers at age seven did not continue on same trajectory Department for Education describes trend as 'unacceptable'Results from SATs however show maths and English grades up on last year | UPDATED: 00:35 GMT, 14 December 2012 Let down: Four in ten children who were high-fliers at seven achieved only average grades in national tests aged 11 Almost 50,000 of the brightest children have been failed at primary school despite a rise in headline pass rates, official league tables revealed yesterday. Four in ten who were high-fliers at the age of seven failed to reach their potential and achieved only average grades in national tests at 11. School-by-school tables for more than 15,000 primaries show that national results in English and maths SATs tests were markedly up on last year.

Beautiful pictures of full-time horse loggers removing trees from Balmoral in the snow

Beautiful photographs of horse loggers trudging through snow at Balmoral to avoid machines damaging picturesque grounds Simon Lenihan was pictured removing the trees in Crathie, AberdeenshireHorses used in place of large timber machines to minimise soil damagePhotographer Jeff Mitchell: 'It's one of the most beautiful places in the UK' | UPDATED: 21:37 GMT, 12 December 2012 It was a picturesque scene that could easily grace the cover of a Christmas card, as a full-time commercial horse logger was photographed removing Scots Pine trees from in the snow. Simon Lenihan was pictured removing the trees in Crathie, Aberdeenshire, from the Balmoral Estate yesterday with Belgian Ardennes horses Sultan De Le Campagne, 15, and Salome Du Pre Renier, 4.