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Boycott threat over reception tests

Teachers are worried that tests for four-year-olds could damage their education

Teachers are threatening to boycott the Government's new compulsory tests for four-year-olds, warning the move is "dangerous" to pupils' education.

Hart 'in Generation Game talks'

Reports say that Miranda Hart is in talks about hosting a revamped Generation Game

Comedian Miranda Hart is in talks to step into Sir Bruce Forsyth's shoes for a relaunch of the Generation Game, it was reported today.

Showers put dampener on Easter

Showers have put a dampener on Easter celebrations in many parts of the country

The settled Easter weather is set to come to an abrupt end today as heavy showers and thunder are expected to greet many Britons over the long weekend.

Sex symbols have fat legs: Everett

Actor Rupert Everett has taken a playful swipe at some of the world's biggest female stars

They are sex symbols idolised by millions but Beyonce, Rihanna and Kim Kardashian have fallen foul of famously catty actor Rupert Everett - who says they have fat legs.

Agencies quit CBI over vote stance

VisitScotland and Scottish Enterprise have quit the CBI over the group's position on independence

Scottish Government agencies in charge of creating jobs and attracting tourists have become the latest to quit business lobbying organisation the CBI after it formally backed a "no" vote in the referendum.

Main Scottish schedule

Latest news from Scotland

Good morning from Press Association Scotland. Here is the main schedule for Sunday April 20.

Church to reopen after flooding

Jane Haslam, the Rector of Moorland, at St Peter and St John's Church where the first service to be held there since massive floods devastated the area.

A congregation will gather at their Somerset parish church for Easter Sunday today, the first service to be held there since massive floods devastated the area.

Marathon runner denies cheat claims

A runner has denied cheating during the London Marathon

A man who ran the second half of the London Marathon in less than half the time it took him to complete the first has denied claims he cheated.

Tougher mortgage checks warning

New industry-wide rules mean mortgage providers have to take a much keener interest in an applicant's regular outgoings

People applying for a mortgage are facing tougher affordability checks which delve into their spending habits on outgoings ranging from childcare, travel and clothing to wine clubs and even a flutter on the horses.

Christian worker in dismissal claim

A Christian nursery nurse is claiming unfair dismissal on grounds of religious discrimination

A Christian nursery nurse is claiming unfair dismissal after losing her job because she said she told a gay colleague that the Bible regards the practice of homosexuality as a sin.

Bankrupt quango chief steps down

A businessman appointed by Prime Minister David Cameron to head a quango has been forced to step down

A businessman appointed by David Cameron to head a multibillion-pound quango has been forced to step down after it was disclosed that he was bankrupt.