The government is launching a review of the primary and secondary school National Curriculum today, Schools Secretary Michael Gove outlines its aims. A Church of England bishop has called on Anglican clergy to take the Church's message to young people by trying to address the fundamental questions of life and death. Also in today's programme: is it better for society for young people to delay settling down?
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Business news with Adam Shaw: Economist Sarah Hewin analyses the global impact of China's impressive economic growth. British Airways prepares for its last day of trading ahead of the merger with Spanish airline Iberia. And Adam goes on the trading floor with broker David Buik. Also in business, Richard Jeffrey reflects on the markets.
GPs face losing control of the seasonal flu vaccine programme after this winter's problems. The government's head of immunisation, Professor David Salisbury, said there was a "pretty compelling" case for the it to order and supply jabs on behalf of local doctors. GP Richard Vautrey
gives his reaction to Prof Salisbury's comments.
The government is launching a review of the primary and secondary school National Curriculum today. The review will examine what core facts schools should be teaching, and what flexibility to give to teachers to set courses. Christine Blower, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers,
outlines her view of the proposals.
Business news with Adam Shaw.
has banned Terry Jones,
a controversial American pastor, from entering the UK on the grounds that his presence is "not conducive" to the public good. He was criticised last year for threatening to burn a copy of the Koran on the anniversary of the September the 11th attacks. Today presenter John Humphrys speaks to Mr Jones.
Sport news with Garry Richardson.
There was another marathon session overnight in the Lords as peers debated the bill which paves the way for a referendum on the voting system and changes the size and number of constituencies. BBC's Norman Smith review's the night's events and Lord Butler, former head of the Civil Service, analyses
the meaning and outcome of this apparent filibustering.
All this week, Today is featuring the work of the poets shortlisted for this year's TS Eliot Prize. It is awarded to the author of the best new collection of poetry published in the UK and Ireland in the last year. Robin Robertson
reads By Clachan Bridge.
A Church of England bishop has called on Anglican clergy to take the Church's message to young people by trying to address the fundamental questions of life and death. Dr Graham Kings, the Bishop of Sherborne, in Dorset, says
a lack of religious knowledge is one of the causes of religious doubt.
Robert Pigott reports.
Thought for the Day with the writer Rhidian Brook.
A review of the National Curriculum begins today. The review will look at what core facts schools should be teaching, and what flexibility to give to teachers to set courses. Education Secretary Michael Gove
explains what the review hopes to accomplish.
Almost four months after British forces withdrew from the town of Sangin in Afghanistan, both soldiers and Afghans are still being killed on the ground. The US Army says this is because it is taking the battle to the Taliban in a way the British did not. The BBC's Paul Wood has been embedded with a group of US Marine and
reports from the front line
and General Sir Richard Dannatt reflects on recent events.
Far from being in a hurry to grow up, it seems today's young people are taking a much longer path into adulthood. That is according to a new book Not Quite Adults, which says trend for young adults not to leave home until much later in life, if at all,
is not necessarily a bad thing for society.
The book's author, Rick Settersten, outlines why.
The BBC understands that ministers are preparing to
abandon plans to give the right to vote to thousands of prisoners
serving sentences of four years or less. Political editor Nick Robinson reports.
Our understanding of the brain is growing with each passing year. Scientific advancements have given us vital insights into how they work, mapped and tweaked and The Royal Society is today publishing a report which gives an overview of where scientific research is. Two professors involved in the review - Manchester University's John Harris and the Open University's Steven Rose - outline
the frontiers of current knowledge about the brain.
In the wake of BP's deal with the Russians to drill for oil and gas, could the Arctic become a new environmental battleground? Explorer Bruce Parry, has recently travelled to the region and
gives his thoughts on the situation.
Business news with Adam Shaw.
All this week on the Today programme, we are looking at the work of the ten finalists in the TS Eliot Prize for Poetry. You can see find out
more about all the finalists here.
Today we hear from poet Sam Willetts who
reads his piece Now, Trick.
launching a London "embassy" to promote the city's business.
But could the extra publicity draw attention to some of the port's less attractive aspects? We hear from Sir Terry Leahy, outgoing boss of Tesco and a son of the city of Liverpool.
The moral question of
has been raised following a counsellor who was secretly recorded trying to do just that to a patient by praying to God. The woman at the centre of the row, Leslie Pilkington, will appear before the British Association for Counselling over the allegations. The Christian Legal Centre's Andrea Williams and Professor Michael King from University College London give us their thoughts.