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The government is to outline plans to lower the number of people classified as having special educational needs. Outgoing BBC chairman Sir Michael Lyons gives his view on the future of the corporation. And director Mike Leigh explains why he is returning to one of his plays for the first time.

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Business news with Lesley Curwen: Jonathan Charley, BearingPoint management consultancy's Jonathan Charley on Northern Rock's expected results. Jane Sydenham analyses the markets. And Kevin Green of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, examines new figures showing that demand from employers for hiring permanent staff is improving. Download the podcast

How can you tell if your child has special educational needs (SEN) and requires extra help and support at school? Ministers are planning to readdress special education provision, and are to reduce the numbers of children labelled as needing extra help. Political correspondent Gary O'Donoghue investigates the proposed changes.

Hundreds of traditionalist Anglicans intending to join the special section of the Roman Catholic church for disaffected Anglicans are to worship for the first time in Roman Catholic churches. Father Ed Tomlinson will lead his 70 parishioners from their old church in Tunbridge Wells to the new Catholic Church in Pembury to celebrate mass on Ash Wednesday. Father Ed Tomlinson explains the reasons for this migration.

Business news with Lesley Curwen.

The United Nations has warned that the Ivory Coast is on the brink of civil war. Africa correspondent Andrew Harding in Abidjan reports on the tensions in the country following Laurent Gbagbo's refusal to cede power to his rival Alassane Ouattara.

According to new research, chickens can empathise. Joanne Edgar, researcher at Bristol University, explains her discovery that chickens can "feel each other's pain".

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The RSPB is launching a campaign calling on people to "Step Up for Nature". The organisation is setting out a comprehensive roadmap to ensure biodiversity is preserved. Science correspondent Tom Feilden reports and Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman discusses what the government is doing to protect biodiversity.

Review of the papers.

Libya's third biggest city, Misurata, has been the scene of bitter street battles. Misurata resident Hitham describes the ongoing fight for the city.

Thought for the day with Reverend Dr Giles Fraser.

How will the last four years of BBC output be viewed in retrospect? Outgoing BBC Chairman Sir Michael Lyons looks back at his period at the helm of the BBC Trust.

The government is setting out plans to lower the number of children classified as having special educational needs. Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) and Professor Sonia Blandford, director of SEN pilot scheme Achievement for All, debate the changes.

Northern Rock says it will pay £13m in staff bonuses, despite announcing a loss of more than £232m for 2010. Business editor Robert Peston analyses the latest figures.

Mike Leigh, one of Britain's most celebrated film directors, is returning to the stage after a five year absence. He is to direct one of his early plays, Ecstasy, which opens at the Hampstead Theatre in North London tomorrow night. Arts correspondent Rebecca Jones spoke to the director.

Tottenham Hotspur was the first English club to win a European trophy in 1963 when beat Atletico Madrid in the Cup Winners' Cup final. Among the great players in that side was John White, nicknamed "the ghost" for his ability to find space off the ball. He died aged 27 when he was struck by lightning. His son Rob White has written a book about his father, and describes his all-too-brief career.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The UK and France are drafting a UN Security Council resolution on a no-fly zone over Libya, but is it the right reaction to the conflict in Libya? Former British diplomat Carne Ross and Rear Admiral Chris Parry, who helped plan two no-fly zones over Iraq, debate the right international response.

Spain has cut the speed limit on its motorways to reduce the amount of money people spend on fuel. Sarah Rainsford reports from Madrid and former British racing driver and television presenter Tiff Needell and environmental columnist George Monbiot debate if we should be doing the same thing in the UK.

Business news with Lesley Curwen.

While a wave of change is sweeping much of the Middle East, the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians remains deadlocked. Middle East correspondent Bethany Bell analyses the Palestinians' current role in the process.

A new exhibition of the work of bohemian artist Ida Kar is opening at the National Portrait Gallery. Julie Green, an assistant to the artist, and Virginia Nicholson, author of Among the Bohemians, discuss her artistic legacy.



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