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Today: Thursday 20th September

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The schools watchdog for England has said the "pupil premium" for disadvantaged children is not being used effectively by head teachers. The Business Secretary, Vince Cable, has said he always had reservations about the Liberal Democrats' pre-election promise to vote against higher university tuition fees. Also on the programme, why MPs want to put a stop to drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic.

Business news with Simon Jack, including Roland Aurich, CEO of Siemens UK, on the chances of the UK emulating German successes in engineering and manufacturing.

The schools watchdog Ofsted is warning that the government's flagship Pupil Premium is not benefiting the most disadvantaged pupils in schools, as intended. Russell Hobby, chair of National Association of Head Teachers, gives his thoughts on the issue.


There should be a ban on oil and gas drilling in the arctic until stronger safety measures are in place, according to MPs on the Environmental Audit Committee. The chair of the committee, Joan Walley, explains why.

There will be strikes across India today because the government wants foreign supermarkets like Tesco to be able to open up there, and the row has reached the top level of politics. The BBC's Andrew North has been finding out why so many people do not want supermarkets in India.

Business news with Simon Jack.


The Police Complaints Commission says the police services in England and Wales should draw up a code of conduct to stop officers abusing their positions of trust and sexually assaulting members of the public. Bernard Lawson, Acpo lead on counter corruption, explains how the report shows there have been too many cases where there have been assaults or attempts to form a sexual relationship.

Sport news with Chris Dennis.


It is the coroners' annual conference and for the time they will be addressed by a newly appointed Chief Coroner. Christopher Pryor, whose son committed suicide in prison, and Dr Paul Knapman, doctor and barrister, give their thoughts on this new innovation to the 800 year-old coronial system and whether it goes far enough.

The paper review.

A British soldier has given birth to a boy while serving in Afghanistan. Obstetrician Dr Anna David gives an explanation on "concealed pregnancies".

Thought for the day with Anne Atkins, novelist and columnist.

The world's big pharmaceutical companies are cutting back their research into treatment for Alzheimer's, after being hit by the failure of a number of high profile, and expensive, drugs trials. Sir John Bell, Life Sciences Champion for the government, and Stephen Whitehead, head of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry discuss why it is proving so hard to find something that works.


The schools watchdog for England, Ofsted, has said the "pupil premium" for disadvantaged children is not being used effectively by head teachers. Sir Michael Wilshaw, Ofsted's chief inspector of education, explains why they have come up with that conclusion, and David Laws, minister for schools, speaks for the government.

The broadcaster Sky has been found to be "fit and proper" to hold on to its broadcasting licence by Ofcom, the media regulator. Labour MP Tom Watson and David Elstein, former head of programming at BskyB, give their reaction to the announcement.

Sport news with Chris Dennis.

The controversial issue of a paralysed man trying to establish a right to die is expected to come before the courts again in the next few weeks. The wife of the man known as Martin, who is taking forward his appeal to have the right to assisted suicide, has given an exclusive interview to the BBC. Jane Dreaper reports.

Business news with Simon Jack.

The Russian car the Lada Classic, which has has been the cause of many jokes over the years, has come off the production line. Prof David Bailey, an expert in the auto industry, and Kyle Fortune, a motoring journalist,

India is facing political turmoil after it brought in a raft of economic reforms last week. Vaiju Naravane, Europe Correspondent for the Hindu newspaper in Paris gives his analysis of the situation.

Diners in Cardiff will be able to enjoy a meal cooked and served by prison inmates from today, with the opening of The Clink, a 96 seater restaurant at the city's prison. Wales correspondent Hywel Griffith went along to have a look.

The Alzheimer's Society is launching a campaign to get more brains donated to be used for research.

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