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'Coasting' headteachers face sack, Cameron says

Cameron has pledged to end the 'education lottery'. Credit: PA

Headteachers at "coasting" schools face being sacked, David Cameron will say today as he unveils plans to ensure every child gets the best start in life.

The Prime Minister will vow to wage an "all-out war on mediocrity" as he sets out proposed new powers to shake-up the performance of up to 3,500 schools.

Any English school assessed as requiring improvement by Ofsted will be put under new leadership unless it has plans to bring about rapid change, he will reveal in a speech in London.

The country's best headteachers, backed by high-performing neighbouring schools or expert sponsors, will take over the running of the schools.

They will be expected to introduce reforms to boost results that could involve new discipline policies or changes in personnel, such as removing headteachers.

Eton-educated Mr Cameron has previously insisted he wants to spread the advantages he enjoyed to "every child in Britain" and pledged to end the education "lottery".

Greste family show thanks for worldwide support

Credit: Instagram/Alister Greste

The family of freed journalist Peter Greste showed their appreciation to those who have supported his campaign by posting this picture on Instagram.

Greste's nephew Alister wrote: "I'm pretty sure this picture says a thousand words! Thanks to everyone who supported us and had us in their thoughts and prayers.

"The ordeal is over and we look forward to having #Peter back with us!!! #400days#Family #Greste #united."

Peter is due to be reunited with his family in Australia shortly after spending 400 days in an Egyptian jail.


'Peter will come home when he's ready and not before'

Peter Greste will "come home when he's ready and not before" his family said today.

His mother Lois said they had spoken to him a few times since his release but he was still finding it difficult to believe he had been released from prison.

She added: "He said he all happened so fast, he is still absorbing it all, and I think it's going to take him several days."

Greste 'tucked into beer and pork' after being released

Peter Greste's mother Lois spoke of her relief her son has been freed. Credit: RTV

The family of Peter Greste said his first meal after being released from an Egyptian prison was "beer and pork".

Al Jazeera journalist Greste tucked into the feast with his brother Mike, who is believed to be with him in Cyprus before the pair head home to Australia.

Their mother Lois spoke of her relief that he had finally been released after spending 400 days in a Cairo jail.

She said: "I'm ecstatic. I just can't say how happy I am about it all. Thank goodness this is all over.

"To me it's also difficult to realise this day has come, even though I dreamed about it quietly, not daring to think about it too much. It's arrived now."

Greste 'will not rest' until other colleagues released

Greste, Fahmy and Mohamed were jailed for allegedly aiding terrorists. Credit: Reuters

The family of freed Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste said he "will not rest" until his two colleagues, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, are also released.

His brother Andrew said he hoped that would follow in the "very near future" and that they were thinking of them and their families.

"We offer our unconditional support to you and hope your struggle will end very soon", he added.

Greste family: 'It's a day we thought we would never come'

The family of freed Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste have said it was "a day they thought would never come".

His brother Andrew told a press conference in Australia they had spoken to him and he was "safe, healthy and very, very happy to be on his way home."

It comes after Greste spent 400 days in an Egyptian jail after being accused of aiding terrorists.


Alan Barnes meets woman who started donation page

Alan Barnes, the pensioner who was said he didn't feel safe in his home after being viciously attacked by thugs, met the young woman who started an online donation page for him.

No predicted the £500 pounds she'd hoped to raise soaring to over a quarter of a million. Sejal Karia reports on the tears that were shed today

Father of Jordanian pilot held by IS appeals for release

The father of a Jordanian pilot being held by Islamic State militants has urged his government to push forward with a proposed prisoner exchange to get his son back.

It comes just 24 hours after a video emerged appearing to show that a second Japanese hostage had been killed by the militants. Japan's prime minister was joined by leaders across the world in condemning the apparent murder.

Jordanian authorities had said they would free the failed suicide bomber the militant fighters had wanted released, but progress appears to have stalled. Duncan Golestani reports.

Weather: Slipping temperatures and slippy surfaces

Temperatures slide away again tonight - freezing, frosty and icy through the night and into the morning.

It'll be cold, clear and crisp first thing with stunning sunshine before cloud gathers. A few showers will crop up in the same places as today - mostly rain but expect some sleety slush in places.

It'll remain terribly cold - with just a stingy 3-4C in places but we lose the cutting wind chill of the last few days.

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