A global survey says standards in reading, maths and science are falling.
Jo Cox Murder Accused's Silence
The man accused of the terror-related murder of Labour MP Jo Cox refused to speak when he was asked to enter pleas in court.
Thomas Mair, 53, allegedly shot and stabbed the 41-year-old outside her constituency surgery in Birstall, near Leeds, on June 16.
He is charged with Mrs Cox's murder, possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence and possession of an offensive weapon - a dagger.
He is also charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent to Bernard Carter-Kenny on the same date.
Mair, from Birstall, is in custody and his case is being treated under the "terrorism protocol''.
Mrs Cox's sister was among family members who gathered at the Old Bailey.
Wearing red trousers and a white sweatshirt, the bearded defendant appeared via video- link from Belmarsh prison before senior judge Mr Justice Wilkie.
He spoke to confirm his name and then sat with his arms crossed and stayed silent as he was asked to enter pleas.
The judge ordered, in light of his silence, that not guilty pleas be entered on all the charges.
A provisional four-week trial date has already been fixed for November 14.
The judge adjourned the case to a further hearing on October 28.
At the time of her death, Mrs Cox was described by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn as ``one of our very best''. She left a husband, Brendan, and two young children.
Engineering group Doosan Babcock is to cut almost 500 jobs across its UK sites.
The 82 year old was found with "catastrophic injuries" in her home in Leven in January.
Tributes have been paid to a Scottish tour guide who was stabbed to death in Lapland.
Most Viewed Pictures On Heart
Recently Played Tracks
To listen live, choose your preferred location:
Deposit £10 to get a £40 Welcome Bonus - That's £50 to play bingo, slots and more!*
Over 50 tracks to make you feel-good. New album out now...
Find your local four day weather report here.
Make Heart the soundtrack to your day and you could be a winner with great prizes up for grabs throughout the day.
Find out more about some of the companies advertising on Heart Scotland- East.