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[5 Aug 2009 | No Comment | 2,174 views]

By Alison Kershaw and Jane Kirby, Press Association
Friday, 17 July 2009
The Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) said while it is expected schools and nurseries would open as usual at the start of the academic year, they “cannot be certain what the situation will be” in the autumn. The UK total number of deaths linked to swine flu now stands at 29. About 1,000 schools have already recorded cases of swine flu, the DCSF message to schools said, though most have remained open. At the start of the outbreak, …

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[3 Aug 2009 | One Comment | 4,632 views]

By Julie Henry, Education Correspondent, and Ian Johnston
School nurses are receiving special training to deal with increasing numbers of pupils who are still in nappies.
Debbie Bird and her daughter Charlotte her seven-year-old daughter who wore nappies until she was five and still wears them at night Photo: JULIAN SIMMONDS
A growing number of parents are failing to potty train their children before sending them to primary school. Some parents have made it a low priority because they are too busy, while others have a more relaxed attitude and are happy to …

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[29 Jul 2009 | One Comment | 2,961 views]
200 playing fields sold off by Labour: How can this be justified ahead of Olympics, ask critics

By James Chapman Mail
Ministers have approved the sale of more than 200 school and community playing fields, despite repeated promises to protect them.
Even in the four years since London was chosen to host the 2012 Olympics, the Government has allowed the sell-off of 49 school sports fields. In total since Labour came to power in 1997, 203 pitches have been lost. In its 1997 General Election manifesto, Labour pledged to bring the then Tory government’s ‘policy of forcing schools to sell off playing fields to an end’. Sacrificed: Since Labour …

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[25 Jul 2009 | No Comment | 1,831 views]

By Emily Cook 18/07/2009 mirror
A pregnant woman with swine flu died soon after giving birth, it was revealed yesterday.A baby less than six months old has emerged as Britain’s youngest death from the outbreak. The London infant had serious underlying health problems.Two more deaths in the capital have emerged – a man, 70, who died on Tuesday and an adult who died on Friday last week. The infant aged under six months passed away on July 8. All four victims are among 29 people in the UK who have died …

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[22 Jul 2009 | 3 Comments | 7,340 views]
Sunburnt children could be a sign of neglect: new guidance

Rebecca Smith, Medical Editor The Telegraph
Sunburn: Children with sunburn could be a sign their parent are neglecting them, new guidance has said. Repeated infestations of headline and a lack of treatment for tooth decay should also trigger doctors and nurses to consider whether the child is being maltreated, under new guidance form the National Institute for health and Clinical Excellence. Sunburn could be a sign of neglect if the child has not been appropriately supervised, the guidance said. One in ten children will suffer some form of maltreatment during their …

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[24 Jun 2009 | 2 Comments | 1,749 views]

By Tom Whitehead, Home Affairs Editor Telegraph
Published: 2:17PM BST 22 Jun 2009
Parents should be able to freely take photographs and video of their children at school sports days or plays, the privacy watchdog ruled.
A ban on photographing school sports day’s risk preventing happy keepsakes for families.Warnings that taking images of children and their friends at school events breach their rights are “wrong” and risk preventing happy keepsakes for families, the DeputInformation Commissioner concluded. Even photographs taken for official use or local newspapers do not breach the Data Protection Act so …

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[24 Jun 2009 | No Comment | 1,518 views]

By Laura Clark – Mail
24th June 2009
A mobile phone designed for children as young as four is to be sold in Britain. The brightly coloured Firefly handset has just five buttons – including two which call Mum and Dad directly. Details of the phone, which looks like a toy, came as it emerged that more than half of under-tens now own a mobile. Play-mobile: The young girl pretending to use an adult phone (above) could soon have her own child-friendly handset that has simplified buttons and speed …

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[15 Jun 2009 | No Comment | 1,528 views]

BBC Education News
Tens of thousands of families may not be getting their first choice school
Almost one in 10 parents in England applying for a primary school place for their child is missing out on their first choice, a survey suggests.
In areas such as Kent and Birmingham, an even higher proportion is not allocated their preferred school.
It suggests the anxiety about finding secondary school places has now filtered down to primary schools.
The survey was carried out by the Press Association, based on 42 out of 150 local …

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[12 Jun 2009 | No Comment | 1,879 views]

Times Joanna Sugden
Parents will have the power to trigger school inspections in a shake up of Ofsted that gives pupils as young as five influence over the verdicts of inspectors.
Teachers’ leaders and parents groups criticised the introduction of annual parent surveys, announced today which they say betray a lack of trust in schools and are a waste of money. The results of the questionnaires will be used to determine when inspectors should move in to schools and pupil surveys will contribute to whether a school is judged inadequate, …

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[13 May 2009 | No Comment | 2,226 views]

By Laura Clark Mail
Last updated at 8:58 AM on 13th May 2009
Parents are ignoring the threat of fines or even jail by taking their children on cut-price holidays during term time, a survey reveals today.
A quarter admit to having taken their children out of school already this year, with nearly a third considering doing so before the end of term.
Rising numbers are risking fines of up to £100 as the recession deepens and the plunging pound raises the cost of foreign travel, according to a poll of 4,022 families.
Parents …

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