Technology

Prisoners in England to be taught code

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Reoffending costs the UK government billions of pounds each year The government is to fund a scheme that will see "carefully vetted" prisoners taught to code in order to better prepare them for the world of work.The project is part of a £1.2m effort to increase the digital skills of people from disadvantaged groups.The courses will be led by volunteers and industry experts
Science/Nature

Schools should have ‘no idling zones’, Public Health England chief says

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Public health chiefs have proposed a ban on cars idling outside school gates in a bid to cut air pollution. The measure is among a series of UK-wide recommendations put forward by Public Health England.PHE medical director Paul Cosford told the BBC: "We should stop idling outside schools and we should make sure that children can walk or cycle to school."PHE said 28,000 to 36,000
Education

Music lessons ‘being stripped’ out of schools in England

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Only 12% of schools in deprived areas have an orchestra, says the BPI State schools in England have seen a 21% decrease in music provision over the last five years, research suggests. At the same time, access to music in independent schools has risen by 7%, according to figures from the BPI.The gap widens amongst poorer pupils, with just one in four schools
UK News

Wales 21-13 England: Hosts fight back to seal record-breaking win in Cardiff

[ad_1] 'Absolutely sensational!' Josh Adams seals Wales victorySix Nations ChampionshipWales (3) 21Tries: Hill, Adams Cons: Biggar Pen: Anscombe 3England (10) 13Try: Curry Con: Farrell Pen: Farrell 2Wales produced a stirring second half to crush England's Grand Slam dream with a record-breaking 12th consecutive Test win.England had led 10-3 at the interval after 20-year-old Tom Curry's second international try garlanded a brutal defensive display.But Wales came barrelling back and took the
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England 44-8 France: Eddie Jones’ men maintain perfect start to Six Nations

[ad_1] Six Nations 2019: England demolish France 44-8 at Twickenham - highlightsSix Nations ChampionshipEngland: (30) 44Tries: May 3, Slade, penalty try, Farrell Con: Farrell 3 Pens: Farrell 2France: (8) 8Tries: Penaud Pens: ParraEngland blew France away with a first-half hat-trick of tries from Jonny May to continue their fabulous start to the Six Nations.May went over three times in the left-hand corner in the first 30 minutes as England's forwards
UK News

Obscene porn rules relaxed in England and Wales

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Guidelines about what constitutes "obscene" pornography have been relaxed in England and Wales.The Crown Prosecution Service had previously listed torture and bondage, among other acts, as obscene.Distributing that type of pornography either on or offline could therefore have led to a prosecution.But the CPS has now removed the list and replaced it with series of "tests" that determine whether an image or video is classed
Education

England’s secondary school league tables to be published

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images New secondary school league tables for England will be published later by the Department for Education.The tables are based on how teenagers in each school performed in their GCSE exams and A-levels last summer.They provide a snapshot of how well each school in the country is performing, by tracking pupils' progress since they left primary.Parents can check here to see how local schools are performing
Health

Teenage cancer survival ‘on the up’ in England, report finds

[ad_1] Image copyright TEENAGE CANCER TRUST Image caption Aggie is now working as a management consultant five years on from her cancer diagnosis Survival rates for teenagers and young adults with cancer in England are improving, particularly for those with leukaemia and bone cancer, says a report by Teenage Cancer Trust and Public Health England.But it found young patients living in poorer areas had lower chances of survival.Understanding why this
Education

Families waiting too long for special needs support in England

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Thousands of children in England with special educational needs are waiting too long for an education, health and care plan (EHC), the BBC has learned. The EHC plans set out a child's needs and the support to which they are entitled. Once a plan is requested, the law says councils should normally finalise them within 20 weeks.But through Freedom of Information requests, the BBC has
UK News

Missed GP appointments ‘cost NHS England £216m’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Patients who miss GP appointments are costing NHS England £216m a year, officials have said.Data shows more than 15 million consultations are being wasted because patients fail to show up.NHS England said cancelling appointments would free doctors, nurses and other professionals to see people who need care and attention.The British Medical Association urged patients to "play their part" to help the NHS cope with rising