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Ofsted: Schools ignoring bad behaviour

Ofsted: Schools ignoring bad behaviour

Schools where behaviour is a problem will be subjected to spot checks by inspectors for the first time in a bid to drive up education standards, the Ofsted chief inspector has said.

Sir Michael Wilshaw has said that teachers were too often ignoring low-level disruption and “horseplay” leading to a culture of “casual acceptance” of misbehaviour that is holding schools back.

In his second annual report, he sharply criticised teaching standards, saying there was too much mediocre teaching – particularly of primary children – and schools suffered from weak leadership.

He said that from January inspectors would be carrying out “no notice” inspections of schools where behaviour was an issue. read more

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Soldier Andrew Garthwaite moves bionic arm by thoughts

Soldier Andrew Garthwaite moves bionic arm by thoughts

A soldier injured in battle said he is determined to make a success of his new life with a bionic arm he can control with his thoughts.

Cpl Andrew Garthwaite, 26, from South Tyneside, was badly injured in Afghanistan when a Taliban grenade took off his right arm.

He is believed to be the first person in the UK to have such a bionic arm.

It involved surgery, including having his nerve system rewired, and months of learning how to use the new arm. read more

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1.5 million UK pensioners struggling with food poverty

1.5 million UK pensioners struggling with food poverty

More than 1.5 million British pensioners are now living in food poverty and the situation is set to worsen this winter, according to new research.

The Centre for Economics and Business says a quarter of over-65s have had to make cutbacks on food over the past three years, and over one million are malnourished or at risk of malnutrition because they are struggling to afford basic nutritious food.

The reason is that while the cost of living has continued to rise, incomes have not kept pace.

Increasing food prices in particular have hit the elderly the most. read more

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Why Government Health Departments Are Spending Millions On Mobile Gaming

Why Government Health Departments Are Spending Millions On Mobile Gaming

Today sees the release of The Walk, an iOS and Android game backed by the UK’s Department of Health.

It’s the second release in a collection of apps funded as part of the UK’s Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI). The first — StepJockey, an app that lets you map, locate, rate and log the calorific expenditure of staircases around your city — came out on Monday.

All five apps in the program encourage you to move more, or change negative habits. Can an app improve your life? At the very least, we’re guessing the Department of Health — having just spent £2 million on this round of investment — thinks so.

This is part of a growing trend, that could see government agencies in the UK taking a leaf out of Silicon Valley’s book when it comes to solving (health) problems. read more

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PIP Breast Implant Founder Jean-Claude Mas Gets Convicted

PIP Breast Implant Founder Jean-Claude Mas Gets Convicted

The founder of a company that made substandard breast implants has been jailed for four years.

Jean-Claude Mas of Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) was found guilty of fraud after using industrial-grade silicone in thousands of breast implants sold worldwide.

The 74-year-old, dubbed “the sorcerer’s apprentice of implants” by prosecutors, plans to appeal, according to his lawyer.

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LG G Pad 8.3, Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition Models Announced Alongside White Nexus 7

LG G Pad 8.3, Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition Models Announced Alongside White Nexus 7

Google Play Edition Sony Z Ultra and LG G Pad 8.3 quietly went official in the United States – the duo of Android 4.4 KitKat devices is currently available to order in the US Google Play Store.

The Sony Z Ultra is priced at $649, while the G Pad 8.3 costs $349.99.

The Google Play edition of the G Pad 8.3 features most of the same specs as the original model that launched earlier this year, including an 8.3-inch 1900×1200 display, 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, 5-megapixel rear and 1.3-megapixel front cameras and 16GB storage. The big difference is in the software: while the LG G Pad 8.3 shipped with a skinned version of Android 4.2.2, the Google Play edition will come preloaded with a vanilla build of Android 4.4.

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Taser Used On A Teenage Boy From A Special School In Devon

Taser Used On A Teenage Boy From A Special School In Devon

A teenage boy with complex learning difficulties has been Tasered by police in the grounds of a special school.

Devon and Cornwall Police were called to Chelfham Senior School near Plymouth after reports of an alleged assault on a teacher.

The force confirmed officers deployed a Taser during the incident at 9.20pm on December 1, which involved three boys – a 15-year-old and two 14-year-olds – after reports that knives were brandished at officers.

But a solicitor has called into question the use of the device, in the circumstances. read more

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Glasgow Helicopter Crashes Into Pub

Glasgow Helicopter Crashes Into Pub

Police have warned that the number of people killed when a police helicopter crashed into a busy Glasgow pub will rise in the “coming hours” after confirming one death.

The Chief Constable of Scotland Police said they were now dealing with a “search and recovery operation” after rescue teams worked through the night to try and pull people from the wreckage of The Clutha Vaults pub.

But he said they were still hoping to find survivors alive in the remains of the building.

At least six people died when the helicopter crashed through the roof of the lively city nightspot, which was packed with more than 100 people watching a band, at 10.25pm on Friday. read more

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