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Hertfordshire secondary school places: Nearly 200 left without

[ad_1] Image copyright Josie Madoc Image caption Josie Madoc asked "this isn't a third world country" after her daughter Seren, 10, was not given any school place in the first stage of allocations Nearly 200 pupils in Hertfordshire have been left without a secondary school place in September.Hertfordshire County Council has been unable to offer a place to 189 children and more than 1,000 others have been given a place,
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Young people warned over buying drugs via apps

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Social media apps are increasingly likely to be used by young people to buy illegal drugs, research suggests.The study, from Royal Holloway, University of London, says drug users valued the convenience and speed of buying drugs via apps like Snapchat.It warns that buyers are at risk in terms of personal safety and drug quality and that many have a "false security" of escaping law enforcement.It
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Scafell Pike: How to use a compass

[ad_1] Mountain rescue teams are repeating warnings for hikers to take care to try to prevent "unnecessary call-outs".They want people to be prepared and wear the right kit including learning how to use a map and compass rather than relying on their mobile phones.The BBC's Danny Savage explains how you should use a compass. [ad_2] Source link
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The Piplets: The rare boy triplets carving out media careers

[ad_1] Rare triplet boys with identical twins that had a one in 3.2 million chance of being born are carving out careers in film, TV and social media.Twins Kuzey and Koray Cerikci feature in the same role in Hollywood blockbuster Mary Queen of Scots, and have starred in the BBC's Silent Witness and Sky's Save Me.The pair, along with their brother Ayaz, are also a hit on Instagram, where the
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Older drivers: Woman, 86, aces advanced driving test

[ad_1] An 86-year-old woman who has passed her advanced driving test with flying colours says she wants to challenge stereotypes of older motorists.Thelma Bradshaw, from Alvaston, Derby, is one of the oldest women in the UK to pass the test.The Institute of Advanced Motorists' test examines a higher level of skills than the standard practical driving exam.Mrs Bradshaw first passed in 1977 but she decided to take it again to
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Secondary school places – not got what you wanted?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Hundreds of thousands of parents in England are finding out which secondary school their children will go to later this year. If the school on offer is unsuitable for some reason, there are a number of things you can do. Think carefullyFirst, read the letter from your local authority very closely.It will provide instructions on how to proceed, if you do not wish to accept
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Children’s social worker recruitment ‘too low’

[ad_1] Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Councils are offering retention payments to children's social worker staff Not enough is being done to recruit children's social workers in England, it has been claimed, as it emerged one in six jobs remain vacant.According to new government figures 5,812 of 29,474 posts were unfilled in September 2018, a total of 16.5%The figure compares to 17% in 2017 - although 1,000 extra workers were
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‘She told me he was going to kill her’

[ad_1] Image copyright Family photo Image caption Kerri McAuley was killed at the age of 32 When Kerri McAuley feared for her life after being attacked by her abusive boyfriend, it was her hairdresser she confided in. She was killed in early 2017. Now, a new campaign to help hairdressers and beauticians spot the signs of domestic abuse has been launched.It was an appointment hairdresser Annie Reilly still remembers vividly."She
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Tuition fees not university deterrent, Damian Hinds says

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images There is no evidence higher tuition fees have deterred young people in England from applying to university, says Education Secretary Damian Hinds.He said applications, including from disadvantaged youngsters, had risen, despite fees of £9,250 per year.A review, commissioned by the prime minister, is expected to call for a significant cut in fees.But Mr Hinds said the student finance system was "very progressive" and should not