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Sylvia Pankhurst raised phone-tap concerns in 1930s

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst raised concerns about phone-tapping in the 1930s, decades before MI5 revealed it had kept her under surveillance.At the time, Pankhurst was a prominent human rights campaigner. In 1934, she wrote to the postmaster general about the case of a lawyer who had installed a duplicate phone line to eavesdrop on his wife's conversations with a lover. The letters were discovered in the
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Raising girls ‘changes fathers’ views on gender stereotypes’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Fathers are less likely to hold traditional views about gender roles if they raise a girl, research suggests.This becomes particularly noticeable once girls reach school age, the study, from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), says.The report finds fathers' likelihood of holding traditional views declined by 8% when their daughters reached primary school age and by 11% by secondary age.The study concludes
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Student loan change adds £12bn to deficit

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images A change in how student loans are recorded in the public finances will add £12bn to the deficit, after a ruling by the Office for National Statistics.The amount expected not to be repaid, which could be 45% of lending, will now be reported as public spending.This bigger impact on the deficit from student lending could provide an incentive to cut tuition fees.It will end what
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Carmarthenshire Christmas Toybox Appeal sees 40% rise in demand

[ad_1] Image caption About 5,000 gifts had been collected by the 10 December, but 1,000 more are needed Organisers of a toy appeal for children living in poverty say they have seen a 40% increase in demand this year.The Carmarthenshire Christmas Toybox Appeal said this was partly due to concerns about the new benefits system Universal Credit. The closing date had to be extended and a last-minute appeal made to
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Could student loans ruling mean the system is redesigned?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images An announcement on Monday could affect the future of the student loans system. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) will be announcing the outcome of its review of how student loans are treated in the national accounts.That sounds like pretty technical stuff, but it could be significant.At the moment, students in England are lent money to cover their tuition fees and living costs. Interest starts
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Great Yarmouth school sets up food bank to help families

[ad_1] Image caption The school provides breakfast for many children and roughly half the pupils have free school meals A school has set up a food bank to help pupils and their families who have run out of money and cannot afford to eat.North Denes Primary in Great Yarmouth has started collecting food donations to distribute to families.Head teacher Debbie Whiting said she decided to act when some children were
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‘Racist’ law society disbanded by University of Exeter

[ad_1] Image copyright University of Exeter Image caption The university said it was "committed to eradicating" any discrimination and harassment A university law society has been disbanded following a major review into racism.Screenshots of "racist" messages in an Exeter students' WhatsApp group sparked outrage when they were shared in March.An internal investigation found Bracton Law Society's conduct "fell short of the standards and values of the university and the students'
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Young homeless blocked from renting, says report

[ad_1] Image caption Aidan became homeless after fleeing domestic violence "It's very, very tough, very cold," says Sam, 20, who has just walked into the lobby of a centre for young homeless people in Manchester. As the temperature dips towards freezing, he needs a bed for the night. On and off, he says, he's been homeless for three years, after a family breakdown, between hostels, friends' sofas and, too often,
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Suffolk teacher jailed for having sex with two pupils

[ad_1] Image copyright Suffolk Police Image caption The judge told Alex Brown that the teacher "knew exactly what he was doing" A teacher has been jailed for 10 years for having sex with two pupils, one of whom he "groomed".The girls were at different secondary schools in north-east Suffolk where Alex Brown had taught between 2015 and 2017.Brown, 35, now of Leeds, admitted 11 offences at an earlier hearing.The judge
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England’s primary school league tables to be published

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images New primary school league table data for England will be published later by the Department for Education.The tables are based on how 11-year-olds in each school performed in their end-of-school national curriculum tests, known as Sats.They provide a snapshot of how well each school is performing and tracking pupils' progress.League tables are the shop window of every school. Parents use them to help pick schools