Schools to be banned from taking pupils" fingerprints without parents" consent

Schools to be banned from taking pupils' fingerprints without parents' consent30 per cent of secondary schools use fingerprinting Schools will have to ensure data from pupils is treated with careCivil liberties campaigners welcome the ban | UPDATED: 09:17 GMT, 24 December 2012 Schools minister David Laws says the ban will give parents all the power over personal data Schools are to be banned from collecting pupils' biometric data without the consent of parents, it was announced yesterday. Hundreds of secondary schools in England use fingerprints or face recognition systems for the issuing of library books or to allow pupils to enter certain buildings. Last night Michael Gove's Department for Education said that from next September, schools will be forced to obtain parental permission before taking fingerprints

Cameron finally concedes Britain could quit Europe as he prepares to offer referendum on the subject

Cameron finally concedes Britain could quit Europe as he prepares to offer referendum on the subjectPrime Minister says UK exit not his 'preference' but was now 'imaginable'He may look to negotiate a looser, trade-based relationship with Brussels | UPDATED: 00:16 GMT, 18 December 2012 David Cameron admitted for the first time last night that Britain might leave the European Union. The Prime Minister said that while a UK exit was not his ‘preference’, it was however ‘imaginable’. Mr Cameron is preparing to offer a referendum on Britain’s future in Europe in a speech next month.

Cabinet in revolt over Camerons alcohol price plans: Senior Tories and Lib Dems unite to oppose unfair tax on the poor

Cabinet in revolt over Cameron’s alcohol price plans: Senior Tories and Lib Dems unite to oppose ‘unfair tax on the poor’Plan to make retailers sell alcohol for at least 45p a unit branded 'illiberal'Opposition grew when study showed poorest 20% would bear half price hike, paying an extra 318million a year for alcohol Wealthiest 20% would pay an extra 7m and richest 10% would pay nothing | UPDATED: 20:12 GMT, 16 December 2012 A bid to end Britain’s binge drinking culture by imposing a price hike on alcohol has been hit by a Cabinet revolt. Senior Tories and Liberal Democrats have united to oppose the minimum pricing proposals, condemning it as an ‘unfair tax on the poor’. Ministers critical of the plan, backed by David Cameron, to make retailers sell alcohol for at least 45p a unit said it was ‘illiberal’ and would punish responsible but cash-strapped drinkers.

Newtown catholic church EVACUATED after threat during noon mass

Hundreds evacuated at Newtown Catholic church – the town's center of memorials and mourning – after BOMB THREAT hours before Obama visit Noon mass was being held at the St Rose of Lima when hundreds of people inside were evacuated due to a called-in threatHeavily-armed Connecticut state troopers were seen entering church and doing room-by-room search of religious education facility nearby 'All clear' was issued at about 1:15pmPresident Obama was due to attend memorial service at Newtown High School on Sunday night | UPDATED: 23:28 GMT, 16 December 2012 The St Rose of Lima church in Connecticut was evacuated today during a noon mass after the church received a bomb threat – in another traumatic day for a community rocked by tragedy. Following the horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown on Friday, tensions were raised again at the sight of nearly a dozen camouflage-clad SWAT team members carrying assault weapons who rushed into the church and a nearby educational center. The Catholic church that has become a center of grieving since the deaths of 20 children and six adults at the nearby Sandy Hook Elementary School

Forgot your password? You"re not the only one! Average Briton now struggling to remember details for 22 online accounts

Forgot your password You're not the only one! Average Briton now struggling to remember details for 22 online accounts Three-quarters of people use the same password for more than one accountAnd almost a third say they never bother changing their password, a study has said | UPDATED: 07:48 GMT, 14 December 2012 We have all suffered a mental blank, while desperately trying to log in to work computers, online banking sites, and email accounts.

The battle against Alzheimer"s starts at school age: Research pinpoints three key stages that help keep disease at bay

The battle against Alzheimer's starts at school age: Research pinpoints three key stages that help keep disease at bay A person's education, their working life, and their social life in later years all play a role in keeping the mind sharper for longerPeople who were more mentally active found to have a lower risk of developing memory problems in old age, according to study | UPDATED: 07:55 GMT, 13 December 2012 It is often dismissed as a disease of old age. But the fight against Alzheimer’s could start at school and last for life

Michael Gove: Headteachers can dock the pay of staff who take industrial action

Cut pay of teachers who work to rule, Michael Gove orders headsEducation Secretary writes to heads advising that a 'robust response' is needed to union actionSome members of the NUT and NASUWT are working to rule, having a 'severe impact' on children's education, minister warns Staff refusing to cover lessons or produce lesson plansUnion leaders say it is an escalation of Mr Gove's 'war on teachers' | UPDATED: 01:19 GMT, 13 December 2012 Enlarge Education Secretary Michael Gove wrote to headteachers, advising a 'robust response' to striking staff, including cutting pay Headmasters were yesterday told to slash the pay of teachers taking industrial action after thousands joined a campaign of disruption. Members of the National Union of Teachers and rival NASUWT have been working to rule complaining about pay, pensions and working conditions

Schools should axe citizenship lessons and teach more British history, say MPs as they bid to half decline in the subject

Schools should axe citizenship lessons and teach more British history, say MPs as they bid to half decline in the subject Cross-party group of MPs calling on Education Secretary to introduce measures to boost history teaching In 2010, fewer than 30 per cent of 16-year-olds at state schools did GCSE history | UPDATED: 01:47 GMT, 10 December 2012 Forgotten figure: Last year only half of English 18-24 year olds knew that Nelson led the Royal Navy to victory in the Battle of Trafalgar Schools should axe Labour’s citizenship classes and devote more time to British history studies, MPs will say today. The idea is one of a string of measures being put forward to reverse the decline in history teaching which has seen the subject all but disappear in state schools in some parts of the country. Research by the All-Party History Group found that fewer than 30 per cent of 16-year-olds in state schools were entered for the GCSE in 2010, compared with 55 per cent of pupils in grammar schools and 48 per cent in private schools.

The 100,000 degree: Middle class graduates face repaying more than three times the cost of fees

The 100,000 degree: Middle class graduates face repaying more than three times the cost of feesEnormous debt compares with repayments of 42,000 for richest graduatesIncluding living costs, average student debt predicted to hit 53,000 | UPDATED: 07:33 GMT, 10 December 2012 When Universities Minister David Willetts trebled the cap on tuition fees, he said a graduate would earn an average of 100,000 more over a lifetime. That figure appeared to justify many universities charging students 9,000 a year for their education.

Gove on "war footing" with teaching unions expected to launch industrial action

Gove on 'war footing' with teaching unions expected to launch industrial action over pay as he considers new anti-strike laws Reforms mean teachers’ annual rises of around 2,000 will be scrappedHeads will get freedom to dictate salary increases based on performanceEducation Secretary Gove believes reform would improve state educationMeanwhile Ed Miliband is set to wage war against Osborne's benefit cuts | UPDATED: 16:52 GMT, 9 December 2012 Battle: Education Secretary Michael Gove is considering new anti-strike laws as he moves on to a 'war footing' with the teaching unions Michael Gove is considering new anti-strike laws as he moves onto a ‘war footing’ with teaching unions who are expected to launch industrial action over the end of national pay deals.