Michael Gove: Long school summer holidays should be consigned to history


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Long school summer holidays should be consigned to history, Gove declares as he warns of more strikes by teaching unions Education Secretary calls for longer school days and shorter holidays Warns Britain is not keeping pace with other countriesUnions accused of putting teachers' needs before children By Matt Chorley, Mailonline Political Editor PUBLISHED: 14:01 GMT, 18 April 2013 | UPDATED: 16:29 GMT, 18 April 2013 Education Secretary Michael Gove said children needed longer school days and shorter holidays to keep pace with other countries The traditional long summer school holiday is a relic of the 19th century and must be consigned to history, Michael Gove declared today. The Education Secretary said it was wrong that terms were still scheduled for a time when children were needed to help out on farms and most mothers stayed-at-home. And he warned of more strikes ahead, accusing unions of lacking ambition and putting the needs of teachers before those of children in their care.

Nick Clegg calls stay-at-home mums "noble": He"s so condescending say campaigning mothers

He still can't get it right! Clegg calls stay-at-home mums 'noble': He's so condescending say campaigning mothers He said parents who decided to stop work had made a ‘noble’ decisionBut he claimed that they had not been hammered by Coalition taxesSpeaking on radio show a week after being ambushed live on-air Single mother said describing mothers as noble is 'condescending' Deputy PM floundered when presented with figures from OECD report , compared with 26.2 per cent in 2009, before the Coalition was elected. The international average is 26.1 per cent.

What economic crisis? Wedding bill rises to 22,000 (and bank of mum and dad foots much of the bill)


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What economic crisis Wedding bill rises to 22,000 (and bank of mum and dad foots much of the bill) Average cost has risen by more than 7,000 in a decade Number of guests has fallen by seven per cent from 101 to 94More than half of couples admit they share cost of big day with parents By John Stevens PUBLISHED: 23:26 GMT, 27 March 2013 | UPDATED: 00:13 GMT, 28 March 2013 Counting the cost: The average wedding bill is now almost 22,000 (file photo) Any groom will know that there are some things you just don’t mention to a stressed-out bride.

Son found guilty of sawn-off shotgun "execution" of his parents for 230,000 inheritance after they survived car crash he staged to kill them


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Son found guilty of sawn-off shotgun 'execution' of his parents for 230,000 inheritance after they survived car crash he staged to kill themStephen Seddon shot Robert, 68, and Patricia, 65, with a sawn-off shotgun Four months earlier he tried to kill the couple by staging a fake road crash He drove into a canal with them strapped in the back seats of a carFound guilty of two counts of attempted murder and two counts of murder By Anthony Bond PUBLISHED: 15:19 GMT, 27 March 2013 | UPDATED: 17:59 GMT, 27 March 2013 A man with an 'insatiable thirst' for money is facing life in jail today after being found guilty of the cold-blooded 'execution' of his parents for a 230,000 inheritance. Convicted fraudster Stephen Seddon, 46, shot his parents Robert Seddon, 68, and Patricia, 65, with a sawn-off shotgun at their suburban home in Sale, Greater Manchester.

Kate Middleton and sister Pippa, the child stars of Uncle Gary Goldsmith"s first wedding, pictured as bridesmaids


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Kate and Pippa, the child stars of Uncle Gary's first wedding: Sisters pictured as bridesmaids By Rebecca English PUBLISHED: 23:02 GMT, 19 March 2013 | UPDATED: 09:36 GMT, 20 March 2013 She grew up to become one of the world's most famous brides. Eighteen years earlier however, the Duchess of Cambridge was starring at another wedding

Budget 2013: Backlash grows over plan to penalise mothers who don"t work


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An insult to stay at home mothers: Backlash grows over Budget plan to penalise mothers who don't workCritics described plan as a 'slap in the face' for stay at home mothersA Government briefing was inadvertently published yesterdayThe document, designed to help press officers rebuff criticism, was removed By Jason Groves and Becky Barrow PUBLISHED: 23:12 GMT, 19 March 2013 | UPDATED: 08:57 GMT, 20 March 2013 Mothers who stay at home to look after their children do not need as much financial help as those who work, according to the Treasury.

Headmaster at a 30,000 a year elite school has condemned pushy parents for putting too much pressure on their children


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Headmaster at a 30,000 a year elite school has condemned pushy parents for putting too much pressure on their children Headmaster Richard Harman thinks students are under too much pressureHe argues that pushy parents and teachers cause long term damage Harman, from the Uppingham School in Rutland, said they need to be prepared for the difficulties of life beyond school By Jaymi Mccann PUBLISHED: 02:07 GMT, 3 March 2013 | UPDATED: 02:24 GMT, 3 March 2013 The headmaster at an elite public school has called on teacher and parents to stop putting students under too much pressure to get good grades. Richard Harman, from the elite Uppingham school in Rutland, said that teenagers need to be shown how to cope in other areas of their lives, not just in the exam hall. He argues that the pressure they feel put under when young could cause 'long term damage'

Family of schoolboy, 9, who was found hanged at home claim he was hounded to his death by Asian bullies for being white


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Family of schoolboy, 9, who was found hanged at home claim he was hounded to his death by Asian bullies for being whiteAaron Dugmore, nine, found hanged at Birmingham home by his motherBelieved to be Britain’s second youngest 'suicide' caused by bullyingThe schoolboy was rushed to hospital but died of suspected cardiac arrestFamily claim Aaron was being tormented by bullies at his new schoolPolice are investigating the circumstances surrounding Aaron's death By Suzannah Hills and Steve Nolan PUBLISHED: 16:54 GMT, 24 February 2013 | UPDATED: 17:46 GMT, 24 February 2013 Tragic: The devastated mother of nine-year-old Aaron Dugmore uploaded the last photo she ever took of her son to Facebook after she sound him hanged at their Birmingham home The parents of a nine-year-old boy who was found hanged in his bedroom have claimed that their son killed himself because of racist taunts from Asian bullies. Aaron Dugmore died in hospital 24 hours after his mother Kelly-Marie found him hanged at their Birmingham home earlier this month. And Miss Dugmore, 30, and husband Paul Jones, 43, spoke out today about the bullies who allegedly taunted him for 'being white'.

Pregnancy photos: The awkward pregnancy photos from parents who embarrass their kids before they"re even born


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Now parents told to snoop on their child"s Facebook: Expert warns of online picture risk


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Now parents told to snoop on their child's Facebook: Expert warns of online picture riskParents should stop children uploading intimate photos of themselvesPhotos of children kissing or showing their flesh should be taken down Warning comes after PM's adviser urged parents to read children's textsFigures show a rise in reports of incidents relating to online grooming Children Exploitation and Online Protection Centre received three a day there were 1,145 public reports relating to incidents of online grooming – or three a day.