Coach scare for sixty West Sussex schoolchildren forced to flee after bus is gutted in engine blaze on way to New Forest


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Coach scare for sixty schoolchildren forced to flee after bus is gutted in engine blaze on busy main road Three children taken to hospital with smoke inhalationParents called to pick up sons and daughters from school Cafe staff look after pupils during wait for second coach to arrive By Diana Hargreaves PUBLISHED: 16:18 GMT, 25 January 2013 | UPDATED: 17:05 GMT, 25 January 2013 A coach transporting 55 schoolchildren and 11 teachers and helpers on a day trip was today evacuated after fire broke out in the engine. The blaze took hold, burning fiercely and destroying the interior after all the 55 pupils, five teachers and six helpers had left the double decker, Three children from Storrington First School, in West Sussex, were taken to Worthing Hospital by ambulance to be treated for smoke inhalation

Pupils aged just TWELVE given nicotine patches by nurses on visits to schools without telling their parents


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Pupils aged just TWELVE given nicotine patches by nurses on visits to schools without telling their parents The patches are available to pupils from NHS nurses making fortnightly visits to schools in Essex Fears the patches could become a 'status symbol' among young schoolchildren By Kerry Mcdermott PUBLISHED: 10:48 GMT, 24 January 2013 | UPDATED: 07:57 GMT, 25 January 2013 Addiction: The NHS has been dishing out nicotine patches to schoolchildren as young as 12, it has emerged (FILE PHOTO) Nicotine patches are being handed out to schoolchildren as young as 12 on the NHS without their parents' knowledge, it has emerged. Nurses employed by NHS South West Essex have been distributing patches to young pupils during fortnightly visits to schools, where they speak to children confidentially

Teachers shouldn"t use red coloured pens to mark homework "because it"s like shouting and upsets pupils"


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Teachers shouldn't use red coloured pens to mark homework 'because it's like shouting and upsets pupils' Students think they are being marked more harshly if it's written in redTeachers should use more neutral colours like blue, say researchers at University of Colorado in the U.S'I think it's a rather silly idea,' chairman of Campaign for Real Education By Steve Robson PUBLISHED: 13:13 GMT, 17 January 2013 | UPDATED: 16:05 GMT, 17 January 2013 Researchers at the University of Colorado found students think they have been marked more harshly if it is written in red ink Teachers should stop using red pens to mark homework and tests because it could upset schoolchildren, U.S researchers say. A study showed students think they've been assessed more harshly when their work is covered in red ink compared to more neutral colours like blue. Sociologists Richard Dukes and Heather Albanesi from the University of Colorado told the Journal of Social Science: 'The red grading pen can upset students and weaken teacher-student relations and perhaps learning.' In 2008, hundreds of schools banned teachers from using red ink to correct work because they considered it 'confrontational' and 'threatening'

Homeless drug users SLEEPING inside graves after pushing stones off the top of tombs


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Homeless SLEEPING inside graves at Cambridge cemetery after pushing stones off the top of tombsFamilies of those buried there want to see the troublemakers were removedSquatters seen drinking in graves and letting their dogs run wildThey were also accused of intimidating schoolchildren nearby | UPDATED: 08:11 GMT, 1 January 2013 Homeless drug users were seen pushing the stones off the top of tombs and using them as beds for the night. Horrified passers-by spotted the disrespectful squatters sitting in the graves in Mill Road Cemetery, Cambridge, while injecting themselves and drinking. The site has been plagued by drunkenness, littering, drug taking and reports of the homeless people defecating on the plots over recent months.

Gadgets blamed for 70 per cent leap in child speech problems in just six years


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Gadgets blamed for 70 per cent leap in child speech problems in just six yearsRise blamed on screen-based gadgets and games as 'electronic babysitters'Department of Education study finds 135,700 children had difficulties in 2011Children's charity says 1.2million youngsters have communication problem | UPDATED: 01:04 GMT, 28 December 2012 Challenges: Findings from a Government-funded study show that the number of schoolchildren needing help for speech and language difficulties rose 71 per cent between 2005 and 2011. The rise has been blamed on the growing use of gadgets The number of children with speech difficulties has leapt 70 per cent in six years, according to a new study. As many as 1.2million youngsters are now estimated to struggle with speech

"I want to live": Extraordinary courage of rape victim who lost intestines in horrific attack on Indian bus as police use tear gas on her…


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‘I want to live’: Extraordinary courage of rape victim who lost intestines in horrific attack on Indian bus as police use tear gas on her supportersVictim is writing notes to her family as she fights for life in hospitalProtesters clash with police as they try to march on presidential palaceSupporters calling for the death penalty for rapists | UPDATED: 23:09 GMT, 22 December 2012 A 23-year-old student who was brutally gang raped by up to seven men has told her family she wants to live as protests rage in India's capital in response to the attack. Thousands of demonstrators have clashed with police after they tried to march to the presidential building in New Delhi, throwing stones while tear gas was fired in retaliation. Inside the Intensive Care Unit at Safdarjung Hospital, the young victim has been communicating with her parents by scrawling notes on a piece of paper as she battles to stay alive.

More winter health misery as the flu season kicks off


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More winter health misery as the flu season kicks off, with schoolchildren worst affected Cases highest in children aged five to 14, says Health Protection AgencyNorth East England appears to be worst affected area of the country Doctors given the green light to prescribe antivirals to those who need themThose in at-risk groups yet to be vaccinated are urged to have flu jab | UPDATED: 10:07 GMT, 21 December 2012 The winter flu season has kicked off, parents have been warned, after an increase in the number of school children falling ill with the infection The flu season has begun, parents have been warned, after an increase in the number of children aged five to 14 falling ill. Doctors were yesterday given the green light to prescribe antiviral medication to those who need it and people most at risk of the infection were urged to have a flu jab. Dr Richard Pebody, head of seasonal flu surveillance at the Health Protection Agency (HPA) said: 'We are seeing an increase in flu activity mainly among school children indicating the start of this year's flu season.' Flu cases in children aged five to 14 have doubled in the past week to reach almost 17 cases per 100,000.

Nancy Lanza"s chilling instructions to babysitter: "Never turn your back on Adam"


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'Never turn your back on Adam': Nancy Lanza's chilling instructions to babysitter before he watched 'gifted killer who could not feel physical pain' Ryan Kraft described Adam as very intelligent, quiet and introvertedRequired extra supervision at school from a physical disorder which meant he could not feel painHis mother would sometimes have to be summonsed to deal with himA school psychologist was assigned to monitor Adam full timeFederal agents say there is no evidence that Lanza went to a firing range in recent months to practice for the shooting When he was freshman at high school he was flagged to the school security chief She withdrew him when he was 16 after ongoing disputes about his careNancy planned to move to North Carolina or Washington state so she could enroll him in another college Governor implies that school gunman Adam Lanza killed himself and may have been stopped in his tracks before he could kill more people | UPDATED: 23:16 GMT, 17 December 2012 Killer: Adam Lanza shot and murdered 27 people Friday, 20 of them schoolchildren The babysitter who watched the Sandy Hook Elementary school killer Adam Lanza when he was nine-years-old was warned by mother Nancy to never turn his back on the child, not even to go to the bathroom.

Newtown massacre: "There are no more alive," officer said… there was a guttural wail of pure despair


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'There are no more alive,' Police officer's terrible words… followed by a guttural wail of pure despair | UPDATED: 11:58 GMT, 16 December 2012 For more than an hour, amid mass panic and confusion, scores of frantic parents raced to Sandy Hook Elementary School, desperate to find out if their children had survived the massacre

Prince Charles tells schoolchildren that mad King George III is monarch he most respects


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Prince Charles tells schoolchildren that mad King George III is monarch he most respects The Prince of Wales spoke to schoolchildren while on tour of Pimlico Academy, London, to mark 10th birthday of the Prince's Teaching Institute While visiting the academy, Prince Charles laughed as he tried his hand at playing the steel drums By Steve Nolan PUBLISHED: 20:51 GMT, 11 December 2012 | UPDATED: 22:22 GMT, 11 December 2012 Anniversary visit: Prince Charles shares a joke on a visit to Pimlico Academy to mark ten years of the Prince's Teaching Institute Infamous for 'losing' America and going mad during his reign, George III has hardly gone down in the annals of history as the finest monarch ever to grace the throne. But Prince Charles, the man who is of course next in line to the crown, told school pupils that the King who reigned in the 18th and early 19th century is the monarch he most respects