Teacher Tracey Smith receives 70k compensation after she was unfairly sacked for pruning a tree

Teacher receives 70,000 in compensation after she was sacked for pruning a tree without a risk assessmentShe was also accused of handing out an inappropriate sanction to a childBosses at the secure children's unit said she didn't get on with colleaguesBut Tracey Smith was awarded the maximum 70,000 compensationShe is still jobless after being placed on the 'dismissed persons register'She says the suspension and sacking have 'destroyed her career' By Chris Brooke PUBLISHED: 16:09 GMT, 23 January 2013 | UPDATED: 02:07 GMT, 24 January 2013 . A teacher has been awarded 70,000 compensation for being unfairly sacked over allegations including pruning a bush without following health and safety procedures. Tracey Smith, 44, was tidying up a courtyard and used a saw to cut back an overgrown buddleia.

Women drinkers "pass on bad habits to their teenage children"

Women drinkers 'pass on bad habits to their teenage children' | UPDATED: 00:07 GMT, 10 December 2012 Mothers who drink heavily risk passing down their bad habits to their children, warns a think-tank. Teenagers whose mothers ‘always’ drank were nearly twice as likely to have alcohol problems in adulthood, it said. The authors added that ministers should focus more on parenting instead of minimum pricing to tackle binge drinking

Worrying teenage trend for self-harming sparks sharp increase in calls to Childline

Worrying teenage trend for self-harming sparks sharp increase in calls to ChildLine Child hospital admissions caused by ‘intentional harm with a sharp object’ up 132 per cent in a decadeCharity blames growing family problems for spike in self-harming among the young | UPDATED: 13:30 GMT, 5 December 2012 Children are turning to self-harm as a result of deepening family problems, a leading charity said yesterday. The number of children and teenagers who have asked for help after considering hurting themselves with knives or drugs has gone up by two thirds in a year, ChildLine said

Takeaway worker jailed for leading gang attack which left teenager with shocking facial injuries

Takeaway worker jailed for leading gang attack which left teenager with shocking facial injuries Ali Haydor punched Daniel Stringer-Prince before the gang took overUnprovoked attack left teenager with lasting injuries, including damage to sight in one eye | UPDATED: 18:39 GMT, 3 December 2012 A takeaway worker who led a gang attack which left a teenager with a fractured eye socket has been jailed for two years. Ali Haydor, 22, punched Daniel Stringer-Prince, 17, at least twice before a gang of youths continued the assault, repeatedly kicking and punching the victim in the head.

Backlash over university access tsar"s attack on "snobbery" that see schools focus on elite institutions

Backlash over university access tsar's attack on 'snobbery' that see schools focus on elite institutions | UPDATED: 23:21 GMT, 2 December 2012 The Government’s access tsar faced calls to quit yesterday after he claimed it was ‘dreadful snobbery’ to make schools focus too much on elite universities. Professor Les Ebdon said teenagers should not feel pressured to apply for the most academic courses when they might be better suited to an apprenticeship or vocational degree. But his comments started a row with Labour’s former schools minister, Lord Adonis, warning he wasn’t sure if Professor Ebdon was ‘fit to hold his post’ as director of the Office for Fair Access

Arguing parents can give a child teenage depression

Arguing parents can give a child teenage depression Children and teenagers who saw arguments were significantly likelier to have mental health problemsResearchers have now devised a test to identify those at risk of depression so children can be helped earlier | UPDATED: 00:38 GMT, 29 November 2012 Children who often see their parents having rows are at risk of depression, experts have warned.

The moment that Anders Breivik planted his bomb: Never before seen CCTV footage shows mass murderer parking van that killed eight in Oslo

The moment that Anders Breivik planted his bomb: Never before seen CCTV footage shows mass murderer parking van that killed eight in Oslo Breivik wearing security guard's uniform walks away from bomb inside vanCCTV footage captures significant damage caused by the device last yearAfter bomb exploded, Breivik got into second van which he drove to Utoya | UPDATED: 00:22 GMT, 27 November 2012 This is the chilling moment mass murderer Anders Breivik walks away from his van in Oslo before a bomb inside it explodes killing eight people and injuring dozens. Never before seen CCTV footage also captures the devastation the device caused in July 2011, which was planted by the 33-year-old Norwegian. Breivik, wearing a security guard's uniform, is seen parking his white van at the entrance of a Government building that housed the Prime Minister's offices.