I’ll quit before my job kills me – teacher

“I am getting out before the job kills me.” ‘No life any more’ Another unnamed respondent said: “My job is no longer about children. It’s about a 60-hour week with pressure to push children’s data through.” More than half of respondents said their work-life balance had got worse in the past year, with one teacher saying: “With a young family, and despite working part-time, I have come to realise that a job in education is not conducive to family life.” Abuse of teachers leading to ‘millions’ in compensation Teachers to be offered cash to stay in school Teachers tired of pointless emails Another said: “My personal life doesn’t exist any more.” And the outlook was negative for a substantial minority …

Lloyd’s calls time on drink and drugs

Lloyd’s is made up of thousands more people and independent operators. The organisation says there are about 40,000 pass holders who have access to the building. Now, anyone deemed under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be barred from the building. Security guards will have the right to confiscate passes of anyone breaching the new rule. The on-site bar will become a coffee shop. A hotline is being set up to expose bad behaviour. Anyone found responsible for sexual harassment risks being banned for life. Lunchtime pints But not everyone sees this as the answer. “The problem has been exaggerated and the response is unnecessary,” says a smoker loitering not too far from Lloyd’s landmark building. Tom wouldn’t give …

Who might replace Darcey on Strictly?

A professional Latin American dancer, Oti joined Strictly in 2015 as dance partner to Olympic boxer Anthony Ogogo. Image copyright Getty Images The former Pussycat Doll joined last year’s Strictly line-up as a contestant after two years as a judge on ITV’s Dancing on Ice. She trained in ballet, tap, modern and lyrical dance, and her often flawless performances led some viewers to claim her experience gave her an unfair advantage. But that training as well as her experience in showbusiness and as a TV judge could all count in the 36-year-old’s favour when Strictly producers fill Dame Darcey’s seat. Alfonso Ribeiro Image copyright EPA Another Pussycat Doll, Nicole won Dancing with the Stars, the US version of Strictly, in …

Doctors call for drug supply clarity

“Stockpiling is just one part of our multi-layered approach to minimise any supply disruption, which includes alternative transport routes,” a spokesman said. “We are confident that, if everyone does what they need to do, the supply of medicines should be uninterrupted in the event of a no deal.” The BMA, which represents doctors across the UK, said it was vital for patient safety that medics were informed about which drugs were being stockpiled and which might be affected by a no-deal Brexit. “Only if there is clarity on the availability of medicines can GPs, consultants, pharmacists, nurses and health care professionals plan and deliver effective patient care,” said Dr Andrew Green, the BMA’s GP committee clinical and prescribing lead. “If …

UK plans social media and internet watchdog

The paper suggests: establishing an independent regulator that can write a “code of practice” for social networks and internet companies giving the regulator enforcement powers including the ability to fine companies that break the rules considering additional enforcement powers such as the ability to fine company executives and force internet service providers to block sites that break the rules Outlining the proposals, Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright said: “The era of self-regulation for online companies is over. “Voluntary actions from industry to tackle online harms have not been applied consistently or gone far enough.” Discussing potential penalties on BBC Breakfast, he said: “If you look at the fines available to the Information Commissioner around the GDPR rules, that could be up …

‘Ban painful headlocks in child prisons’

Compliance The Ministry of Justice commissioned Charlie Taylor, chairman of the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales, to carry out a review of restraint. This came after a children’s rights group, Article 39, lodged an application at the High Court for a judicial review of the practice. That action has been stayed pending the outcome of the report. Article 39 director Carolyne Willow said: “Mandating adults in positions of authority to deliberately hurt children, and running training courses that show exactly how to inflict severe pain, is institutionalised child abuse. There is no other way to describe it. “These techniques should have been completely withdrawn after the terrible death of Adam Rickwood.” Adam Rickwood took his own life in …

Question Time accused of bias over move

Skip Twitter post by @bbcquestiontime There’s a new venue for #bbcqt this week. We’ll now be coming from Dulwich in London. We’d love to have you in the audience. You can apply via the link here👇https://t.co/XEvbNs4LlQ pic.twitter.com/kPqKqcoj5r — BBC Question Time (@bbcquestiontime) April 2, 2019 Some Twitter users took to the platform as the show aired on Thursday to say a panel comprising northern politicians should have been sought if MPs were unwilling to travel from London. Bolton ‘dumped’ Others suggested the BBC was guilty of “demographic management” and “bias”. Skip Twitter post by @CanonImages15 Why did #BBCQT move this weeks program from Bolton to London. Demographic management is such an ugly accusation to make but !!!!! — Alan Fraser …

Police cannot ‘arrest’ violent crime away – PM

The youth violence summit, which focuses on England and Wales, will involve more than 100 experts, including Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick and Baroness Newlove, the victims’ commissioner for England and Wales. Opening the event, the PM said: “In recent months we’ve seen appalling number of young lives cut short or devastated by serious violence crime including a number of horrifying incidents this weekend. “In many cases the perpetrators of these crimes are as young as their victims and this is something that has to be of deep concern to us all.” The prime minister has previously faced criticism after insisting there was “no direct correlation” between police cuts and a rise in violent crime. Plans for teachers to tackle …

Small garden birds ‘hit by Beast from East’

In the last 10 years however, their numbers appear to have increased by 10%, suggesting at least a “partial recovery” is happening over time, experts said. An RSPB spokesman said: “Over its long lifetime, the survey has shown the increasing good fortunes of birds such as the goldfinch and wood pigeon and the alarming declines of the house sparrow and starling. “But there appears to be good news for one of these birds.” He said the figures for sparrows over the past decade gave experts hope that “at least a partial recovery may be happening”. Top three Big Garden Birdwatch birds 1. House sparrow: Cheerful exploiters of human rubbish who have managed to colonise most of the world. Image copyright …

Big university gender pay gap revealed

This is the second year that both public and private sector companies have been required to report their gender pay gap figures. Want to find out the gender pay gap where you work? Try the calculator below. How big is the pay gap at…? Type in a company name below …for every £10 the average man earns… …the average woman takes home [[PercOfMen]] Number of companies by pay gap >50 25 0% 25 >50 If you cannot see the calculator, please click here The public sector employs 5.3 million people, representing about one-sixth of the UK workforce. Many universities also report a high bonus gender gap – the difference between what men and women are paid in bonuses. The University …

TV GP ‘prescribes’ fortnight Fortnite ban

His message has been retweeted more than 350 times and liked by more than 3,000 people, with many commenting that they would like a similar prescription for their child. Skip Twitter post by @DrAmirKhanGP The best prescription I gave today was to an 11yr old lad “No Minecraft or Fortnight for two weeks, doctors orders!” Addictive computer games impacting his life I even wrote it on a prescription pad and signed it! Good luck to the pharmacist who gets that!😂#ThursdayThoughts — Dr Amir Khan GP (@DrAmirKhanGP) March 28, 2019 Los Angeles-based Mr Adair set up Game Quitters after battling an addiction to gaming that saw him playing up to 16 hours a day. He said gaming addiction “can be devastating” …

Bookmakers pull new games after criticism

The Betfred game involved two cyclists on a screen in shops racing on a velodrome track with numbers on it. When the cyclist at the rear catches the one in front, the number they are on is the winning number. The numbers are 1 to 36, mirroring those on a roulette wheel, and other bets can be placed on odd or even numbers, colours, rows and columns. Customers could bet up to £500. Paddy Power’s game, with a maximum stake of £100 – the level before this week’s FOBT rule-change – also involved betting on numbers between 1 and 36. Act responsibly Ahead of the commission’s intervention, both firms drew fire from critics. Shadow culture minister Tom Watson described them …

Connie Constance: ‘British blood ain’t all the same’

“We’re all from these different cultures now really,” she explains, “but there are so many things that we’re so in line with, no matter where you are from, or whether you are left or right. “So that’s kind of my tune that represents how I’m feeling and how a lot of people I think are feeling about what’s going on with the Brexit thing,” adds Connie, in the type of plain-speak that has arguably been missing over at Whitehall. Report End of Youtube post by ConnieConstanceVEVO Image Copyright ConnieConstanceVEVO ConnieConstanceVEVO Report End of Youtube post 2 by ConnieConstanceVEVO Image Copyright ConnieConstanceVEVO ConnieConstanceVEVO Image copyright Getty Images & Sohpie Jones Image caption Watford’s finest: Sir Elton John, Connie and Anthony ‘AJ’ …

‘It’s like Uber, but for haircuts’

Darren grew up in Brixton, south London, where his mother worked as a cleaner and his father as a security guard; they had arrived from Ghana in the 1980s and had dreams of him becoming a banker, lawyer or accountant. University was always part of the plan for him, but when the time came, he wasn’t sure which one would feel right. It was a barber shop that helped him decide. “It sounds silly, but the fact that there was an Afro-Caribbean black barber immediately when I got out the railway station at Brighton, to visit the University of Sussex, made me think instantly, ‘I could be OK here, I could feel at home,’” Darren says. Afro-Caribbean hair is different …

King’s charter found in college library

He said the document was carefully prepared and written in what was known as a “court hand”, probably by a member of the king’s government department or chancery. Image copyright Ushaw College Library Image caption Ushaw College Library is regularly used by visiting scholars Prof David Cowling, pro-vice-chancellor for arts and humanities at Durham University, said: “For one of our visiting fellows to identify an item from the collection as a previously uncatalogued medieval royal charter is a wonderful example of the benefits and advances that can be made by working and exploring our archives together.” The bishop’s charter, recording the original grants to Simon, is also held at Durham, allowing the two original documents to be compared and studied …

140m of Asian gold stolen in UK since 2013

Some police forces – such as Gwent and North Wales Police – were unable to provide data but have previously warned that Asian families were being specifically targeted in their areas. ‘Family heirlooms’ stolen Police officers said that in some of the burglaries victims owned large amounts of jewellery, but that was not always the case. In Cheshire, police set up a dedicated team to work with members of the community after a series of Asian gold-related burglaries. Officers tracked groups of criminals who were working across the North West, into north Wales and the Midlands. Their operation led to a number of convictions. But Aaron Duggan, head of crime at Cheshire Police, said one of the challenges they face …