News round up: Parents of unruly children face £1,000 fines

Parents of unruly children face £1,000 fines

Parents could be hit with £1,000 fines if children regularly misbehave under plans to improve discipline in schools.

They may be hauled before the courts and served with “parenting orders” – forcing them to take action to keep unruly sons and daughters in line.
Read more on this story in The Daily Telegraph

Public sector pensions ‘cost £1.2tn’

The true cost of pensions for all current public sector workers has been estimated at £1.2 trillion — equivalent to 85 per cent of Britain’s GDP and worth £20,000 for every man, woman and child in Britain.

Read more on this story in The Times

Lambeth primary to take its teens to home counties boarding school

A south London primary is planning to set up a boarding school in the home counties to remove pupils from the “violent” streets of Brixton once they become teenagers.

Durand primary school, in Lambeth, is applying to become an “all-through” academy teaching children from three to 19, but from the age of 13 pupils will be transported to a new senior school built on the site of an old private school outside London, from Monday to Friday every week.

Read more on this story in The Guardian

Private prisons ‘performing worse than state-run jails’

Britain’s private prisons are performing worse than those run by the state, according to data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

The findings, based on the overall performances of 132 prisons in England and Wales, appear to undermine claims by ministers that the greater use of private jails is raising standards for the accommodation of more than 83,000 prisoners held across both sectors.

Read more on this story in The Independent

Scandal over teen abortions

Dozens of girls aged 12 and 13 are having abortions, shock figures have revealed.

And the number of schoolkids going for repeat terminations has hit record levels.

More than 450 under 14s had an abortion between 2005 and 2008, including 23 who had not reached their teens.

Read more on this story in The Sun

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