Mixed report for Scots education in world rankings

But it offers one way of comparing the education systems in different countries and can influence policymakers. Pisa tests: UK rises in international school rankings Scotland’s performance in the Pisa data published in 2016 caused a political row, with Scotland was classed as “similar to the OECD average” in all three subject areas for the first time. At the time, Mr Swinney said the results made for uncomfortable reading and showed that radical reform was needed. How did Scotland rate this time? Scotland’s scores in the 2018 Pisa assessments were “above the OECD average” in reading and “similar to the OECD average” in maths and science. Scotland’s score in reading rose from 493 in the last data to 504 this …

Two killed in London Bridge stabbing attack

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhat happened in London Bridge incident? Two members of the public have died and another three people were injured in a stabbing attack at London Bridge, the Met Police’s commissioner has said. Cressida Dick told a press conference the stabbing attack, which has been declared a terrorist incident, began at an event at Fishmonger’s Hall. Within five minutes of being called officers confronted the suspect – who was shot dead by police – she said. The suspect was wearing what is thought to have been a hoax explosive device. He was a former prisoner and convicted of a terrorist offence, sources have told the BBC. Details of what happened are still emerging, …

Freeman did not make child infection death public

She said: “I deeply regret not only the death of their child. In any circumstance that has to cause a pain that I can’t possibly imagine, but I also deeply regret that they feel they haven’t been given the information that they have a perfect right to receive and are entitled to. “They have my commitment to act to ensure that situation does not happen to parents in the future. “I don’t regret honouring patient confidentiality. But upholding patient confidentiality does not mean I don’t act on the information I am given.” Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Labour MSP Anas Sarwar described the allegations as a ‘scandal’ He added: “This devastating death has been covered up since September. Jeane …

Sinn Fin receives almost 500k more from will

It will be recorded in an updated version of the Electoral Commission’s list of political donations due to be published at the end of the month. Mystery donor ‘could yield more’ for party “Nothing to see” in William E Hampton donation When details of Mr Hampton’s donations emerged, questions arose about his mental health. Image caption Dave Morton was a friend of Billy Hampton Up until his death he had led a nomadic existence living in a camper van and travelling around the UK, Europe and further afield. Mr Hampton made his will in 1997 when he was living in a caravan in County Cavan. According to a copy of it, the executors and trustees were former IRA chief-of-staff Joe …

Chiropractic patient neck break ‘rare and unusual’

‘Gentle manipulation’ Mr Lawler had come to her at the end of July for an initial assessment complaining of aches in his legs. She was told Mr Lawler had back surgery a decade ago for spinal stenosis and had metal rods inserted in his lower back. Mrs Scholten said despite this she believed she could relieve some of his pain by what she described as “gentle manipulation”. “I did think I could help. I would never start care unless I thought I could help,” she said. Mrs Scholten said treatment involved a hand-held activator, which applies a light pressure to the patient, and dropping a section of the treatment table to “stretch” the joint tissues. On the 11 August she …

Castle wall collapse ‘catastrophic’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionA section of wall at Lewes Castle collapsed into a neighbouring garden The collapse of Lewes Castle’s boundary wall has been described as “catastrophic” by a Historic England inspector. Rebecca Lambert said she was “deeply saddened” by the news and the group would be “offering advice and support” to those responsible for the wall. About 600 tonnes of rubble fell from the 11th Century structure into a neighbouring garden on Monday. East Sussex County Council said the site was under “multiple ownership”. Firefighters used sniffer dogs and a drone to search through the rubble amid fears people could be trapped. Image copyright Eddie Mitchell Image caption The wall formed part of the …

Brexit Party will not contest eight Welsh seats

He said standing in Tory-held seats would have increased the chances of another EU referendum, and would focus instead on taking seats off Labour. Brexit Party rules out standing in Tory seats Lib Dems, Greens and Plaid agree election pact What is tactical voting He had previously pledged to field more than 600 election candidates across Britain and on Friday he told BBC Wales the party would contest every Welsh seat. Nathan Gill, one of the party’s MEPs in Wales, told BBC Wales the Prime Minister Boris Johnson had made an important concession by committing to strike a trade deal with the EU without “regulatory alignment”. “We have been very magnanimous,” he added. “It has been a very difficult decision …

Stalking victims charity given funding

Action Against Stalking (AAS) said the cash would help to develop and deliver training for services and organisations working with those who had been targeted. It said as cases became increasingly complex, greater understanding of victims’ needs was required across the justice system and beyond. ‘Exciting opportunity’ Ann Moulds, AAS chief executive, said she believed the money would make a difference to many lives. “It provides an exciting and essential opportunity for Scotland to continue to lead the way in advancing the recognition of and response to stalking,” she said. The Scottish Crime & Justice Survey 2017-18 reported that, in 2016-17 and 2017-18 combined, 11.1% of adults experienced at least one type of stalking and harassment in the 12 months …

‘More volunteers needed’ to save farm shows

“The committee is very concerned that there’s a lack of a new generation of young people to come forward and take over our different roles within the committee,” he said. “It’s not just our show – there’s many shows throughout Britain that are facing the same issues. “As we get older we want to retire, some of us have been at it a very long time and it’s very difficult to get replacement people to join the committee and run these particular sections, and it’s very important for the farming calendar that the shows maintain their momentum.” Related Topics Caernarfon Wales agriculture Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

‘Love is not enough’ when adoptions break down

Some names and details have been changed to protect the identity of the interviewees. ‘I needed treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder’ Image caption Claire said “the most vulnerable children in society are placed with our families and then social services and the local authority just walk away” Claire felt like she was unable to keep her adopted daughter safe. “The police would bring her in through the front door, she would climb out of her window and the police would be looking for her again,” she said. On two occasions she had to call the police because her daughter was destroying items in the house, smashing windows and being threatening. “Police reports show that they could hear her screaming and …

‘Step in to save Thomas Cook,’ ministers urged

What’s gone wrong at Thomas Cook? Thomas Cook clients fear ruined weddings and trips Why Thomas Cook might struggle to book a bailout He said in a letter: “It is incumbent upon the government to act if required and save this iconic cornerstone of the British High Street and the thousands of jobs that go with it. “Thomas Cook can be a highly successful business and must be given every opportunity to flourish. I urge you to stand ready to assist Thomas Cook with real financial support.” Shadow business secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey said “all viable options” for saving the travel giant should be explored. She added that “the government must consider stepping in and taking an equity stake to avoid …

Loyalist parades pass off ‘without incident’

Trouble has marred a series of recent events in Glasgow. In early September, officers were called to clashes between marchers and protesters in the Govan area. The following week, a police officer was injured by a pyrotechnic as two Irish republican marches were met by loyalist counter-demonstrations. The counter-demonstrations at both marches were quickly contained by police, who had deployed about 400 officers in riot gear and mounted police. Eleven people were charged for a variety of offences. Can Glasgow ban all marches over sectarian fears? Five Glasgow marches banned over sectarian disorder fears Police told a meeting of Glasgow City Council that cancelling the marches could lead to protest and that policing plans for either would be similar. The …

New information in 1999 teen murder probe

“They have had 20 years where they should have been feeling guilt and horror about what they’ve done,” she said. Image caption Victoria left the Bandbox in Felixstowe and walked the two miles home to Trimley with her friend Victoria Hall was a ‘typical girl’ Related Topics Felixstowe Trimley St Mary Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Children ‘not weapons against terrorism’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSimon Byrne denies suggesting children could be used as “weapons” to fight paramilitary crime Suggesting the children of paramilitaries could be taken into care “caused a distraction”, the chief constable has said. Police Service of Northern Ireland chief Simon Byrne made the suggestion at a conference on Wednesday. Following criticism, he said on Thursday that he was “not suggesting children can be used as weapons in the fight against paramilitary crime”. Sinn Féin’s Gerry Kelly called the original remarks “unacceptable”. “The safety and welfare of children must always be paramount, they can’t be used as pawns in a wider strategy to ‘deter’ paramilitaries in their anti-community activity,” said Mr Kelly. Image copyright …