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Examiners accused of being ‘politically correct’ as penalties for ‘offensive’ material double

Exam markers have been accused of being “politically correct”, as figures show as the number of pupils penalised for “offensive” material has doubled in a year. This year, 450 students were disciplined for including “inappropriate, offensive or obscene material” in their GCSEs or A-level exam scripts or coursework, up from 225 in 2018.   The …

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Playing in a brass band can help people overcome depression and anxiety

“There are so many bands out there and many are crying out for players, that you could be out every day of the week playing with some band. “This in turn will lead to great social interaction with people of similar musical interests.” Dr Michael Bonsor, from the University of Sheffield’s Department of Music, said: …

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Stranded strike passengers can make claims for hotel costs, South Western Railway confirms

The strikes began after talks between RMT and SWR broke down last week, over whether human guards should operate the opening and closing of train doors. As the strike got underway passengers complained of “dangerously overcrowded” carriages and “scrums” ensuing as commuters struggled to board trains. One passenger, Rachel Lonergan, tweeted SWR to say: “The …

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World’s most advanced ‘social robot’ hosts Bingo lessons in British care home

The world’s most advanced ‘social robot’ is hosting Bingo lessons in a British care home to improve the happiness and wellbeing of residents.  The robot, named Stevie, who was designed by a team from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, is currently in Reflections day centre in Camborne, Cornwall as part of a study. During his two …

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When is the general election 2019 and when will we know the results? 

If you can’t get to your polling station and you’d like someone to vote on your behalf, apply for a proxy vote by 5pm on Dec 4. To cast your vote in person, simply head to the local voting centre listed on your polling card.   Who are the candidates standing in my constituency? To find out who is …

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