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Firearms licensing service improved after criticism

The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) has been made aware that several firearms licensing departments that had previously stopped grant applications have revised their policy after criticism from BASC, press coverage and intervention by MPs. Licensing departments in North Yorkshire, Thames Valley, Kent and Northamptonshire had all previously announced that grant applications for… Read more »

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MPs: Schools need to recognise subtler forms of bullying
MPs urge more guidance on bullying

Schools should not blame the victim for bullying, by encouraging them to change their behaviour or excluding them for retaliation, a report has warned. The Commons education and skills committee expressed concerns some schools’ anti-bullying policies focus on how victims can change their behaviour. MPs also queried the policy of excluding victims from lessons on… Read more »

Johnson: Raise school leaving age to 18

The education secretary today outlined proposals to require all young people to remain in education until their 18th birthday. Mr Johnson argued there is a “compelling” economic imperative to raise the school leaving age, in what would be the most radical change since 1972. A shortage of low skilled jobs and the demands of global… Read more »