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Calderdale birdsong featured in new therapeutic recordings

The songs of moorland bird species have been recorded in the Calderdale area as part of a new campaign to provide their unique sounds to local care homes. The Moorland Chorus recording will be used as a therapeutic tool for those no longer able to easily access the uplands. Organised by the British Association for Shooting and… Read more »

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Deliver achievable clinical negligence reform without delay, says MDU

The House of Commons Health and Social Care Select Committee has published the report of its inquiry into NHS litigation reform. The Medical Defence Union (MDU) engaged closely with this inquiry, submitting written evidence. The MDU welcomes the publication of today’s report but cautioned against too much focus on fundamental and complex structural change, at… Read more »

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Diplomas 'will stretch brightest'
Diplomas to be made more academic

The highest level of diplomas will be worth four and a half A-levels, the government announced today. The move, which extends the diploma’s value by one whole A-level, comes as the government is under pressure to prove the academic vigour of its new qualifications. Extended diplomas are due to come into force in 2011 but… Read more »

Exam results will be logged for life
Concerns at life-long pupil database

A life-long database tracking the progress of every school child is set to be created by the government. Exam results of every 14-year-old are set to be logged on a nationwide database known as Managing Information Across Partners (MIAP), allowing universities and employers to check applicants’ qualifications at any point in the future. Under the… Read more »