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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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Johnson: Pushing for education until 18
Johnson: Education until 18 ends ‘spiral of despair’

Raising the school leaving age to 18 would tackle social problems and improve skills, the education secretary Alan Johnson said today. Outlining proposals for extending compulsory education until 18 years old, Mr Johnson claimed there is wide-spread support for such proposals. Research by the Department for Education and Skills found nine in ten people are… Read more »

Cameron to tackle "army of wasted talent"
Cameron calls for more action on disruptive pupils

The private and voluntary sectors should be more involved in educating the most challenging pupils, the Conservatives argued today. Visiting Spear, a skills and personal development charity in Hammersmith, the Conservative leader David Cameron argued that the current system of state-run Pupil Referral Units are ill-equipped for dealing with deprived or delinquent pupils. He pointed… Read more »