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New Natural History GCSE will ‘engage and inspire’ young people, says BASC

BASC has said a new Natural History GCSE will help support the decision makers of the future steer the natural world for years to come. The new GCSE – which is set to launch in September 2025 – has the potential to engage thousands of schoolchildren each year by tackling topics such as conservation, sustainability, species interactions, climate change and… Read more »

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Review of dog microchipping regulations underway

The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) will be pushing for “meaningful improvements” within a Defra-published public consultation on a series of proposals to the dog microchipping regulations. The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations were introduced in 2015 to increase re-unification rates of lost and stolen dogs, benefiting dog welfare and saving local authorities… Read more »

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Gove: Tougher and smarter
Tories: Make teachers tougher and smarter

By politics.co.uk staff Teachers should be better educated before they are given classes, the Tories have suggested. In a keynote speech outlining the party’s education policies, shadow educations secretary Michael Gove also said teachers would be given more robust powers to deal with pupil misbehaviour. “A Conservative government will give every child the kind of… Read more »

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Manifesto Group: Too young for racism
Playground spats ‘blown into racism’

By Ian Dunt Playground spats are being blown into instances of full-blown racism, a civil liberties group has found. The Manifesto Group said there have been 250,000 racist incidents in schools since 2002, but that the requirement to catalogue them wastes teachers’ time and exaggerates childhood behaviour. The group’s report, The Myth of Racist Kids,… Read more »