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Pocket money rises after years of falls

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


A seven-year fall in the amount of pocket money children receive has been reversed after figures for 2011 showed that the average amount has surged by 36p.

moneyThe yearly Halifax pocket money survey found that youngsters, on average, are getting £6.25 each week to spend this year, up by 6% on the 2010 figure of £5.89. This rise means that children have £18.72 more each year to spend.

Eight out of 10 children questioned said they receive money each week, the same level as last year. Boys (£6.41) were also found to get more pocket money than girls (£6.09).

The figure also showed that youngsters in London received the biggest weekly amount at £7.63, about £2.50 more than children who live in the south west of England.

Despite the increase in pocket-money levels this year, the total is still a long way behind the highest-ever average of £8.37 in 2003.

Science advice for GCSE students

Monday, August 15, 2011

More secondary school pupils should take three science GCSEs, it has been claimed.

 Business leaders think that not enough 14-year-olds who get high marks in science go on to take separate GCSEs in biology, chemistry and physics.

This has left many companies struggling to find people who have the right skills in science and maths.

Employers think that taking separate exams in biology, chemistry and physics can help pupils become confident enough to study them for their A-levels, or even at university.

They said those who take combined double science GCSEs might not feel ready to choose physics or chemistry when it comes to picking their A-level options.

Business group the CBI found that a third of industry leaders want schools to make pupils choose triple science for their GCSEs if they have shown that they are good at the subject.

The advice comes as teenagers across England, Wales and Northern Ireland prepare to collect their A-level results.

Daley sculpture greets tourists

Friday, August 12, 2011

Visitors to Heathrow Airport are being greeted by life-size sculptures of British competitors set to star at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

The special artworks have been made from wire and are modelled on 17-year-old diving champion Tom Daley and sprinter Jason Gardener.

The two sculptures have been made by British artists and will be on show at the airport until the end of September. They can be seen at Terminal 5.

Sarah Lewis, who works at the airport, said the sculptures "truly celebrate British sporting talent and artistic prowess".

Bosses said it was important to highlight achievements as the airport will be the first bit of Britain visitors see when they arrive to watch the Olympic Games.

A total of 30 Olympic sculptures will be on display around the country in the run-up to the Games.

Moss quote T-shirt advert banned

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

A website has been forced to remove an advert for T-shirts carrying a quote from supermodel Kate Moss.

Campaigners claimed the quote 'Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels' could lead to teenage girls developing eating disorders.

The Advertising Standards Authority ordered Zazzle to remove the advert for the clothes that featured Moss' controversial 2009 quote.

Her revelation that she lived her life by the slogan caused uproar, with critics saying it was irresponsible.

Campaigners claimed the slogan made being underweight seem desirable, who could lead to children developing an unhealthy relationship with food as well as body image issues.

Other models also spoke out against Moss over the slogan.

Katie Green, who helped launch the Say No To Size Zero campaign, said then: "There are 1.1 million eating disorders in the UK alone. Kate Moss's comments are likely to cause many more."

Cycling volunteer scheme launched

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Do you like riding your bike, and would you like to know more about it?

Well, a scheme has been launched by the British Cycling governing body to help teenagers get involved in cycling.

Racemakers has been launched in a bid to boost the knowledge of all things two-wheeled among young people aged between 14 and 18.

People taking part will learn more about bikes during a series of workshops, while also getting involved in volunteering at a local cycling club.

The scheme is being launched at the Olympic mountain bike test event at Hadleigh Farm in Essex, and the teenagers on it will learn about holding beginners' races in schools and the community.

It is thought that people taking part in the volunteer scheme could eventually get to work on events across the country and the world - boosting their sport achievement while making friends at the same time.

John Mills, of British Cycling, suggested that many young people will become interested in cycling during the 2012 Olympics, and that the scheme can help them find out more about their new interest.

He said: 'The Racemakers will be fantastic ambassadors for cycle sport and could become part of the next generation of national and international level organisers and officials.'