Are pupils praised too much in the classroom?

It's often said that encouragement goes a long way but a new study suggests that lavishing praise on pupils is unlikely to help them improve in the classroom. In stead there is a risk it can leave youngsters feeling that their teacher had low expectations of them in the first place.

So we want to know what you think. Are pupils praised to much? Do you think that parents should be careful of praising too much?

Let us know your thoughts and get in touch via Twitter and Facebook or email by 8am on Friday 31 October. You must be 18 and over, for full terms and conditions visit

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Calories in common alcoholic drinks

Calls for clear and concise calorie labelling on alcoholic drinks have revealed the overwhelming number of people who do not know how much they are really drinking.

Calories in alcohol:

  • Large white wine - 200 calories
  • One bottle of alcopop - 150 - 170 calories
  • A pint of beer - 180 calories
  • Double gin and tonic - 150 calories

The Royal Society for Public Health found drinkers consumed an average 400 less calories on a visit to a pub when the calorie content of drinks were visible.

Calorie labelling on alcohol 'could cut obesity'

Clear calorie labelling on alcoholic drinks could help reduce the UK's growing obesity problem, health experts have claimed.

Some 80% of adults were not aware of just how many calories were in a glass of wine, and 60% did not know many were in a pint of beer, the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH).

The health experts warned one glass of wine had the same amount of calories in it as a glass of wine. Now the RSPH wants drinks manufacturers to put calorie labels on products like wine, beer, alcopops and sprits.

Two in hospital after fireworks factory blaze

Two men are in hospital and one remains unaccounted for after an explosion at a fireworks factory in Stafford. One man had been hospitalised with severe burns, the other had suffered from smoke inhalation and a back injury.

Staffordshire Fire Service said the fire was now under control and they would resume efforts to find the one person still missing in the morning. Local residents were urged to stay indoors.