Should sex and relationship education be compulsory in primary schools?

Listen to the cry for help from children

– Maria Miller speaks on children's desire to learn about sex and relationship education

More than eight in 10 Britons think sex and relationship education should be compulsory in schools, according to new research. The finding comes as the Government faces increasing calls for the classes to be mandatory amid growing evidence young people are facing widespread sexual harassment and abuse.

Former minister for women and equalities Maria Miller will call for compulsory sex education in primary and secondary schools and to not allow parents to withdraw.

Maria told us: "By the time children have reached 10 or 11 they would have seen pornography online for the first time, and one in five would have been subject to cyber bullying."

Could burnt food increase the risk of cancer?

Over cooking is harmful

– Dr Hilary

Roasting and frying starchy foods could increase the risk of cancer, a Government body has said. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has issued a public warning over the risks of acrylamide - a chemical compound that forms in some foods when they are cooked at high temperatures (above 120C).

We were joined by Dr Hilary who told us the FSA can't tell exactly how much exposure is needed to get cancer, but he did leave us with advice to reduce the risk:

  • Cut down exposure by not overcooking
  • Store raw potatoes in cool dark places, not the fridge
  • Follow the instructions on packaged food, it is designed to minimise exposure

Top five headlines you’re waking up to

  1. A huge week for the Prime Minister Theresa May as she prepares for her first real Brexit challenge - the Supreme Court's decision on Tuesday on triggering Article 50, becoming the first world leader to meet America's new President Donald Trump and, today, launching her vision of Britain's post-Brexit industrial strategy. The prime minister was repeatedly pressed about whether she would tackle the US president on Friday about sexism after up to 2 million people joined women’s marches around the world on Saturday to protest against the new president. More than 80,000 people gathered in London.

  2. Roasting and frying starchy foods could increase the risk of cancer, a Government body has said. The Food Standards Agency has issued a public warning over the risks of acrylamide - a chemical compound that forms in some foods when they are cooked at high temperatures (above 120C). A new campaign tells people how they can cut their risk, including opting for a gold colour - rather than darker brown - when frying, roasting, baking, grilling or toasting. Acrylamide is found in high levels in a range of foods including breakfast cereals (not porridge), chips, potato products (such as waffles or children's potato shapes), biscuits, crackers, crispbread and crisps.

  3. More than eight in ten Britons think sex and relationship education should be compulsory in schools, according to new research. The finding comes as the Government faces increasing calls for the classes to be mandatory amid growing evidence young people are facing widespread sexual harassment and abuse. Former minister for women and equalities Maria Miller will call for compulsory sex education in primary and secondary schools and to not allow parents to withdraw.

  4. More than 40 drivers were caught every hour during a police crackdown on illegal mobile phone use behind the wheel. Officers handed out 7,966 fixed penalty notices for the offence in a week-long campaign in November. The tally - equivalent to a rate of more than 1,000 every day, and 47 an hour - is the highest yet for a week of enforcement on "distraction driving".

  5. The rise of computers may eventually kill off handwriting but, for now, there are still some aficionados out there who refuse to put their pens down. But what does your handwriting say about your personality? Research by the National Pen Company in the US claims handwriting can give clues about 5,000 personality traits.

William and Kate set to become full-time Royals

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children are set to move to London this summer after he announced plans end his role as a pilot with the East Anglia Air Ambulance to commit to his royal duties full time.

In a statement released by Kensington Palace the Duke thanked the people of East Anglia for their support during his two years in the role and for "letting me get on with the job when they have seen me in the community".

"Following on from my time in the military, I have had experiences in this job I will carry with me for the rest of my life, and that will add a valuable perspective to my Royal work for decades to come."

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Prostate cancer: the biggest leap in decades

It's been called the biggest leap in decades. The latest prostate cancer breakthrough gives new hope to men suffering from the deadly condition. Suspected prostate cancer sufferers can undergo an initial MRI scan to improve detection of aggressive forms of the disease.

The initial MRI scan can potentially do the following:

  • Double the number of tumours caught
  • Reduce the number of men having biopsies by 27%
  • Reduce the number of men who are diagnosed with a cancer that later proves harmless by 5%
  • Save money for the NHS

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Superhero single mum

I never had a good education, I didn’t even have A-levels

– Rosalind Brotherton

Today we were joined by inspirational single mother-of-three, Rosalind Brotherton, who went from serving food to youngsters to becoming headmistress of a school. Rosalind told us about the remarkable journey she embarked upon after the break-down of her marriage and her incredible rise to a headteacher position.

Rosalind revealed she never had a good education growing up and after graduating from Open University in 2005, joined her school as a trainee teacher. She proves it's never too late to achieve your dream and encourages other people to follow what they love to do; "if I can do it, anyone can".

Watch the full interview here.

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Top five headlines you’re waking up to

  1. 45th U.S. president - Donald Trump will be sworn into office at 5pm today. The day traditionally begins with the president-elect attending a morning worship service, before the outgoing president accompanies the president-elect to the U.S. capital for the swearing-in ceremony, which is followed by the Inaugural Address from the new president. America's Got Talent runner-up Jackie Evancho sings the national anthem, with performers also including the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and The Radio City Rockettes. Attendees include UKIP's Nigel Farage, Trump's election opponent Hillary Clinton, former presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter, and Laura Bush.

  2. Six Britons have been killed in a road crash in Saudi Arabia. Four members of the same family including a two-month-old baby boy were killed as they returned from a pilgrimage to Mecca. Several other Britons were on the bus, which had 12 people on board, were injured.

  3. Could this be the biggest leap in prostate cancer diagnosis yet? Suspected prostate cancer sufferers should undergo an initial MRI scan to improve detection of aggressive forms of the disease and reduce the number of men undergoing unnecessary biopsies, a study has found. The report, published in British medical journal The Lancet, estimates an MRI could help 27% of men avoid an unwarranted biopsy, during which a small sample of tissue is removed from the body for examination.

  4. An avalanche has buried a mountainside hotel in central Italy and up to 30 people are missing. The avalanche came after four earthquakes struck the region on Wednesday, prompting officials to close schools and the subway system in Rome, about 100 miles to the southwest, as a precaution.

  5. The British Airways 72-hour strike continues. Two and a half thousand cabin crew working for British Airways Mixed Fleet long and short haul flights out of London Heathrow airport are in a dispute over what Unite has labelled "poverty pay". This follows a two-day walkout last week. The staff represent 15% of the airline's total cabin crew fleet. The airline says it plans to merge a small number of short-haul services at Heathrow, and cancel 1% of its scheduled flights across the three days.

The heartwarming inspiration behind Hollywood hit

I opened my mind and autonomously transcended

– Saroo Brierley on finding his mother using Google and his memories as a five year old

The film Lion tells the extraordinary true story of Saroo Brierley, who at five years old was unwittingly carried 1,000 miles by train from his village home in India to Calcutta.

Not knowing where he had come from, or how to get back, he was taken to an orphanage and adopted by an Australian couple. But he never forgot his Indian family and 25 years later, after spending six years scouring Google Earth, he found some landmarks he recognised which led to him finding his mother.

Saroo joined us live from Sydney to tell us about his incredible journey to rediscover his past and the emotional moment he reconnected with his mother.

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