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School leavers 'expect to be on benefits'

One in five teenagers receiving their GCSE results in the Midlands next week could be receiving unemployment benefit by the time they are 21.

According to a report by the Prince's Trust, thousands of young people who get poor grades are giving up on their ambitions.

Students taking their GCSEs Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Prince's Trust and Sheffield University have based their predictions on trends seen during previous recessions. Last year, in England alone, around 250,000 young people left school with fewer than five good GCSEs, including Maths and English.

As a result of its research, the Prince's Trust is launching a new skills development programme for young people called Get into Hospital Services. It will also be extending its Get into Social Care, Get into Youth Work and Get into Hospitality schemes.

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Head teacher found dead at school

An investigation is underway after a head teacher's body was found at a primary school in Worcestershire.

Helen Mann,who was in her 40s, was pronounced dead yesterday at Sytchampton Endowed First School near Stourport-on-Severn.

Police say the death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious.

In a statement issued by Worcestershire County Council, the school's chairwoman of governors, Stephanie Gait, said:

"It is with great sadness that we confirm the passing of our head teacher, Helen Mann.

"We offer our deepest sympathy to Helen's family, friends and colleagues.

"We have taken the decision to close school today and tomorrow and are working with the local authority to provide support to staff and pupils."

– Stephanie Gait
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