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More Grammar schools will "widen division"

Creating more grammar schools could lead to a bigger gap between rich and poor, according to a new report.

The warnings come ahead of the Government's controversial plans to expand the current grammar school system.

The findings suggest rather than aiding social mobility, current grammars are widening division.

Ian Fenn is Headteacher at Burnage Academy for boys in Manchester.

Files on codebreaker Alan Turing to go on show

Historic court files revealing the details of World War Two enigma codebreaker Alan Turing's convictions for homosexual behaviour are to go on public display for the very first time. He was recognised by many for his role in helping crack the Enigma code and bringing an end to World War Two. He took his own life after undergoing experimental chemical castration following a conviction for gross indecency in 1952 after he admitted a sexual relationship with a man.

Codebreaker Alan Turing Credit: ITV Granada

The sentence was eventually repealed and Turing was given a posthumous royal pardon after a major national campaign in 2013. The official court documents - on display as part of Chester Pride which launches on October 1 - list the charges, pleas and sentences passed on Turing during his sentencing hearing in Knutsford. They will be on public view at Chester Town Hall until Sunday, October 9.

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Cheshire village cuts emissions by almost a quarter

Ashton Hayes in Cheshire Credit: ITV Granada

Nearly ten years ago we visited a small Cheshire village where the locals were starting out on a very special journey.

People in Ashton Hayes had come together to do their bit in helping to fight climate change and become Carbon Neutral.

Well the world is watching Ashton Heyes - with news coverage all over Europe and in America. The interest is growing all the time - so let's remind ourselves what the project's all about from Tim Scott.

Walk or ride your bike instead of driving:

  • Not only is walking and/or cycling good for the environment, but it's great exercise too. Walking for half-an-hour burns up to 90 calories and riding your bike for half-an-hour burns up to 300!
  • Transport is responsible for around 20 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions in Europe

Be energy-conscious around the home and teach your family to be too:

  • Switch off the lights when you can
  • Wash clothes in cold or warm water
  • Hang clothes out to dry instead of using a tumble dryer

Try to choose renewable, cleaner power sources:

  • Ask your energy supplier to switch your account to clean, renewable power, such as from wind farms. If it doesn’t offer this option yet, ask how best to reduce emissions
  • Think about solar panels, the government has a number of schemes available to help people invest in solar powered energy

Be conscious about the journey your food has been through to get to you;

  • Buy organic and locally grown foods. Avoid processed items. Grow some of your own food. And eat low on the food chain - at least one meat-free meal a day - since 18 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions come from meat and dairy production.

Get informed and then inform your family:

  • There are a number of government websites that try to promote more awareness about carbon emission. Try Greenhouse gas reporting

Invest in a dishwasher:

  • Dishwashers use half the energy, one-sixth of the water, and less soap than hand-washing dishes, reports a German study. Just make sure it’s full before you run it

Put power strips around your home:

  • You can cut off power to chargers and small appliances when you’re done with them with power strips. Even if there’s no iPad or iPhone at the other end, chargers keep sucking energy from outlets.
  • You can pick them up for around £20 from most big supermarkets

Take you car to a car wash:

  • Full-service carwashes use 15 to 32 gallons of water per cycle compared to draining 10 gallons of water per minute when washing your car at home. If you must wash your car at home, do so on grass or gravel.

Use re-usable carrier bags:

  • Most people are doing it now, but putting a couple of re-usable carriers in your boot or your handbag will stop the usage of plastic carrier bags by thousands

Clutter clear out:

Instead of dumping your unwanted toys or household items, donate them to somewhere that will need them like children's homes or homeless centres.

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