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Schools rely on parents to pay for basic equipment

Growing numbers of primary and secondary schools are relying on parents to pay for basic equipment their children need for school.

Despite being told that record amounts of money is being spent on children's schooling by the Government.

As budgets become increasingly tight, schools are reluctantly asking mums and dads for cash.

Our Social Affairs Correspondent Christine Alsford reports.

Christine spoke to Headteacher Pat Kerton, Steve Gray from the Parent Teacher Association and Emma Knights, the CEO National Governors' Association.

VIDEO REPORT: major improvements promised

South West Trains will be taken over by its rival operator First Group later this year.

It is the second largest franchise in the country with 650,000 passengers using it every day.

Chinese company MTR will provide a £1.2 billion pound investment to the franchise.

750 new carriages and faster journey times are promised.

It's hoped this means good news for passengers.

Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse reports.

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Mike spoke to Steve Montgomery from First Group, the Transport Secretary Chris Grayling and Anthony Smith from Transport Focus.

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Flybe fined for sending millions of unwanted emails

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Airline Flybe has been fined £70,000 for sending millions of marketing emails to people who did not wish to receive them.

An investigation by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) found 3.3 million unwanted emails were sent.

The airline, which has a large base at Southampton Airport, sent the emails in August last year.

The email advised people to amend any out of date information and update their marketing preferences.

It also offered recipients to be entered into a prize draw if they updated their preferences.

The ICO warned UK firms to respect customers' data wishes.

Sending emails to determine whether people want to receive marketing without the right consent, is still marketing and it is against the law.”

“The company deliberately contacted people who had already opted out of emails from them.”

“Businesses must understand they can’t break one law to get ready for another.”

– Steve Eckersley, Head of Enforcement, ICO

Headteacher warns of school 'funding crisis'

An Oxfordshire headteacher has warned that her school and others like it face a funding crisis that will mean bigger class sizes and extra work for teachers.

Catharine Darnton, of Gillotts School, in Henley-on-Thames, says she's already made huge cutbacks.

Teachers today raised their concerns at the Association of School and College Leaders conference, saying they may have to move to a four day week, or ask parents to donate cash.

Sam Holder takes a look at what it means for schools and their pupils.

Sam spoke to the headteacher at Gillotts School, Catharine Darnton, science teacher Simon West and the headteacher of Forest School Mary Sandell who was speaking last month.

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Original Ford Escort could fetch £250,000

The Ford Escort could fetch up to £250,000 Credit: Bonhams

Auctioneers Bonhams have an interesting item up for sale later this month. It's a ‘ready to race’ sports car - a 1968 Ford Escort Twin Cam Competition Saloon, and it could fetch up to £250,000. Top speed is 150 mph!

The car was one of the six original Escorts that Ford loaned to the Alan Mann Racing Team to compete in the British and European Touring Car Championships.

Driven by Jackie Oliver, founder of the Arrows racing team, the car currently meets all FIA regulations and weighs just 878kg without driver. With many destroyed in active service and the majority of others in museums or private collections, works Ford competition rarely come to the market and almost never in such exceptional condition.

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