Does CCTV make children safe?

More than 200 schools, including 42 in the South East, are using CCTV cameras in toilets or changing rooms. Is it sensible or intrusive?

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More education for young drivers says RAC

by Derek Johnson (@derekjohnsonitv)

It's a chilling fact that parents of young drivers fear the most: teenage motorists are more likely to be involved in a car crash than any other age group. That's despite the fact that those youngsters make up only a very small number of drivers.

The RAC say if new licence restrictions for inexperienced drivers were brought in, every year more than 43 people could be prevented from being injured or killed. Derek Johnson reports, speaking to mother Denise Tegg and safety expert Wale Yusuff.

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Branded uniforms keeping costs 'unnecessarily high'

Schools minister David Laws has said the cost of school uniforms was often "unnecessarily high" at a time when family budgets were being squeezed. Speaking as the Liberal Democrat conference gets under way in Glasgow, Mr Laws added:

Costs at the start of a school term can quickly add up, particularly for families with several school age children. School uniforms can be an important sign of identity and pride, but at a time when many family budgets are squeezed parents should not be forced to spend more than they need to.

We will send a strong signal to schools that it is vital to secure value for money for parents before changing or introducing new school uniforms. Parents need to be able to shop around to find the best deal.

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Schools told to avoid branded uniforms to cut bills

The coalition is urging schools to avoid branded uniforms to cut bills for hard-pressed parents.

Schools minister David Laws said the cost of clothing was often "unnecessarily high" at a time when family budgets were being squeezed.

Families on the poverty line are expected to spend up to two fifths of their August income on back-to-school costs Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire

An Office of Fair Trading investigation last year suggested that three quarters of schools placed restrictions on where uniforms could be bought.

That typically added £5 to the price tag for each item, leaving parents an estimated £52 million a year worse off.

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