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Is your child's walk to school harming their health?

You may never have thought that something as simple as the walk to school could affect your child's health - but the route they choose to take may actually be having a serious impact on their well being.

The Supreme Court has begun hearing a landmark case over claims the government is failing to meet EU pollution targets.

Martin Stew's been to see how taking a quiet route home could be a lifesaver.


Child hunger having dramatic effect at London schools

A new report released today reveals that child hunger and poverty in London are dramatically affecting children's ability to learn.

More than 80 percent of teachers in London say that children are eating the wrong foods in the morning, and most say they can tell just by watching their behaviour at school.

The report, by charity Magic Breakfast, is part of the 'Feed Their Future' campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the impact of child hunger on education.

The charity's report found that an alarming number of children are not having a healthy breakfast Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

It also found:

  • Over a quarter of London teachers do not believe parents can identify what a nutritious breakfast is
  • Nearly 60% of children also do not know what a nutritious breakfast is
  • 23% of parents living in the city say that food is getting so expensive they have had to cut down on breakfasts
  • Up to 60% of parents let their children eat anything in the morning, just so they eat something

Welby to Launch Homophobic Bullying Measures

The Archbishop of Canterbury wants children to be protected from homophobic bullying Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The Archbishop of Canterbury will be in Lewisham today to launch measures to tackle homophobic bullying in Church of England schools. Justin Welby recognises what he terms 'particular challenges in this area' and insists pupils must be protected.

The Archbishop explained that the guidance was about "challenging schools to strive towards a deeply accepting environment for all their pupils".

Children vulnerable to drug misuse

Children as young as eight have been referred for specialist drug and alcohol treatment in Waltham Forest.

Charities are calling for improved drugs education in schools following an investigation by the Press Association that revealed the details.

Treatment experts said the most common reason for children to come into contact with drugs and alcohol is through their parents and preventative work is key to heading off misuse among youngsters.


More than 1,500 striking teachers march in London

More than 1,500 striking teachers marched in central London today in protest at Government changes to the education system. Demonstrators from the National Union of Teachers held banners reading "Gove Out" and wore T-shirts with the slogan "Stand Up for Education".

Credit: PA Wire

Morag Carmichael retired from full-time teaching four years ago but joined today's demonstration:

"We're here because we don't like what the Government is doing. The profession has got worse in a number of ways over my 24 years. The paperwork, workload, and hours are all issues now."

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Your views: Striking should be against the law

Get involved in the debate about whether you think teachers are right to go on strike over pensions and pay. Tweet us @itvlondon or go to our Facebook page

Toni Mfc Holmes Everyone suffers when teachers strike, children don't learn, the parents have to take a day off affecting their employers and business. They don't do anyone any favours striking. Striking should be against the law.

Helen Ellis So it's ok for them to strike and have teachers training day the day after the strike but dare a parent request a child have a day off then the parents are given a fine.

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