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Student loan over-payments of £28m going unclaimed

More than £28m of over-payments on student loans in England are being held by the government, researchers have discovered.It is the result of cases in which repayments continued to be taken even though loans had been paid…

No-deal papers reveal council fears over food supply

Legal school meal nutrition standards may need to be amended, or discarded, in the event of a no-deal Brexit, according to internal local council planning documents seen by the BBC.The standards are designed to make sure…

Knife crime curfew plan for 12 year olds

Children as young as 12 could face curfews under Home Office plans to tackle knife crime.Courts in England and Wales will get extra civil powers to tackle concerns about people suspected of carrying bladed weapons and serious…

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Youth climate strikers allowed one school day off

Youth climate strikers are to be given permission to take part in protests for one authorised school day per year.However, Edinburgh councillors say no punishment will be levelled at pupils or parents if they choose to…

Students set clearing degree place search record

Some 364,380 UK students have found places on university degree courses, a day after A-level results came out.A record 17,420 of these found their places through the clearing service, which matches candidates with places…

Consented addresses for childminders and domestic childcare

Published 5 December 2018Last updated 14 August 2019 + show all updates 14 August 2019 Updated consented addresses for childminders and domestic childcare as at 31 July 2019. 12 July 2019 Updated consented addresses for childminders and domestic…

Stormzy funding two more Cambridge places

Grime star Stormzy has announced he will fund the university costs of two more Cambridge students.Stormzy will also continue to cover costs for the first two students to be supported by the scheme.The Stormzy Scholarship…

Celebrities call for more creative education

Stars from the arts world have joined industry leaders in urging the UK government to make creative education accessible to all young people.Sir Lenny Henry and model Adwoa Aboah have co-signed a letter championing…

A-level top grades dip to lowest since 2007

The proportion of students achieving the top grades at A-level has fallen to its lowest level for more than a decade, this year's results show.This year some 25.5% got an A grade or higher - the lowest level since 2007…

A-level grade boundaries leak ahead of results day

Details of A-level grade boundaries for all papers set by two exam boards have been leaked on social media a day before the results are published.The documents reveal that A-level maths candidates needed little more than…

How can you cut the cost of school uniform?

It's the time of year when many parents are buying their children's school uniform, which some say can cost more than £200. What can they do to make it cheaper?The cost of school uniformResearch by market analysts…

Labour plans to scrap predicted grades system

Labour says it would scrap the system of university places being offered on the basis of predicted grades and bring in a system of applying after results.The party says the allocation of places on predicted grades is…

Generation X 'peak' for deaths by drugs and suicide

People born in the 1960s and 70s stand out as the generation most likely to die by suicide or drug poisoning, data for England and Wales shows.The higher rate of fatalities began in the 1980s and 90s when people belonging…

The after-school tutoring club taught by industry professionals

The homework club was set up to provide young people with extra skills outside of school hours.

State-funded school inspections and outcomes: management information

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Business News

Why investors are making a loss to keep their money safe

Some of the world's biggest investors are so worried about the future of the global economy that they have taken the extraordinary step of paying for governments to look after their cash.They are nervous about a no-deal…

YouTube chicken star: Knife crime warnings racist

A YouTube star, famous for his reviews of chicken shops, has criticised the government's decision to feature knife crime warnings on takeaway boxes.Elijah Quashie - better known as the Chicken Connoisseur - told BBC's Wake…

Why US firms are desperate to retain ageing staff

Media playback is unsupported on your device When Roger Klug told his employer he was retiring, there was a shiver of panic among the bosses. Now 70 years old, Mr Klug is in his 47th year at Alexandria Industries,…

Vaping firm attracts fresh funding despite lawsuits

Investors have pumped another $325m into e-cigarette market leader maker Juul Labs despite growing health concerns and fresh legal action.The money will be used to finance the US company's global expansion at a time of…

Chancellor: I won't shift stamp duty to sellers

Chancellor Sajid Javid has said he has no plans to make house sellers rather than buyers pay stamp duty tax. "I wouldn't support that," the chancellor said in a tweet on Sunday.His comments came after the Times reported…

Lidl lines up suppliers to cover no-deal costs

Lidl's Irish business has reminded British suppliers they are expected to pay any EU import tariffs imposed on goods crossing borders after Brexit.Currently, as both countries are member states, no tariffs are paid.But…

Lime and soda? No thanks, say non-drinkers

The days of lime and soda are over. "Sugary, carbonated or fruit-based juice drinks just won't do" for those seeking a booze-free alternative.At least, that is the view of Seedlip, which claims to be making the world's…

Is Hong Kong's unrest scaring businesses away?

Hong Kong seemed an obvious place for co-founders Jamie Wilde and Taylor Host to set up their artificial intelligence start-up.They had lived there for several years and knew the financial hub well. "It's a business-friendly…

Share trading in London delayed by technical issue

Trading in the biggest shares listed on the London Stock Exchange was delayed for more than an hour, in the longest outage in more than eight years.Shares in the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 indexes were affected, although smaller…

Cathay Pacific boss quits after protest row

The chief executive of Hong Kong flag-carrier Cathay Pacific has quit after the airline became embroiled in the controversy over protests there.Rupert Hogg said he was taking responsibility as these had been "challenging…

Turkish army pension fund to buy British Steel

Turkey's military pension fund has reached a tentative deal to buy British Steel out of insolvency.The Turkish Armed Forces Assistance Fund (known as Oyak) says it plans to take over British Steel, which employs 5,000 people,…

The weirdest way to teach business

You can enable subtitles (captions) in the video player Will you, George Patterson, love and respect this woman, Josephine Cutter? Take care of her and good as in bad times until death divides you? My name is Ralf Wetzel. I'm a professor at…

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What has gone wrong with rail franchising?

The debate over the future of running Britain's rail network flared up once more this week.While the government tepidly defended its system, unions and passengers united to attack it as prices were hiked again above the…

'I don't want to struggle with the mortgage'

"We are heading for instability."Ian Rutter is a healthcare worker at a hospital in Harrogate, and he is very worried about the economic effects of Brexit.So much so, he has taken on more weekend agency work to set…

Madoff investigator accuses GE of $38bn fraud

A private financial investigator who flagged warnings about Bernard Madoff's $65bn Ponzi scheme is now targeting one of America's blue chip companies.In a 175-page report Harry Markopolos claimed General Electric (GE)…

Technology News

How I stopped my teenager being recruited online

A mother expressed her concern about extremist content poisoning the minds of boys as they use the internet, in a post that went viral. She thinks there are warning signs parents should heed. In an age where anyone…

The Pwn Star State: Nearly two dozen Texas towns targeted by tiresome ransomware

Officials suspect a coordinated extortion campaign Twenty-three towns in Texas have been targeted with ransomware in what appears to be a coordinated attack. On Friday, the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR), which handles state…

Behold, the quantum lawsuit in which both sides claim victory: Rimini St fails to bag $30m refund from Oracle

Order banning any further infringement stays, as does Big Red's legal bill The quantum legal battle between Oracle and Rimini Street continues, with an appeals judge this month confirming Rimini can't claw back the $28.5m it was forced to cough…

Canadian ISP Telus launches novel solution to deal with excess email: Crash your servers and wipe it all

Dell-EMC storage blunder leaves Canucks fuming for four days Dealing with email is possibly the most tedious daily exercise that the modern digital world has forced on us. But 13 million customers of Canadian ISP Telus have discovered that not…

Dear Planet Earth: Patch Webmin now – zero-day exploit emerges for potential hijack hole in server control panel

Flawed code traced to home build system, vulnerability can be attacked in certain configs Updated The maintainers of Webmin – an open-source application for system administration tasks on Unix-flavored systems – have released Webmin…

Generous Google gives Chrome users Inbox Zero: Sign-in outage boots own browser out of webmail, services

Baffling bug forces folks to use Safari, IE, etc A bizarre outage left unlucky Chrome users unable to sign into Google services, from Gmail to Google Docs to even Chromebooks, earlier today. Using Chrome in incognito mode, or using a non-Chrome…

Trump blinks again in trade war bluff-fest with China: Huawei gets another 90-day stay of US import execution

I want to get Huawei, I want to fry Huawei, yeah, yeah, yeah Uncle Sam today granted another "extension" to Huawei, allowing the Chinese equipment manufacturer to continue to buy and use American electronic components and software despite being…

World's biggest computer chip is here

A Californian-based start-up has unveiled what it says is the world's largest computer chip.The Wafer Scale Engine, designed by Cerebras Systems, is slightly bigger than a standard iPad.The firm says a single chip can…

Microsoft gets some jClarity on Azure Java workloads, swallows London-based firm

Write once, optimise everywhere amirite? Microsoft has snapped up London-based jClarity in an effort to bump up the performance of Java workloads on Azure. We're pretty sure that somewhere, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's brain just exploded,…

Four more years! Four more years! Svelte Linux desktop Xfce gets first big update since 2015

Hop from 4.12 to 4.14 fixes 'a boatload of bugs'. Hooray! In contrast to the frenetic pace of updates now typical in the software industry, the team behind Xfce, a lightweight desktop for Linux, have released version 4.14 nearly four-and-a-half…

US delays Huawei trade ban for another 90 days

The US Commerce Secretary, Wilbur Ross, has confirmed a ban on Chinese technology giant Huawei will not come into force for another 90 days.The US blacklisted the company in May because of national security concerns. Huawei…

Texas government bodies hit by ransomware attack

Hackers have infected 23 organisations connected to local government in the US state of Texas with ransomware.Officials indicated the attack over the weekend was co-ordinated.The Texas Department of Information said…

King's Cross investor seeks facial ID answers

A key investor in London's King's Cross development has told the BBC that it is trying to find out more detail about how facial recognition is being used in the area.The BT Pension Scheme (BTPS) bankrolled the site…

BBC News tries out Three's 5G for the home

Three has launched its 5G service for the home, initially available to residents of certain areas of London only.The network's UK chief executive, David Dyson, has previously said he believes 5G has the potential to…

Minecraft graphics to be more 'realistic'

Days after cancelling a long-delayed graphics update for Minecraft, Microsoft has unveiled a separate boost for the block-based game's visuals.The update improves the way light bounces around game scenes to make Minecraft…

E-Scooters: Should they be legal on public roads?

E-scooters and e-skateboards have been riding around many of the world's city streets. But while some countries have welcomed them, they are illegal to ride on public roads and pavements in the UK.Some riders are now calling for regulation rather…