Uncategorized

Image caption Cheryl Giovannoni: “We try to protect girls more than we should.” Parents and teachers should not “wrap girls in cotton wool”, an independent schools’ leader has said. Girls were not victims and were stronger and more feisty than they were often given credit for, said Cheryl Giovannoni, chief…

Read More

Image copyright Getty Images Strong global demand for fast fashion helped drive first quarter profits 18% higher for Inditex, the owner of chains including Zara and Pull & Bear. The Spanish firm reported a profit of 654m euros for the three months to 30 April, meaning staff shared a 42m…

Read More

Image copyright ERIC PIERMONT/AFP/Getty Uber boss Travis Kalanick plans to take time away from the company, and could return in a diminished role. It comes after a review of management and practices at the firm, which is facing a number of scandals including complaints of sexual harassment. Uber’s board on…

Read More

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Places pressure is being felt in secondary schools The proportion of 11-year-olds offered a place at their first-choice secondary school in England is the lowest since 2010, official figures show. This year, 83.5% of applicants received offers from their first choice schools, down from…

Read More

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The OU is proposing a radical overhaul to secure its future for the next 50 years Staff at the Open University are likely to face job losses as the institution launches “a radical overhaul”. A “root-and-branch review” aims to save £100m from an annual…

Read More

The typical home in the UK cost £220,100 in April, a rise of £3,500 on the previous month, official figures show. This was a £12,000 increase from the same month a year ago, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said, despite lenders reporting a relatively stagnant housing market. House prices…

Read More

Image copyright PA The rising cost of foreign package holidays and imported computer games helped to push the UK inflation rate up to 2.9% last month from 2.7% in April. The latest inflation rate is the highest since June 2013, and above the Bank of England’s 2% target. The Office…

Read More

Abusive or neglectful parents who blame their partner for their own child cruelty could face tougher sentences in new court proposals. The new sentencing guidelines in England and Wales say blaming others should be considered an “aggravating factor” when deciding a sentence. The change comes after many cases where one…

Read More

Image copyright Getty Images The pound has resumed its downward slide as investors continue to react to the political uncertainty following last week’s shock UK election result. Sterling had stabilised in early trade, but by late afternoon had dropped 0.66% against the dollar to $1.2659 and fell 0.73% against the…

Read More