Fewer students find university places through clearing, figures show 

Fewer students have found university places through clearing, figures from this year’s school leavers have shown. More than 13,000 applicants have been accepted on to degree courses through the annual process – down 24% on the same point last year. The figures come the day after students across England, Wales and Northern Ireland received their … Read more Fewer students find university places through clearing, figures show 

Boris Johnson appears to FORGET the age of baby Wilfred during chat in Northern Ireland

Boris Johnson appears to FORGET the age of baby Wilfred during chat in Northern Ireland as he reveals his son is starting to ‘vocalise’ and ‘goes out like a light’ when put to bed Boris Johnson, who rarely speaks on private life, revealed son Wilfred doing well PM said the baby is starting to ‘vocalise’ … Read more Boris Johnson appears to FORGET the age of baby Wilfred during chat in Northern Ireland

Coronavirus UK: 13 new fatalities in preliminary daily death toll

Another 13 people have died of Covid-19 in England’s hospitals but no-one else has died of the illness in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, officials revealed today. Scotland today marked four full weeks without a single death from coronavirus north of the border, according to its official government statistics. A full round-up of the total … Read more Coronavirus UK: 13 new fatalities in preliminary daily death toll

Poorer pupils are worst hit by A-level results fiasco with 10% seeing marks downgraded

Key statistics in this year’s A-level results  The proportion of candidates receiving top grades is the highest on record. A total of 27.9% of entrants scored either an A or A*, up from 25.5% in 2019. Some 9.0% of entrants received an A*. This is another record high, and is up from 7.8% last year. … Read more Poorer pupils are worst hit by A-level results fiasco with 10% seeing marks downgraded

Coronavirus: UK deaths and cases on Thursday

Another 13 people have died of Covid-19 in England’s hospitals but no-one else has died of the illness in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, officials revealed today. Scotland today marked four full weeks without a single death from coronavirus north of the border, according to its official government statistics. A full round-up of the total … Read more Coronavirus: UK deaths and cases on Thursday

Reported Missing viewers left ‘sickened’ and ‘uncomfortable’ by police’s ‘accusatory tone’

BBC viewers have criticised the ‘uncomfortable’ moment a police officer questioned whether a missing veteran with PTSD was actually a ‘fantasist’ who faked his service after finding out that he is being targeted by ‘Walter Mitty’ hunters. Reported Missing, which aired last night at 9pm on BBC One, followed the disappearance of Blue Apple Veterans Association charity … Read more Reported Missing viewers left ‘sickened’ and ‘uncomfortable’ by police’s ‘accusatory tone’

Nearly 40% of A-levels are downgraded

Thousands of pupils’ results have been downgraded after this year’s summer exams were cancelled because of Covid-19 despite record-high results. The proportion of A-level entries awarded an A grade or higher has risen to an all-time high, with 27.9 per cent securing the top grades this year, figures for England, Wales and Northern Ireland show. … Read more Nearly 40% of A-levels are downgraded

250,000 anxious A-level students take to social media as they prepare to get results today

Teenagers have been fretting and sharing their nerves on social media as they wait to find out their A-level results. Beleaguered students across the country are waking up to their grades amid last-minute changes to appeals, with around one in four entries expected to be awarded the top marks. Around 300,000 school leavers in England, … Read more 250,000 anxious A-level students take to social media as they prepare to get results today

Cuts to stamp duty sparks 45% rise in first-time buyers

Rishi Sunak‘s stamp duty cuts have sparked a surge in the number of home buyers and prompted an all-out bidding war as people fight to get on the property ladder.  The Chancellor last month gave prospective buyers a shot in the arm as he raised the threshold on stamp duty from £125,000 to £500,000 for those … Read more Cuts to stamp duty sparks 45% rise in first-time buyers

Coronavirus UK: 7 new fatalities in preliminary daily death toll

A further seven deaths from the coronavirus have been confirmed in Britain today, with six in English hospitals and one in Northern Ireland. The preliminary count, which will be updated by the Department of Health later this afternoon, takes the total so far to 46,581. The number of new confirmed cases will also be confirmed … Read more Coronavirus UK: 7 new fatalities in preliminary daily death toll