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It’s Guinea Pig Appreciation Day!

It’s Guinea Pig Appreciation Day!

Guinea Pigs are an underappreciated pet – no hear us out – so what better way to celebrate their cute little noises, cute little noses and even cuter little faces than telling you a bit about them on Guinea Pig Appreciation Day? Guinea Pigs are sweet and naturally have a very gentle temperament, which makes… Read More…

How to treat insect bites at home

How to treat insect bites at home

If you’ve had a chance to flick through the latest edition of Family Matters, you will have spotted our article on how to look out for tick bites when you’re enjoying the great outdoors during the summer. As there has been reports of an influx of calls to the non-emergency NHS number regarding insect bites, here… Read More…

Lower birth rate to ease England’s school place race

Lower birth rate to ease England’s school place race

The Government has said that the pressure on school places in England is likely to ease slightly sooner than expected thanks to a lower birth rate than forecasters had anticipated. Although pupil numbers will continue to rise over the next few years, the rate of increase is slowing. The Department for Education has cut its… Read More…

New bus service contracts awarded in Bath and North East Somerset

New bus service contracts awarded in Bath and North East Somerset

New contracts, to run many council-supported bus services in Bath and North East Somerset, have been awarded following a public consultation, review and competitive tender. From September 2 the majority of existing supported bus routes across Bath and North East Somerset will remain the same while a few services will be restructured to give better… Read More…

Childline reports more children coming to them about loneliness

Childline reports more children coming to them about loneliness

In a report by the BBC, they have revealed data from Childline that shows a 14% rise in children calling the charity to seek help for loneliness. In 2017/18, the charity delivered 4,636 counselling sessions on loneliness, compared to 4,063 the year before. Nearly 80% of sessions went to girls. Some said watching their friends socialise without… Read More…

Should all schools offer a gender neutral uniform?

Should all schools offer a gender neutral uniform?

Research undertaken by The Times newspaper has shown at least 40 schools across the country now have a gender-neutral uniform that includes trousers but not skirts, and others are consulting on a similar ban. One school that decided to ban skirts and keep pupils in more gender neutral uniforms was Priory School, in Lewes, East Sussex. They… Read More…

UK has hottest June on record

UK has hottest June on record

It has been reported that the UK has just experienced the hottest June on record for Northern Ireland and Wales, and the fourth-hottest for Scotland and England based on 24-hour mean temperatures, the Met Office said. The average maximum daytime temperature of 19.9C (67.8F) was the joint second-hottest, tied with June 1976 and just behind… Read More…

Summer competition for KS1 and 2 children

Summer competition for KS1 and 2 children

from you to me, a family-run publishing company with family at the heart of their award-winning journals and gift books, are aiming to help parents keep their children using their imagination and putting pen to paper during the summer holidays with their My Summer Rant & Rave competition. Running for 8 weeks from Friday 6th July… Read More…

School Pride event cancelled after parent protests

School Pride event cancelled after parent protests

A Primary School in London was forced to cancel a Pride event and hold it in private because of a backlash from parents. Heavers Farm Primary School had invited families by letter to watch the “Proud to be Me!” parade on campus. It said it wanted parents join in celebrating “the rainbow of things that… Read More…

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