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Over half of UK parents disagree with the Government that all schools should be Academies

Over 60% of parents in England disagree with the Government that all maintained schools should become academies, new research has found.  A study by HCSS Education, a leading education finance specialist, found that a significant 61% of parents did not want all schools to convert to academy status, as outlined by David Cameron in his vision for the schooling system.

Airport parking and hotels (APH) compare Airline policies for children flying alone

With many children flying alone to visit family and friends over the February half-term holidays, Airport Parking & Hotels (APH) has created a guide comparing airline policies for ‘unaccompanied minors’ to help families plan ahead. The research can be found in the Know Before You Go section of the APH website at

5 year olds eat and drink their body weight in sugar every year

A new campaign has been launched to encourage parents to get “Sugar Smart” and take control of their children’s sugar intake. The Change4Life campaign follows revelations that four-to-10 year olds consume over 5,500 sugar cubes a year, or around 22kg - the average weight of a five-year-old.

Five ways to give your bank balance a boost over the Christmas period

Energy bank

From switching gadgets off stand-by, to turning your thermostat down by just one degree, small changes at home can make a big difference to your bank balance over the festive season.  With December being the most expensive month of the year, uSwitch’s Consumer Expert, Tom Lyon has detailed his five top tips to help you make big savings this winter:

Give your dog the best nutrition you can this Christmas

Healthy Dog

As we prepare for Christmas, it’s important that we remember to keep our pets safe during the festive period. Indulgent human food can be toxic for our four-legged friends, so while we may think a bone or gravy may be a special treat, it could have serious consequences for the health of our dogs.

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