THOUSANDS of pupils missed out on five GCSEs in traditional subjects last year after schools failed to enter them for the courses.

At 175 state schools, pupils were denied their chance to attain the new English Baccalaureate, official figures show.

To achieve the “Bacc”, a student must be awarded at least a C grade at GCSE in English, maths, science, history or geography, and a modern or classical language. The exam is regarded as a key measure of academic success because of its focus on core subjects.

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Moshi Monsters plans move into online children's TV

Moshi Monsters, the UK social networking website for children, has revealed plans to move into online television with a free iPlayer-style service.

The website, which started in 2008, invites children to adopt a monster, play games and communicate with each other. The online TV player, Moshi TV, will include cartoons of popular Moshi characters, or "moshlings", such as Lady Googoo, Dustbin Beaver and 49 Pence, as well as animations uploaded by users. 

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More help needed for anorexic children, say experts

The Independent has reported: Urgent action is needed to identify children suffering from eating disorders which have a death rate similar to childhood leukaemia, medical experts say. Anorexia and bulimia are traditionally seen as a problems of adolescence but evidence suggests they are starting earlier in childhood.

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Child payment cuts to hit a million homes

The Telegraph reports: Around 55,000 single parents will lose their child benefit as a result of government cuts, a parliamentary answer has disclosed.

A further 125,000 families with one earner and a stay–at-home parent will also be hit, according to David Gauke, the Treasury secretary.

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Caring for a coeliac just got tougher

Wheat based loavesMy daughter isn't fussy – she's ill. But her gluten-free food prescription has been cut by a callous and faceless PCT

When our two-year-old daughter was diagnosed with coeliac disease just before Christmas, my relief bordered on euphoria. Diagnosis, following an endoscopy and biopsy, signalled an end to two years of watching Tilly waste away, physically and mentally. No further surgery. All we had to do was make sure she followed a gluten-free diet and she would start growing again.

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