Top-flight women’s footballer in running for major teaching award

A top-flight women’s footballer and school leader who has raised more than £100,000 for survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire is in the running to win a major international teaching award.

Some 90% of all primary schools are rated good or outstanding (PA)

130 schools have shown no improvement for 10 years – Ofsted

More than 100 schools have not improved in the last 10 years, education watchdog Ofsted is expected to say.

British banker Rurik Jutting is escorted in a prison bus to a court in Hong Kong (AP Photo/Vincent Yu,File)

UK banker appeals over Hong Kong murders conviction

Judges in Hong Kong are considering a British banker’s appeal over his conviction for the murders of two Indonesian women.

Three-week-old Vanellope Hope Wilkins (Ben Birchall/PA)

Vanellope becomes ‘first UK baby’ to survive extremely rare heart condition

A baby born with an extremely rare condition in which the heart grows on the outside of the body has survived, in what is believed to be a UK first.

Social media was 'the most significant factor' driving harassment, abuse and intimidation of 2017 General Election candidates (Victoria Jones/PA)

Brexit could help make sure tech giants curb online abuse, says committee

Brexit could make it easier to ensure online media companies take more legal responsibility for curbing “persistent, vile and shocking abuse” suffered by politicians and public figures, the official ethics watchdog has said.

The survey is designed to find out at what age, on average, children learn the truth about Father Christmas (Julien Behal/PA)

Backlash and sense of betrayal? Study to reveal effect of Santa’s big white lie

The shock at finding out as a child that Father Christmas is not real is to be the subject of an academic study by a psychologist.

(Ben Birchall/PA)

Cars could be programmed to chart potholes in future, says Highways England

Cars of the future could be programmed to spot potholes and transmit the information to Highways England, the road operator has said.

Water regulator Ofwat has pledged to save customers up to £25 a year off their bills under its price review plans for 20 20 to 2025

Water watchdog vows to cut bills for households in England and Wales

Households look set to save up to £25 a year off their water bills from 2020 to 2025 under plans put forward by regulator Ofwat.

Mr Davis promised MPs there would be "a number of votes" on the final deal struck between the UK and EU (PA)

Davis’s final plea to Tories as ‘Commons revolt’ threatens to derail Brexit bill

David Davis has written to MPs in a last-ditch attempt to avert a Tory revolt and potential Commons defeat for the Government’s Brexit legislation.

Thirty volunteers from Network Rail help run the event (PA)

Euston Station to host lunch for 200 homeless on Christmas Day

Euston Station will welcome 200 homeless people for lunch on Christmas Day while the transport hub is shut to commuters.

(Yui Mok/PA)

Rise of the scratchcard helps reduce Lottery’s charitable returns

National Lottery income for good causes fell by 15% over the year to April as players turned away from draw-based games to scratchcards, a report from the Government’s spending watchdog shows.

Motorways expected to have the worst hold-ups include the M25 anti-clockwise, M1 in both directions and M6 southbound (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Fears of four-hour delays on roads over Christmas

More than 20 million vehicles are expected on UK roads over the festive period resulting in delays of up to four hours, according to new analysis.

Metropolitan Police are appealing for witnesses (Nick Ansell/PA)

Burglary victim heartbroken at theft of twin babies’ ashes

A box containing the ashes of twins who died at birth has been stolen in a burglary.

Several swans have been found dead or injured around  in Thamesmead (PA)

Volunteers patrol London parks after swans and cygnets ‘stabbed and beheaded’

Six swans including three cygnets are feared to have been stabbed and beheaded after their mutilated bodies were discovered in south London parks.

Travel giant Tui has said Britons are switching to cheaper destinations due to the Brexit-hit pound as it posted a 12% rise in annual earnings.

Brexit-hit pound is forcing Britons to choose cheaper holidays, says Tui

Travel giant Tui has said the Brexit-hit pound is forcing British holidaymakers to switch to cheaper destinations and revealed it is drawing up contingency plans for disruption from the UK’s divorce from the EU.

Uber has been refused a licence in York (PA)

Taxi for Uber! Another blow for app as York is latest UK city to refuse licence

York has followed London by refusing to grant ride-hailing app Uber a licence to operate in the city.

Three-year-old Reuben looks at a wall of icicles at Killhope mine in County Durham (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Cold eases but some schools shut ahead of ‘rollercoaster’ weekend temperatures

Dozens of schools will be shut for a third consecutive day – as the country prepares for a “rollercoaster” of temperatures over the weekend.

Forensic officers outside the house in Jackson Street (Peter Byrne/PA)

Man and woman charged with murder over children’s house fire deaths

Two people have been charged with murder after a house fire in which three children died.

Employment and unemployment went down while the number of people economically inactive increased (Philip Toscano/PA)

Largest drop in people in work since May 2015 as unemployment falls to 1.4m

The number of people in work has fallen by 56,000 in recent months, the biggest quarterly drop in more than two years, new figures show.

Vast swathes of the country fell below freezing on the coldest night of the year so far (Danny Lawson/PA)

School and transport disruption continues after coldest night of the year

The coldest night of the year so far has led to fresh disruption as flights were cancelled, schools remained closed and drivers faced lengthy delays.

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