Monday 2 April


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Part 1: Hellos & Menu

Parts 2 & 3: £1bn Bribe For Businesses To Get Youth Working?
Will Nick Clegg’s £1bn youth contract get our 1m unemployed young people working? Or is it nothing more than a bribe for businesses to help get youth unemployment figures down? Firms will be paid to employ jobless 18-to-24-year-olds, who aren’t in any other form of education or training. Subsidies could encourage firms to take a chance on youngsters, introducing them to the world of work. But is this just cheap labour for employers? And if the work’s not there in the long-term, what will bribing employers to take on staff actually achieve?

We’ll take plenty of calls on that before it’s over to Dave for the rest of today’s headlines.

Part 4: Today’s Papers

Part 5: No Smoking In Your Own Home?
Barely a month after moves to stop smoking in cars in Wales, a new government advert in England is set to warn of the dangers to your kids of secondhand smoke in your home. Doctors go further, saying to protect kids we should ban smoking at home altogether. But isn’t telling smoking parents what they can do in their own property with a perfectly legal product a case of nanny state gone too far?

Part 6: Bring Back Grammar Schools
20 new grammar schools are set to open across the country over the next three years, the first expansion of selective state education in 50 years. Grammars regularly top league tables - but do we really want to return to a system that labels kids as successes or failures at the tender age of 11? Isn’t that why we ditched grammars before?

Part 7: Weird Not To Celebrate Your Own Birthday?
It seems not all of us enjoy cakes, cards and a knees-up on our special day. Some would rather give the whole thing a miss. Should we force them to enjoy it? Or respect their right not to be happy about being another year older?

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  • Daniel

    2 years ago


    I am suprised nobody mentioned faith schools, its somehow acceptable for the government to discriminate based on a families religious background verse the childs actual ability. My school was all about getting people to an acceptable standard and not to their best.

  • 2squirrels

    2 years ago


    Since grammar schools disappeared our educational standing in the worlld has continued to drop. I went to a SM fro where I went on to the tech college got all my exams and qualified as an accountant. Failing the 11+ did not mean failing in life it was a dissappointment to lived with and set a different course. Today they abbounced a severe weather warning in the notrh of England when in actual fact in was a yellow warning for the North of Scotland which is further away than scotland.

  • Bill

    2 years ago


    Grammar Schools provide more academically able learners, of all social backgrounds, with an opportunity to achieve their potential. I work with young people and see what are coming out of local comprehensive schools an it is frightening. Some learners I deal with can hardly read or write. My local grammar teaches the same subjects as the local comprehensive, just to a higher standard. No Latin or Greek and learners don't have to do higher maths if they don't want to.

  • Patience Udofah

    2 years ago

    Patience Udofah

    This must be to stop the ooverseas people getting into schools

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