Parts 2 & 3: Will E-Bacc Fail Less Academic Kids?
First up: After the warm response to Michael Gove’s new English Baccalaureate yesterday, today I want to know what’s going to happen to the thousands of kids likely to fail this GCSE replacement? Are the ConDems missing a trick by not offering a second tier of exams, a bit like the old CSEs? Or will Gove’s suggestion of a glowing reference from teachers serve less academic youngsters just as well?
We’ll take plenty of calls on that before it’s over to Mark for the rest of the day’s news.
Part 4: Today’s Papers
Part 5: Wrong To Jail Mums?
After that: Is it wrong to jail mums? The last 15 years has seen the number of mums in prison more than doubled. Last year alone 17,000 kids lost their mums to chokey.
Prison reformers oppose jailing mums saying ultimately it only serves to punish their kids. So should mums get to swerve custodial sentences? Or is that incredibly sexist when half of all prisoners are dads!
Part 6: My Tot’s Obsessed With Willies!
Moving on - how would you deal with a child of yours if they appeared obsessed with what other youngsters have in their pants? One desperate mum’s asked for help after her four-year-old daughter repeatedly asked her male chums to give her a look. What should I do, the mother asks? Tell her off? Ignore her? Or have a word?
Part 7: Freshers’ Week: Ordeal Or Orgy?
And finally: I want to find out if university freshers week has changed in recent years as the governments try to milk students of all their cash? For many first year undergrads this is the week they get to meet new chums and sign up for all sorts of fun stuff. But maybe fun has to take a back seat when you’re paying your own way? I know not many students are watching now as they’ll be asleep in bed - but we’ll flag this up again a little later when they’re awake.