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Schools 'shying away from trips'

Too many schools do not take children on outdoor activities, partly through fear of being sued if there is an accident, Ofsted inspectors said.

Activities helped pupils develop their physical and social skills, they said.

But many youngsters were missing out, with costs and limits on the numbers who can go contributing to the problem.

The chief inspector, David Bell, said teachers had "nothing to fear" if they followed the right guidelines - but teachers' unions disagree.

Heart charity signs football stars

A health charity has signed up Oxford sports stars to help children get fit.

The British Heart Foundation hopes Oxford United will help them persuade the country's 11 and 12 year olds to keep active.

Heart disease is currently the biggest cause of premature death nationwide.

Dogs sniff out bladder cancer

Research involving an Oxfordshire charity has found that dogs can be trained to sniff out bladder cancer in humans.

Volunteers at the Hearing Dogs for the Deaf near Thame were used to test the theory.

The results of the study appear in the latest edition of the British Medical Journal.


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