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Poundland Hits Back After School Magazine Brands Gcse Grade 4 A Poundland Pass



DISCOUNT retailer Poundland has hit back after a school magazine branded a GCSE Grade 4 as a “Poundland Pass”.

The popular store was targeted by TES, a weekly publication aimed at school teachers in the UK.

PA:Press Association Poundland opened its first store in Burton Upon Trent in 1990

They said despite a Grade 4 and 5 both equalling a C, “grade 4 is Poundland C and grade 5 is a Waitrose C” and that despite being numerical neighbours they have been drifiting apart from each other “for many years”.

But Poundland were quick to respond on Twitter after being made aware of the article, creating the hashtag ‘Proudland’.

In the article, Stephen Petty, the head of humantities at Lord Williams’s School in Thame, Oxfordshire, said number five has done very well for itself but in contrast number four seems to have gone in the opposite direction.

He wrote: “When the Department of Education first let slip that the new GCSE grade 5 would be a “good” pass we could immediately sense the ground crumbling beneath the feet of vulnerable little grade 4.

Reuters The discount store reported a turnover of more than £1 billion in 2015

“Even though they then altered the word “good” to “strong” and reassured everyone that 4, too, could be called a pass – a “standard” pass – the underlying message was clear to all: grade 4 was going to be – in their middle-class world – a flaky Poundland grade C, while 5 would be the equivalent of a Waitrose C.

“Ofsted confirmed this Waitrosification when it declared that grade 5 would now be its new line in the sand when assessing school “pass” rates, despite 4 being the fairer comparison with previous results.

“You could almost hear grade 4 sigh “Et tu Brute” when that Ofsted knife went into it. Staff in secondary schools could be heard to mutter something similar.”

Mr Petty has previously written articles calling for a teacher to be the next England football manager and urged schools to take down their PVC Ofsted banners.

Reuters The retailers stocks a range of more than 3000 items

In response to the derogatory remarks, Poundland released a statement of their own, written by their PR and Charity manager, Andrea Ross, on their Twitter page addressing it to Mr Petty.

They said: “Dear Mr Petty, I read with interest your piece this lunchtime in TES describing GCSE Grade 4 as a “Poundland Pass”.

“I hope my assumption that part of the ethos at your school is to use language respectfully and in a way that doesn’t promote stereotypical thinking. Indeed it appears from your school motto (Sic itur ad astra a tous venaunts), you stress the importance of inclusivity.

“Let me tell you that I know my 19,000 colleagues at Poundland will find your use of our company name as a pejorative adjective, belittling them and how hard they work.

Twitter Fans of the discount store took the internet to defend Poundland

“Nevertheless, I’m sure they will also conclude that the use of our name in that context says more about you than them.

“For the record (and your education) the demographic make-up of shoppers at Poundland is actually not dissimilar to the demographic make-up of the UK as a whole – we attract much the same proportion of so-called ‘AB’ shoppers as there are in the population.

“So, after you get over the surprise that someone at Poundland reads the TES or can translate your school motto, perhaps we could respectfully ask that you avoid using our name as a judgemental adjective in future, if only so people are less likely to jump to conclusions about you.”


Who Is Invited To Meghan Markle And Prince Harry’s Wedding? Latest Rumours And News On The Royal Wedding Guest List




WITHOUT a shadow of doubt, Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle will be one of the major news events of the year – but who’s going to be on the guest list?

The forthcoming royal nuptials are sure to be a star-studded affair, with the couple boasting a host of high-profile pals. Here’s what we know so far about who could be attending the big day.

EPA The couple released their official engagement photos shortly before Christmas

Who’s invited to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding?

Prince Harry has admitted the guest list hasn’t yet been finalised – so beyond knowing that the likes of The Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William will be invited, it’s all still to play for.

One thing seems certain, though – there won’t be as many wedding guests as when Harry’s big brother tied the knot in 2011.

This is because Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding took place at Westminster Abbey, with 1,900 guests – St George’s chapel, Harry and Meghan’s venue, has a capacity of 800 people.

Kate and Wills had their fair share of celebrity guests, such as the Beckhams, Sir Elton John and the late Tara Palmer-Tomkinson.

Also likely to be on Harry’s invite list are Tom Inskip and Guy Pelley. Harry may also want to invite Army comrades who he served alongside in Afghanistan.

With Meghan counting the likes of Serena Williams and her Suits on-screen partner Patrick J. Adams among her celeb pals, expect plenty of famous faces.

It’s inevitable that the wedding will be attended by a host of foreign royals, as well as significant political figures from across the Commonwealth.

And with an American marrying into the royal family for the first time, there has been speculation over whether Donald Trump will receive an invite.

One man who seemed determined to get an invite is Anthony Joshua, one of Harry’s guests during his special Radio 4 appearance – and he wants a starring role.

He tweeted a picture of himself with Harry, and wrote: “Back to work this morning! Congrats on everything this year and no pressure on the R4 guest edit.

“PS – need a best man?”

PA:Press Association Anthony Joshua made a bid to be the royal best man when Harry guest edited on Radio 4

Will Elton John attend Harry and Meghan’s wedding?

The Sun has revealed that Elton John would be attending the Royal wedding.

The Rocket Man has cancelled two Las Vegas gigs on the same May weekend as the Royal nuptials, which leaves him free to attend or even perform.

The singer was a close friend of Harry’s mum Princess Diana and was among a handful of celebrities to attend Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding at Westminster Abbey in 2011.

It was the same venue where he famously sang Candle in the Wind at Diana’s funeral in 1997.

Will Barack Obama be at the Royal wedding?

It was reported that the couple were keen to invite Barack Obama to the wedding rather than Trump – which had all the makings of a sticky political situation.

The 33-year-old prince has become good friends with Barack Obama and his wife Michelle since bonding with them during the Invictus Games.

Getty – Contributor Prince Harry and President Obama enjoying this year’s Invictus Games in Toronto

Harry told aides he wanted the former US president and wife Michelle, who he counts as friends, to attend the big day at Windsor Castle on May 19.

But government mandarins had pleaded with the couple to change their minds as Britain’s relations with Trump’s White House sunk to their lowest ebb since his election last year.

And it seems they have had a rethink, as a source told the Daily Mail: “President Trump will not be invited because the wedding will be for friends and family only.

“It won’t be a state occasion. If Mr Obama was invited, the invitation could look like a snub to Mr Trump, and His Royal Highness would not wish to cause a diplomatic row.”

But Britain’s relations with Trump’s White House have sunk to their lowest ebb since his election last year.

The Sun revealed that the Government was urging the prince not to invite the Obamas, at risk of worsening tensions with the current administration.

The prince was quizzed on the possibility of inviting the Obamas when he guest-edited BBC Radio 4’s Today programme just after Christmas.

However, he refused to be drawn on the matter, insisting: “I don’t know about that, we haven’t even put the invites or the guest list together yet.

“So who knows who is going to be invited or not. I wouldn’t want to ruin that surprise.”

Will the Foo Fighters be performing at the Royal wedding?

The Sun’s Bizarre column exclusively revealed that the Foo Fighters have dropped hints they want to perform at the wedding.

Frontman Dave Grohl said: “I’ve saved the date. The performance was good. It’s nice to feel like a wedding band when everyone’s at tables eating tiramisu.”

The band, who picked up Best International Group at the Brit Awards 2018, played at Harry’s Invictus Games in 2014.

When are Prince Harry and Meghan Markle getting married?

Shortly after the engagement was announced, it was revealed that the wedding between Harry and Meghan will take place next spring in May.

On December 15, Kensington Palace confirmed the ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2018.

The wedding is taking place at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, which is where Harry was christened when he was three months old.

In a statement, Clarence House said: “Her Majesty The Queen has granted permission for the wedding to take place at the Chapel.

“The Royal Family will pay for the wedding.”

Where are Prince Harry and Meghan Markle getting married?

The couple will tie the knot at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

Charles and Camilla had their televised blessing there in 2005 and it offers the couple a more low key venue than Westminster Abbey, where Kate Middleton and Prince William got married.

St George’s Chapel can accommodate 800 guests, whereas the Abbey seats 2,000.

Harry and Meghan have said they are looking at ways to make their wedding an event that members of the public can feel a part of.

It is also the most convenient option for the Queen and Philip, who spend most of their time at the Castle.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding will be held on Saturday 19 May 2018, Kensington Palace has announced

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Charlie Gard’s Dad Slams Loose Women’s Rebekah Vardy For Saying There Was ‘nothing They Could Do’ For Tragic Tot




THE dad of tragic cancer tot Charlie Gard has slammed Rebekah Vardy over comments she made on Loose Women.

Chris Gard launch into a furious Facebook rant after Rebekah, 35, told viewers “there was nothing” his parents could have done to save the tragic lad.

Rebekah Vardy was attacked by Charlie Gard’s dad for saying there was nothing the tot’s parents could have done to save him

The I’m a Celebrity star was discussing Alfie Evans, the poor 21-month-old boy who is fighting for life in a coma and has been compared to Charlie Gard.

She admitted to co-hosts “I’ve got no medical experience whatsoever”.

But she corrected her fellow panelists when Alfie was likened to Charlie, saying: “Charlie Gard was slightly different.

“With no disrespect to his family, there was really nothing like could do for him.”

Her comments sparked an angry backlash from Charlie’s dad.

PA:Press Association Charlie’s parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates lost their battle to take the tot to America for treatment

Chris Gard’s furious Facebook rant at Rebekah

Charlie’s dad told the Loose Woman ‘Unless you know the facts, keep your opinions to yourself’ Charlie Gard’s parents: had treatment been sooner he could have been a normal, healthy boy

He posted: “Someone just alerted me to Loose Women as they’d heard Charlie mentioned.

“Well let me tell you now Rebekah, and a lot of others out there, you are CATEGORICALLY WRONG!!”


“I’m sick to death of hearing my sons name just thrown about and everyone thinking that we had false hope and we were fighting a lost cause and that we just couldn’t let go of our child.

“Unless you know the facts, keep your opinions to yourself. You really don’t have a clue.”

Instagram The star had earlier revealed to the show her enhanced bust implants are ‘rippling’ Rebekah Vardy reveals she’s having her breast implants removed on Loose Women

She joked with Saira that they’ve dropped to the point that she can ‘feel them when she bends over’ Alfie Evans is in a coma with his parents fighting against the hospital to turn off his life support

Chris also posted a letter of scientific evidence advocating treatment.

He added a pic of a shrine to Charlie and paid touching tribute, saying: “Love you Charlie. Miss you so much champ and I still get prouder of you by the day x.”

Charlie died a week before his first birthday, after a long fight against a rare and devastating genetic illness.

His parents were stuck in a bitter legal row with Great Ormond Street, with the some doctors claiming to have had death threats over it.

Charlie’s mum Connie revealed that he had lost his battle with his illness, and had died a week before his first birthday. In a statement the pair said: “Our beautiful little boy has gone, we are so proud of you Charlie.”

PA:Press Association Charlie had a rare disease called mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome Charlie Gard tragically dies one week before his first birthday

It was revealed that Charlie would be buried along with his two favourite cuddly monkeys, as his parents planned the tragic tot’s funeral.

Medics are baffled over little Alfie’s mystery condition but some experts believe he might have a mitochondrial condition – the same as Charlie.

Earlier in the show, Rebekah revealed she’s having her breast implants removed after discovering that they’re rippling.

She discussed her decision to go under the knife and discuss how women are judged on social media.

She told the panel: “I’m having my implants removed in my boobs. They’re rippling. They want to check them and take them out and change them and make sure everything’s alright.

Rex Features Rebekah blames breastfeeding for causing excess skin around the implants

Instagram Rebekah is encouraging young mothers to breastfeed in public

SWNS:South West News Service Alfie is feared to have a mitochondrial condition

“I think it’s from breastfeeding, where they grow, and then they shrink and then they grow.”

Saira Khan then quizzed if she can “feel them” at which point she joked that she could when she bent over – and would “show her later.

The star, who is married to Jamie Vardy, is the mother of four, with her youngest being son, Finley, age one.

She also shares two-year-old Sofia with Jamie, as well as having two other children Megan, 11, and six-year-old Taylor.

Rebekah shared a photograph of herself breastfeeding baby Finley on Instagram – and later said the reaction from fans was overwhelming.

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Kitkat Is Under Threat As Nestle Bosses Urge Judges To Protect The Iconic British Four-fingered Chocolate Bar




NESTLE bosses have launched a desperate bid to save one of Britain’s best-loved sweet treats from an uncertain future.

Company chiefs have urged euro judges to overturn a ruling that the KitKat’s distinctive four-fingered shape cannot be protected.

PA:Press Association KitKat’s owners want the chocolate bar’s distinctive four-finger shape to be trademarked

During a hearing at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg yesterday, they argued it should be granted a trademark.

But it is being fought by Cadbury’s owner Mondelez International, which sells a similar shaped chocolate bar in Norway.

The pair have been locked in 12-year legal battle, with Nestle fearing a loss would lead to Britain being flooded with cheap, rip-off KitKats.

Their court battle unfolded on the same day euro judges dealt a hammer blow to two key British industries.

Nestle is fighting Cadbury’s owner Mondelez International, which sells a similar shaped chocolate bar in Norway

Reuters Nestle has been in a legal battle with Cadbury owners for 12 years

In one case the court’s top legal eagle ruled against the Scotch Whisky Association.

Distilleries had argued the name of a German rival, called Glen Buchenbach, could trick consumers into thinking it was from Scotland.

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