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£30million campus plan for Whitehaven submitted

Artist's impression of the new campus

Plans to build a £30million campus for two schools in Whitehaven have been submitted to the town council.

St. Benedict's and Mayfield School will both be based on the new campus, but will still run independently.

Work on the campus, which is funded by the council and nuclear site Sellafield, is set to begin in February next year - opening it's doors to students by September 2018.

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Cumbrian schools face budget bombshell according to Farron

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South Lakeland MP, Tim Farron, says the government must not jeopardise our children’s future through massive cuts to education.

Research by the National Union of Teachers and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers has set out the expected cuts schools face by 2020.

In Cumbria, they predict that schools will face a £17.5 million cut to budgets by 2020 – the equivalent of almost £300 per pupil.

The bodies warn that this could lead to almost 500 teachers across the county being laid off:

I regularly see for myself what a fantastic job our teachers do, but if the government slashes funding for schools, it is our children’s education that will pay the price. Budget cuts mean cuts to teacher numbers, leading to larger class sizes and less individual attention for students. The government must commit to properly funding local schools, so our students have the best possible chance in life.”

– Tim Farron, South Lakeland MP

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New business development centre opens in Hawick today

The Centre of Business Development opens in Hawick today. Credit: Borders College

A new centre for business development is being opened in Hawick today.

The Centre of Business Development will be run from the Scottish Border College's Hawick campus.

It will offer courses for local businesses across a range of topics, from health and safety training to using social media.

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