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Carlisle mother backs introducing road safety to the national curriculum

In Cumbria last year, 17 young people were either killed or seriously hurt in a road accident every day.

Road safety isn't part of the national curriculum in England, but it is delivered in schools in Scotland, and the charity Brake has campaigned for a long time for it to be made a priority throughout the UK.

One mother from Carlisle is now using her own time to educate youngsters about road safety.

Kate Walby has been to meet her:

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The printer powered by peddling pupils.

A pupil cycling to power the printer Credit: ITV Border

A school in Southern Scotland has come up with a novel way of saving energy while teaching pupils about the environment.

St.Michael's in Dumfries has started using a bike to power one of their printers.

The school hopes it will help its pupils, who take turn cycling, learn how much energy is needed to power a single piece of technology.

Careers day with a difference

The pupils each have ten minutes to grill the professionals Credit: ITV Border

A local school has held a careers day with a bit of a difference in an effort to make it more fun for those involved.

St.Benedict's School in Whitehaven has set up a classroom full of professionals and given each of its Year 9 pupils ten minutes to grill them on their job.

The structure is similar to that of speed dating.

The school hopes that it will open up the pupils to the possibility of careers that they may never have considered.

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Michael Moore: Borders College 'best in Scotland'

Borders college has been described as 'the best in Scotland' by MP Michael Moore Credit: ITV Border

Local MP Michael Moore has described Borders College as ‘the best in Scotland’ following performance data released by the Scottish Funding Council.

The data showed that for 2013-14, the College had:

  • the highest student success rate of any college in Scotland for further education
  • the second highest rate for higher education students at college
  • the highest rate for learners with disabilities
  • the highest rate for learners in a second or subsequent year of their course.

Mr Moore has congratulated staff and students alike.

“I want to congratulate the students, the teaching staff and the management at Borders College on their exceptional performance in 2013-14.

“This data from the SFC clearly demonstrates that Borders College is the best in Scotland, with fantastic success rates particularly among disabled students and students in further education."

– Michael Moore, MP for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk

New system will be "much improved" say D&G Council

Dumfries and Galloway Council says that the new system for learning support across the region will be much improved when compared to the current one.

The council plans on giving additional training to current teachers, who will then be in charge of looking after children with additional needs, as well as the rest of the class.

But the teachers' union is concerned that these proposals will only add to what they say is an already overstretched workload:

"The problem is finding the time when that's not normally done by learning support teachers, it's going to have to be done by classroom teachers who are not going to have the time to do all the other duties, particularly with the new courses.

"So we're going to be advising people to stick to their contractual hours."

– John Dennis. Educational Institute of Scotland, D&G Branch
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