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Dumfries & Galloway pupils urged to walk to school

Lochside Primary School. Credit: ITV Border

Parents in Dumfries and Galloway are being encouraged to get their children to walk to school as part of a campaign to tackle childhood obesity.

Walk to School Week was launched at Lochside Primary, where more than 70 percent of children ditched the car for the kerb during the last event.

The council say the benefits of even a small lifestyle change like this can be profound.

Well the health benefits are enormous. We have a major problem with childhood obesity now so we can encourage youngsters to be active, starting at the very start of the day and continuing throughout the day.

It is well worthwhile and the aspect of actually interacting with each other on the way to school rather than just sitting in the car, It is all very, very worthwhile.

– Cllr Jeff Leaver, Dumfries and Galloway Council

Nuclear college to be based in Cumbria

Sellafield Ltd will work with the new college. Credit: PA

A new £15 million nuclear college will be based at two hubs - in Cumbria and Somerset.

The National College for Nuclear is set to open its doors in late 2017, and aims to train the next generation of workers in the nuclear sector.

The Cumbrian hub will be opened at Lakes College in Workington, and will work with Sellafield Ltd and the University of Cumbria.

The announcement means that work will now begin on developing the curriculum which will help to train the next generation of nuclear workers.

It is expected that new qualifications will be available in 2017 that reflect the needs of the nuclear sector and address the skills challenge facing the industry and its supply chain.

– Colin Reed, Sellafield Ltd Human Resources Director

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Work begins on £10 million Borders school

The first sods were cut by pupils. Credit: Scottish Borders Council

Work is underway on the new £10 million Langlee Primary school in Galashiels.

Two pupils, Alfie Millar and Faye Kennedy, cut the first sods for the new school, which will be built by McLaughlin and Harvey and is expected to open in summer 2017.

It will be a three storey school with 14 classrooms, a centre for children with severe and complex additional support needs, provision for early learning and childcare, a sports hall and outdoor MUGA pitch.

A new building is now clearly needed and I am delighted to see work start on-site.

The school is important not just to the Langlee community but the whole of Galashiels. I hope it will be a major asset which is well used by pupils as well as local organisations and groups.

– Councillor Sandy Aitchison, Scottish Borders Council

Cumbrian schoolchildren taken out of school as part of national exams protest

A child doing arithmetic, as teachers have said schools should consider refusing to take part in Credit: PA

Some parents in South Cumbria are taking their children out of primary school today in protest at the way they are being taught.

Campaigners at 'Let Kids Be Kids' say there's too much assessment and not enough fun in learning.

The campaign's petition urges parents of children in Year Two, where pupils are aged six or seven, to keep their children out of school for a day in protest over the compulsory exams.

It has been signed by nearly 40,000 people.

It hopes to marshal parents of Year 2 children who have had "enough of endless testing, enough of teachers not being trusted to teach" and objects to SATs tests which it says have increased childhood anxiety.

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