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Views sought on Borders schools

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Parents, carers, staff, pupils and community groups are being asked to share their views on schools in the Scottish Borders.

An online questionnaire is available on Scottish Borders Council's website from today until April 11.

Information sessions are also being held at local high schools over the coming weeks.

The information gathered will be used by council officers to review the current school estate.

"This is not a programme about closure, about anything at all in that regard. What we're talking about is looking at what the estate is like, what the estate is going to be like going forward."

– Councillor Sandy Aitchison, SBC's executive member for education


Feedback for schools in Scottish Borders

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Parents, pupils, teachers and community groups are being asked to share their views on schools in the Scottish Borders.

Scottish Borders Council will use the information to help shape the future of how education is provided in the region. They are looking for opinions on the state of buildings, classrooms and other educational facilities

So what we really need to do is look and see where we are and do a complete audit if you like of the estates, of the schools, of the catchment areas, looking at demographics, looking at all the costs involved in our education programme because obviously we need to do that, we have to be able to show that we spend the money that we get efficiently."

– Cllr Sandy Aitchison, Scottish Borders Council's Executive Member for Education


Carlisle skills fair gives opportunities in nuclear industry

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Career opportunities in Cumbria's nuclear industry have been part of a Skills Fair in Carlisle today.

The government's skills minister Nick Boles attended the event which has been organised by the Carlisle Economic Partnership.

Nuclear is definitely important for our county. You've got Sellafield already here, the potential investment from NuGen. So we've got to appreciate there are real opportunities for our county on the back of nuclear.

But there are a lot of other businesses here aswell, offering great career opportunities. We have to accept it's a diverse economy but we've got to accept the importance that nuclear has."

– John Stevenson MP, Carlisle - Conservative

Lake District boss receives university honour

Richard Leafe receives his honorary degree Credit: LDNP

Richard Leafe, chief executive of the Lake District National Park, has received a Doctor of Letters honorary degree from the University of Sheffield in recognition of his achievements in geography.

I am delighted and proud to be recognised by Sheffield University for my contribution to geography. I look forward to developing future links with the university and hope to pass on my experience and inspire those who are starting out in this field."

– Richard Leafe, Chief Executive of Lake District National Park

Pupils return to Newman School for first time since floods

Newman School during the December flooding Credit: ITV Border

Pupils flooded out of their school are going back into the classroom this morning.

Newman Catholic School in Carlisle was deluged by up to seven feet of water last month.

Now, pupils will attend lessons on the site of a former primary school in the city.

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