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97% of Cumbrian children awarded first choice primary school place

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More than 97% of children starting primary school in Cumbria this September, have been awarded their family's first choice place.

Cumbria County Council says it's schools admission team received nearly 4,600 applications.

“It’s great news that the vast majority of pupils have secured a place at their first choice school. Cumbria is a fantastic place to grow up and an important part of that is ensuring children can attend the schools their parents and carers want them to go to.

“While most will be very pleased with the result of their applications, where places have been refused, applicants have the right of appeal to an independent admission appeal panel.”

– John Macilwraith, Director of Children’s Services at Cumbria County Council

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Scottish teachers union vote for strike action

The Educational Institute of Scotland have voted to go on strike Credit: ITV Border

The Educational Institute of Scotland has voted for members to go on strike, as part of a long-running dispute over pay.

Over 90 per cent of the union members voted in favour of strike action, following what they say was college management's failure to deliver on a deal made last year.

Colleges Scotland has called the action hugely disappointing.

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