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Councillors debate spending £320m grant

Councillors in Sheffield are to debate plans to spend £320 million of Government funding.

Councillors in Sheffield are to debate plans to spend £320 million of Government funding.

The money was awarded to the city as part of the City Deal and was the fifth largest amount awarded across the country.

The plans include provisions for 28,000 new jobs and training for 40,000 in the Sheffield area.

In Sheffield, the City Deal agreed in 2012 has seen the city record numbers of young people in apprenticeships and has finally provided a route forward for the planned New Retail Quarter. As result of Liberal Democrat action in Government, we've seen a record fall in youth unemployment and a record number of people in Sheffield in work.

The Growth Deal announced this summer provides Sheffield City Region with another £320 million cash boost. We need to make sure that local leaders once again make the most of this investment. That's why we're calling for a debate this week on the plans to use this cash to deliver jobs and growth.

– Cllr Colin Ross, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group

Teachers facing violence from pupils and parents

There are warnings that teachers are being driven out of their jobs because of shocking levels of aggression - not just from pupils, but also from parents and guardians.

An investigation for ITV news has found many teachers will be going back to face insults, intimidation, even violence. An exclusive survey of hundreds of teachers shows some lost confidence, experienced mental health problems and suffered physical injuries.

And there are claims from one teaching union that some schools aren't doing enough to protect them. Lauren Hall has this special report.

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Humberside police launch seatbelt campaign

Humberside Police begin a month-long seat belt campaign today. Officers say only 85% of front seat passengers and 50% of rear seat passengers comply with the seatbelt laws - and that 370 deaths and 7000 serious injuries could be prevented on the roads each year.

Campaign will run all month Credit: PA

The campaign will focus on educating people around the dangers of not wearing a seatbelt and making sure that children have the correct restraints in place, when travelling in a vehicle.

Officers from across the force will enforcing the campaign at a number of locations during the month of September.

If compliance rates can be increased, the severity of injury in the event of a road collision can be reduced dramatically. By raising awareness it is hoped to increase seat belt wearing compliance levels through enforcement, education and encouragement. A driver is responsible for him/herself and for any passenger under the age of 14 years. Officers from Humberside Police Roads Policing Team will be increasing high visibility policing activity with a view to not only disrupting, preventing and detecting criminal activity but also to reduce road collisions and casualties, particularly those involving death and serious injury."

– Casualty Reduction Roads Policing Officer, PC Barry Gardner,

Uniform shops tailor-make clothes for obese children

New fears around childhood obesity have been raised as school uniform shops reveal they are now having to tailor-make clothes to fit larger children.

Figures from Public Health England show almost a quarter of pupils starting primary school in Leeds, Barnsley and Wakefield are now overweight or obese.

Over a third will be overweight by the time they leave primary school.

Brad Robertson from Rawcliffes Schoolwear says they are often asked for larger sizes:

Results improve for Hull's best school

The headteacher of the best performing school in Hull is thrilled that his pupils keep getting better and better every year.

76% of students from St Mary's Catholic College achieved five A* - C grades, that's an increase of 1% on last year.

Had the reporting rules not changed, that figure would have been 79%.

Ged Fitzpatrick spoke to Calendar's Fiona Dwyer and explained the secret to their success.

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GCSEs down in Bradford

Early indications suggest that GCSE results in Bradford have fallen compared to last year.

Differences in grades were expected this year due to major changes to the way exams are assessed.

At this very early stage it seems there may also have been a decline at various other local authorities in the region.

Nevertheless, we will be urgently analysing the figures and taking whatever action is necessary to ensure our young people are given the best possible education and the highest chances of success. As a local authority we have demonstrated that we take swift action whenever necessary to improve outcomes for young people and this is what we will continue to do.

Behind the headline figures we are of course hearing about numerous student and school success stories, for which individual pupils, their families and teachers can be very proud.

– Councillor Ralph Berry, Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire falling behind in GCSE results

As tens of thousands of students celebrate or commiserate today's GCSE results have exposed a massive north south divide when it comes to achievement.

Overall in Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire the number of pupils getting A stars and As has gone up.

But our region holds a much smaller share of the nation's top grades, as Michael Billington explains:

GCSE results reveal north south divide

More students in Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire are getting the top grades at GCSE but today's results have revealed a massive north south divide when it comes to achievement.

There has been a 0.4 per cent increase in students getting As and A stars in our region. That is a seven per cent share of all the top grades nationally.

We have been to Bradford College which has many mature students re-taking their exams.

Teaching union commends GCSE results despite 'upheaval'

The country's largest teaching union say that yearly variations on grades is a result of government policy rather than a reflection of pupils' ability.

The NASUWT criticised changes to exam structures as students across the country found out how they had done in their GCSEs.

This year’s GCSE exam entrants have had to cope with a raft of rushed through and ill-conceived changes to the qualifications system and so today’s results are especially commendable. Congratulations must go to teachers and pupils for navigating through this difficult period of upheaval.

The reality is that despite a campaign of calculated denigration of the GCSE qualification perpetuated by the Coalition Government, there was never any evidence to justify the destabilising changes that teachers and pupils have had to face.

It is becoming increasingly challenging for parents and the public to interpret and compare results year on year, but perhaps this is the Coalition Government’s intention.

It is particularly important given the changes to study the results in more detail to draw meaningful conclusions. Any variations in grades this year appear to be the result of reforms in the system, and not a reflection on the ability of pupils or the quality of teaching.

– Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT
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