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Parents protest over changes to SATs tests

Thousands of primary school pupils across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire are expected to be absent today, as parents pull them out to protest against changes to SATs tests.

They say the tests, particularly for Year 2s, have become too hard and are causing the children stress.

Schoolchildren and parents stage a SATs protest outside Todmorden Town Hall

The government says it's made them more rigorous to improve standards.

The Department for Education is reminding parents they should only take their children out of school in exceptional circumstances.

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Ofsted response over nursery inspection

Town and Country Kiddies Nursery

Ofsted has released a statement in which it confirms its inspection report of the Town and Country Kiddies Nursery in Lincolnshire has been removed from its website.

The nursery, in Market Rasen, was downgraded from "outstanding" to "good" by Ofsted and told it was not providing enough opportunities for its children to "learn about people who are different to themselves". Parents said it was an example of "politically-correct nonsense".

We are aware of the concerns around our inspection of Town and Country Kiddies Nursery, and have taken the report down from our website while we look into the matter.

All early years providers must follow the statutory guidance as directed by the Department for Education, which includes ‘guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment’.

The guidance goes on to state that children should ‘know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions’. Inspectors have a duty to follow these guidelines during every inspection and will naturally reference them in their reports.

– Ofsted spokesperson

Ann Maguire's legacy lives on through the arts

Much loved teacher Ann Maguire

It's two years today since Ann Maguire was stabbed to death by a pupil as she taught a Spanish lesson at a school in Leeds.

The much-loved teacher, wife and mother dedicated her working life to bringing the arts to young people and in the wake of her death, a scheme was launched in her name to continue that work.

Today the Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund is benefiting thousands of children. For Ann's daughters Kerry and Emma-Jane, the fund has been the key to making sure their mother's legacy lives on.

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'World's fastest car' to inspire next generation of engineers

One of the world's fastest cars, Bloodhound, is in Rotherham today as part of an initiative to encourage young people to get into engineering. The Get Up To Speed event is highlighting careers in technology and manufacturing.

Getting Bloodhound to the event is a real coup. It really is the ultimate demonstration of British engineering and technology and it's amazing to think that many of the parts for the car are designed and manufactured here in the Sheffield City Region.

We hope that the students and business people who see it will be inspired by what is a truly remarkable piece of engineering.

– John Barber, work-wise Foundation

Winners and losers in scramble for school places

It has been an anxious day for thousands of parents across the region as they discovered whether they were winners or losers in the annual scramble for primary school places.

Around nine out of every ten HAVE secured their first choice place for youngsters due to begin their schooldays in the autumn. But many have missed out and are now bracing themselves for appeals, adjudications and possible disappointment. Jon Hill reports.

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93% of North Yorkshire parents secure first choice primary school

Children at school. Credit: PA

This year over 93 per cent of parents or carers of primary age children secured their first school preference in North Yorkshire.

93%
of North Yorkshire parents/carers secured first school preference

This figure is very close to last year’s figure of 94 per cent and a higher figure than many other places in the country. 97 per cent of families in the county secured one of their top three preferences.

97%
of families in the country secured one of their top 3 preferences.

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