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Flooded primary school re-opens

Back to school Credit: PA

Central Street infant and nursery school in Hebden Bridge is welcoming back its pupils today after being flooded on Boxing Day.

Staff, parents and helpers have worked around the clock over the Christmas break to clean and repair the building. Some of the youngsters are being relocated to a nearby school but the rest return today.

All children will need to bring a packed lunch and we might need a couple of spares. We currently have no heating, phone lines or internet access at school. We ask that children wear something warm - we are sourcing some heaters.

– Head teacher Jenny Melling

The nearby Riverside Junior School was also flooded and its pupils have been told they can't now return until Monday, January 11th.

Flood-hit school's pupils face 5 mile school run

A school devastated by the Boxing Day floods says its 258 pupils will be taught elsewhere for up to six months.

Flood damaged equipment outside Burnley Rd Academy Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Nursery, reception and years 1 and 2 from Burnley Road Academy in Mytholmroyd will travel five miles to Halifax for lessons at Savile Park Primary School's Heath site.

A flooded classroom at Mytholmroyd's Burnley Road Academy Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The rest of the children will go to nearby secondary school Calder High.

Work has begun to repair the damage to the school which is raising funds to replace lost resources.

A flooded classroom at Mytholmroyd's Burnley Road Academy Credit: ITV Yorkshire

James Milner installed as Leeds Children's University chancellor

Footballer, James Milner, has been installed as the Chancellor of Leeds Children's University.

James Milner is installed as Chancellor of the Leeds Children's University

Based at Leeds Trinity University, Leeds Children’s University aims to promote social mobility by providing activities and experiences outside normal school hours. The organisations say they want to "raise aspirations, boost achievement and foster a love of learning."

I’m delighted to have been formally installed as Chancellor, it truly is a great honour. I hope to raise awareness of the benefits and skills that can be gained by taking part in extra-curricular learning activities.

Through my own experiences of the commitment and drive it takes to pursue dreams and ambitions outside of the classroom, I hope I can inspire the members of Leeds Children’s University.

– James Milner


Doncaster's new children's service trust 'failing'

An independent children’s services trust - set up after ‘historic failures’ led to the department being removed from the care of Doncaster Council - has been rated as 'inadequate' by Ofsted.

In the first inspection of Doncaster Children’s Services Trust, the watchdog labelled the trust inadequate for the services it provides to children who need ‘help and protection’.

The trust was also told it needed improvement in three out of five inspected areas – children being looked after and achieving permanence, the experiences of care leavers, and the trust’s leadership management and governance.

It received a ‘good’ rating for its adoption services – but because of the rating awarded for child protection the trust has been given an overall rating of ‘inadequate’ by inspectors.

The report has been published today.

Doncaster Children’s Services Trust chief executive Paul Moffat said today he knows there ‘is still a lot to do’.

He said: “The inspectors confirmed the challenges we had already identified.

“We are making strong progress against our improvement plan and we are on track to reach the targets which were set for us by the Council and the Government.

“Today’s Ofsted report shows we are heading in the right direction on our rigorous improvement journey to transform services for children, young people and families.”

The trust runs services including fostering, adoption, children’s homes and child protection on behalf of Doncaster council.

It was set up last year after the local authority was stripped of its children’s services in 2013 after the Government deemed them to have a ‘legacy of failure’.'

The Government began supervising children’s services in 2009 following the deaths of seven children in the borough through abuse or neglect over five years.

Less than a year later a serious case review found attacks in Edlington, in which two young boys were tortured by two brothers, aged 11 and 12, had been ‘preventable’.

A fifth of Yorkshire Year Six schoolchildren are obese

Statistics out today show that almost a fifth of Yorkshire's schoolchildren are obese in their last year at primary school. A national programme to measure children also indicates that the situation amounts children is worse than ten years ago.

Parkinson Lane Primary School in Halifax runs a breakfast club to encourage children to eat healthy food. Headmaster Gugsy Ahmed says parents are encouraged to attend exercise classes alongside their children to make sure that the message about active lifestyle reaches pupils when they go home from school.

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