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Barnsley teenagers create mural to inspire others

Spraying graffiti on walls usually lands you in trouble, but it's been actively encouraged today in one South Yorkshire town.

A group of teenagers have designed a large mural in Barnsley to inspire other young people to make better life choices - avoiding things like drugs and alcohol. The council's donated a wall that's due to be demolished in around 18 months.

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Teachers may strike over 'intolerable' classroom workload

Teachers look set to ballot over strike action Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Teachers could be set to strike over 'intolerable' classroom workloads after voting on a motion suggesting the use of industrial action during this weekend's National Union of Teachers conference.

Members of the profession attending the annual conference voted in favour of "building a campaign to persuade members that national strike action will be necessary to bring about changes in the intolerable working conditions, and lack of work-life balance, created by current Government policies".

The agreement to consider industrial action came as NUT members spoke of the pressures they face which they claim are driven by increasing student numbers, a growing teacher shortage, and reduced funding for schools.

Laura Fisher, a teacher from Wakefield, told the conference that while strike action was difficult she believed it may be necessary.

She said: "I know striking is a difficult subject, it is still the biggest debate within ourselves. People say, 'I didn't become a teacher to strike'.

"But every day I strike, I am teaching children the biggest lesson of all - that their education is worth fighting for."

Members will still need to be balloted before any strike action can get the go ahead.

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Ready, teddy ..... we have lift off!

Ready Teddy

Pupils at a school in York are attempting to send a teddy bear into space - using the same computer hardware that astronaut Tim Peake is using for some of his experiments on the International Space Station.

The bear has been placed in a payload attached to a high altitude balloon by students at the Queen Margaret School in York. The project is to coincide with International Women's Day.

Attaching teddy
Preparing for lift-off

School closures due to snow

Crossley Heath School in Halifax: one of many closed today

The following schools have so far announced they will close today due to the snow. The Bradford council website is down so we are unable to update Bradford Schools at the moment.

BRADFORD BBG Academy 1 in Birkenshaw later opening at 9:30 Beckfoot School Beckfoot Upper Heaton Bradford District PRU Bradford Girls' Grammar School Braken Hill Primary Carlton Bolling College Hazelbeck Special School Hollingwood Primary School Ilkley Grammar School Stanbury Village School Thornbury Primary School Thornton Grammar School

CALDERDALE Burnley Road Academy Calder High School, A Specialist Technology College Castlefields Infant School Central Street Infant and Nursery The Crossley Heath School Elland CE (VA) J, I & N School Heptonstall J, I & N School Lightcliffe Academy Midgley School The North Halifax Grammar School Old Town Primary School Park Lane Learning Trust Rastrick High School Ravenscliffe High School and Sports College Riverside Junior School Ryburn Valley High School Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School (Sowerby Bridge) Sowerby Bridge High School Stubbings Infant School Todmorden High School, Specialist Visual Arts College Trinity Academy Halifax Wainstalls School

LEEDS Crawshaw Academy school will start at later time of 10.30 Horsforth School, Later start time of 9:30am for all students Lighthouse Free School Academy - CLOSED North West Leeds SILC and SEN Specialist Communication & Interaction College - later start time of 10:00 Priesthorpe School is open from 9:30am Westbrook Lane Primary School - Delayed start of 10am

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