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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.

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.

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

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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.

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
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