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Four new free schools given the go-ahead

The government has announced four new free schools in the region have been given the go ahead.

Free schools are brand new schools set up by parents, teachers and charities in response to demand from the local community. Today's announcement brings the total number of open and approved free schools to 331, creating 175,000 new places overall.

The new free schools in our area are;

  • Elements Primary School, Barnsley

  • Elliott Hudson College, Leeds

  • Hunsley Primary, East Riding of Yorkshire

  • Temple Learning Academy, Leeds

Schoolboy in "used needle" scare

The mother of a 7 year old boy who was stuck by a drug users needle while on school property, has criticised the way staff dealt with her sons injury.

Louise Gibbins from Hull says she wants the wildlife garden at Bude Park primary School cleaning up before another child is hurt. Victoria Whittam reports

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Bradford school denies "Trojan Horse" claims

Carlton Bolling College School have issued the following response following reports that the school was involved in a "Trojan Horse" plot.

Carlton Bolling College School is a good school. We are on a journey to aspire to be "outstanding". I am immensely proud of both our students and staff. We deliver the full curriculum, including Arts & Drama, and we meet the needs of all our children; Muslim or not.

In recognition of the diverse challenges, we employed staff with Eastern European language skills. The facts are, that we recruit the best staff, irrespective of religion, race, colour or background, and for your information, the school is headed by a non-muslim headteacher, leading a diverse and dedicated workforce.

– Carlton Bolling College

As a school, we work in partnership with our parents. We respect the concerns that they may have, and are sensitive to them. We try to accommodate them where we can, so that children are not excluded from participation, and are therefore fully inclusive. These unfounded and unsubstantiated fears are part of a smear campaign to link Bradford to a non-existent plot. This all feels like a politically motivated "witch hunt" to destabilise governing bodies with majority Muslim governors, who have been democratically elected, and who are engaging lawfully within our British society and its values.

– Carlton Bolling College

Children pleading for safer roads

Thousands of children will take to the region's streets today in a plea to make highways safer for walking and cycling.

The initiative is part of the Giant Walking Bus, a campaign co-ordinated by the Yorkshire-based road safety charity Brake and webuyanycar.com.

The event aims to give children a voice, calling on drivers and the Government to make their streets safer for walking and cycling, to enable them to live healthy, active lifestyles.

The thousands of kids out on the streets today should send a clear message to everyone: kids want to be able to get out and walk and cycle, and by not making our streets safe, we are denying them the fun, active childhoods they deserve.

"This has serious implications for their long-term health and wellbeing, the burden on our NHS, the environment, and our society as a whole. If we are going to create an environment fit for our children we need to put them - not motor vehicles - first."

– Julie Townsend, Brake deputy chief executive

Brake wants drivers to slow down to 20mph or less around homes, schools and shops and also wants to see local authorities continuing to roll out 20mph limits.

Brake also wants the Government to make 20mph the national urban default.

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WW1 postcards uncovered by Lincs Uni boffins

Postcard by First World war troop
Postcard by First World war troop Credit: The University of Lincoln

As the world commemorates the centenary of the First World War, a fascinating selection of rare postcards and trench publications will go on show to the public for the first time today.

Postcard by First World war troop
Postcard by First World war troop Credit: The University of Lincoln

Discovered as part of a pioneering research project at the University of Lincoln, the collection of French and German postcards and newspapers produced by front-line soldiers expose the thoughts and feelings of those serving throughout the First World War.

Cartoon by First World War soldier
Cartoon by First World War soldier Credit: the University of Lincoln

The revealing materials will form part of the new Never Again! World War I in Cartoon and Comic Art exhibition at The Cartoon Museum in London

Red Arrows pilot to present awards to Lincoln students

Flt. Lt. Jon Egging
Flt. Lt. Jon Egging, in whose memory the Blue Skies charity was set up Credit: Ministry of Defence

Students from Priory Witham Academy in Lincoln will be presented with awards today to recognise their completion of the Blue Skies Programme by Red Arrows pilot, Flight Lieutenant Steve Morris.

The charity was set up in memory of Red Arrows pilot Jon Egging who lost his life in August 2011 whilst completing a display at the Bournemouth Air Festival.

The charity realises his dream of helping young people overcome adversity, identify their strengths and work towards their ambitions.

Twenty five students aged 13 to 15 from the Academy have been mentored through the nine session programme by inspirational individuals from RAF Coningsby, RAF Cranwell, RAF Scampton, RAF Wittering, RAF Waddington and MoD North Luffenham.

With the help of trained personnel from across the base, these level 1 and level 2 students have been guided through problem solving, teamwork and communication tasks, which will provide the Level 1 students with credits towards a qualification in BTEC Workskills.

JLS star goes back to school

Former JLS star JB Gill has gone back to college to inspire a new generation of music moguls.

JB was in Sheffield this afternoon to launch his new showbiz school - and a course which he helped design - to teach students about music management.

The two year course starts later this year - and JB himself - will be taking some of the lessons - as Michael Billington has found out.

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