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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.

Inquest into death of Leeds teacher Ann Maguire resumes

The inquest in to the death of Leeds school teacher Ann Maguire will resume after a review of the circumstances surrounding her death is published this summer.

Ann Maguire was stabbed while she taught a Spanish lesson in April 2014. Will Cornick, who was 15 at the time, is currently serving 20 years in prison for her murder.


Ann Maguire's legacy: Memorial fund benefits creative youngsters

Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund was set up by the teacher's family to continue her life's work of helping and motivating children through the arts.

Arts, dance groups and theatres, as well as individuals, are now benefitting from the grants, which aim to develop the creative aspirations of young people.

Fiona Dwyer has been talking to some of those who have already benefited:

Murdered teacher's sisters mark first anniversary of her death

Exactly one year after the shocking murder of teacher Ann Maguire in her classroom it's been revealed that a review is being launched to find out what lessons can be learned from the tragedy.

The Leeds Safeguarding Children Board is to investigate how the emergency agencies worked together in the aftermath. It will also look at events at the school before the killing.

To mark today's anniversary pupils and staff joined Mrs Maguire's family for a private mass at Corpus Christi College, followed by a balloon release in the grounds.

Christine Talbot has been speaking to Mrs Maguire's sisters, Denise and Shelagh who revealed how the response of everyone who knew Ann and even those who never met her has helped them cope one year on.

Pupils and teachers to come together in memory of Ann Maguire

A service is being held today at the school in Leeds where the teacher Ann Maguire was murdered a year ago.

Pupils and teachers are taking part in a private mass to celebrate the 40 years she spent at Corpus Christi College.

Her family say the arts charity set up in her memory has seen tremendous support.

Meanwhile, it has been revealed that Leeds Safeguarding Children Board will examine events in the school before and after the murder - and the emergency services' response.

Following the conclusion of the criminal trial, the closing of the coroner’s inquest and the subsequent appeal to the High Court in London, I have determined, on the recommendation of the LSCB Serious Case Review sub-committee, that the legal grounds for conducting a serious case review into the death of Ann Maguire are not met.

I have decided it is appropriate to undertake a two-stage learning lessons review to establish any learning from how professionals worked together to safeguard the children at the school and promote their welfare immediately prior to and following the incident. We will also review how all the local emergency agencies worked together in response to the incident, and this will draw on all the relevant evidence available.

An independent reviewer will undertake this work, with a view to the report being published later this year.

– Jane Held, independent chair of the Leeds Safeguarding Children Board
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