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Overhaul announced for two Sheffield schools

Sheffield City Council is backing plans to rebuild two primary schools. Fox Hill Primary on Powey Road will be rebuilt on the same site as the existing school. The old school will then be demolished.

Prince Edward Primary School, on City Road, will also be rebuilt on part of the existing school site and part of a cleared Council housing site. The future of the cleared site will be discussed at a later date.

Pupils will be able to continue with their studies in both cases and will have minimal disruption while work is carried out. All staff will retain their jobs as well.

"It is great to be able to rebuild these two schools that need lots of improvements. Research has shown a good educational environment improves educational attainment and behaviour."

– Councillor Jackie Drayton

South Leeds youth get £100,000 boost

Children and young people in south Leeds will benefit from a range of new and exciting initiatives including cooking classes, dance classes, bike maintenance and training for young junior reporters as part of £100,000 that has been invested by the area committee.

Submissions were invited from the area committee as to what would best benefit the area, and over £300,000 of submissions were made. Out of these submissions, 13 projects have been approved, all of which will be put in place by 1st April.

“We’re really excited about the range of activities for young people that we’ve agreed to fund for 2013/14.

“ Many of the projects will be delivered by organisations that we haven’t funded before or from organisations that have proposed new and innovative opportunities for young people in the area”.

– Councillor Angela Gabriel, chair of the inner south area committee,


"Riley was a bubbly, happy child" say family

Riley Turner

Riley Turner's family have thanked those who have supported them following the four-year-old's death last week. He was found at his home in Keighley on January 20.

Releasing a picture of Riley for the first time, the family said: “We would like to thank members of the Keighley community for their support and kind wishes.

“Riley was a bubbly, happy child and loved dearly by his family.”

32-year-old Anwar Rosser was arrested and has since been charged with his murder. He will appear at Bradford Crown Court in April for a plea hearing.

Witnesses sought for crash which killed two girls

Derbyshire Police have said two children who died in a crash near Creswell in Derbyshire yesterday were just five years old and 22 months old.

The collision, between a Peugeot 106 and a Citroen C2 on the B6042, left their mother and seven-year-old sister with minor injuries.

The family, from the Worksop area, were travelling towards the A60 when their Peugeot collided with the Citroen, which was being driven in the opposite direction.

The driver of the Citroen, a 23-year-old woman from Worksop, suffered an arm injury.

Derbyshire Police are urging spokesman urged anyone with information to contact the force's witness appeal line on 01773 572 929.

Child poverty in the Calendar region

Shocking figures have revealed that Yorkshire has one of the highest rates of child poverty in the country. The rest of the region fares little better, with tens of thousands of youngsters missing out on basic essentials - warm clothing, shoes, and even food.

The figures have been released today by the charity Save the Children, which is now turning its attention to poverty-stricken Britain for the first time ever, blaming the Government's austerity measures.


Government says welfare reforms will tackle child poverty in the region

The Government has responded to a report by Save the Children, which has found that a third of children in Yorkshire and the Humber and a quarter of children in the East Midlands, which includes Lincolnshire.

A spokesperson said: "Despite £150bn being poured into benefits and tax credits over the last decade, the previous Government's approach to tackling child poverty has failed with the UK missing its own 2010 child poverty targets.

The Government remains committed to eradicating child poverty, but we want to take a new approach by tackling the root causes including worklessness, educational failure and family breakdown.

And our welfare reforms will improve the lives of some of the poorest families in our communities, with the Universal Credit simplifying the complex myriad of benefits and lifting 350,000 children and 550,000 adults out of poverty"

– Government spokesperson
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