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Mother claims education system "failing" son

A mother - and former school governor - claims her teenage son with learning difficulties is being failed by the education system.

Angela Kingston has removed her son from his school in Bridlington, claiming he was left unsupervised between lessons, which contravenes his statement of special needs.

With recent figures suggesting that pupils with special needs are more likely to be excluded from school, she says something needs to change. Fiona Dwyer reports.

A spokesman for East Yorkshire Council said: "We always aim to work with the families of children with special educational needs to ensure they receive the education and support that they need. We have been working with all involved with the family to find a resolution."

Iraqi health professionals learn skills to rebuild country's cancer care

Iraqi students at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Credit: Sheffield Teaching Hospitals

Iraqi physicists are learning ways to rebuild their country's radiotherapy cancer care in a project run by Sheffield Hallam University in partnership with Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and sponsored by the Iraq Ministry of Health.

The five-year project will see more than 400 Iraqi healthcare staff stay in the city to learn about British healthcare, during which they will learn how services at Weston Park Hospitaldeliver cancer care.

Each group will be shown how the patient pathway is structured and will be given talks and demonstrations from experienced Weston Park Hospital staff and Sheffield Hallam academics.

The partnership between Sheffield Hallam and the Iraqi Ministry of Health is also training doctors and other healthcare professionals across a number of disciplines. 26 Iraqi nurses studying at the University received healthcare certificates this week after a four-month study programme.



Huddersfield Town funds breakfast clubs across Kirklees

The new Huddersfield Town Foundation has started funding six breakfast clubs across Kirklees to ensure children are kicking off their day at school in the best way possible. £30,000 is being spent on food for the 'Early Kick Off' programme which also includes a pre-school sport session.

50 pupils at each of the schools chosen to take part will benefit from the healthy meals for whole of this academic year. Fruit, vegetables, protein-rich foods and dairy products are delivered free of charge for schools to prepare. If more money can be raised it is hoped more schools could benefit.

Conservative Party attacks Labour's education record

As Ed Miliband prepares to give a conference speech in which he will pledge that a Labour Government would carry out biggest shake-up of vocational education for a generation, the Conservative Party has attacked his party's education record.

Under Labour, we saw our country’s education system plummet down the global league tables, far fewer apprenticeships created than our competitors, and youth unemployment rising even before the boom turned to bust.

This Government is taking radical steps to create more good schools, reform vocational qualifications and create far more apprenticeships than Labour ever did. But Labour have opposed our reforms that will give our children the skills to compete in a world that has changed.

– A spokesperson for the Conservative Party.
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