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Teachers strike across the region

Thousands of teachers across our region who are taking strike action for a second time in under six months.

In Sheffield today, more than 600 members of the National Union of Teachers took to the streets over pay, pensions and conditions. Around 220 schools have been closed across North, South and West Yorkshire with hundreds more partially closed down.

Teachers say that one of the issues they're striking over is an increased workload, but the Schools Minister, David Laws MP, says the strikes aren't sensible.

Open day as school builds real life plane

Members of the public are being invited to Goole High School today where students involved in a Build a Plane project are to hold an Open Day. Work is underway on the Spirit of Goole scheme which will see the production of a fully operational bi-plane by the summer.

Students are currently putting together more than 10,000 parts that are starting to take shape as the tail and fuselage of the plane, which will eventually be used to offer flying lessons from Breighton Airfield.


Poorer children failing at school

A fifth of all children in the region who have free school meals fail to reach the accepted standard for reading, writing and arithmetic, according to charity Save the Children.

Children who are behind in the "three Rs" at the age of seven already have their life chances virtually determined, the charity says.

In a new report, "Too Young to Fail," Save the Children said being behind at these core subjects at such a young age could prejudice a child's future earnings, health and, in economic terms, cost the country billions in lost revenue.

Children create "human food chain" in Sheffield

Hundreds of pupils took to the streets of Sheffield today to form a human food chain from outside their school gates , a mile across the city, to a charity's warehouse.

All 1400 children from All Saints Roman Catholic High School linked up to pass tinned food down the line -and they were all kept in line by a mobile banana, as Martin Fisher reports.

Top attendance figures for two local schools

A North Yorkshire primary school and a secondary school from Lincolnshire are among some of the best in the country when it comes to attendance records. The Department of Education has published statistics on absence for the 2011-12 academic year.

And they show that Great Ouseburn Community Primary School is fifth in the table of primary schools with the best attendance records in England, and Caistor Grammor School in Lincolnshire ninth in the table of Secondary schools.

Almost 60,000 fewer children were persistently absent from school last year. The decline follows the Government’s decision to lower the persistent absence threshold from 20 per cent of school missed to 15 per cent of school missed so that heads can step in earlier to tackle problems.

If children are are not in school they cannot learn. Too many children are still missing too many lessons. We must continue to tackle poor attendance and make sure every pupil gets a good education.

– Department of Education spokesperson


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
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