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Loughborough teen to mark 750 years of Parliament

A teenager from Loughborough will join MPs and other dignitaries in a ceremony to mark the 750th anniversary of the English Parliament.

Rina Roy

Rina Roy is one of 6 youngsters chosen from across the country to head to Westminster for the unique celebration.

"I think it's really special, it's once in a lifetime, it's very educational.

I really want to find out a bit more about the 750th anniversary of de Montfort Parliament.

I feel really very privileged to have been chosen out of 400 people. "

– Rina Roy

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Head claims government has 'dodged responsibility'

A headteacher has claimed that the government has 'dodged responsibility' over tackling extremism in schools.

It's farcical that central government can dodge responsibility when it wants to, that ministers feel that such stark warnings could be ignored and neither immediate action nor policy change needs to take place.

Because I didn't say, 'You must intervene in this way', they are letting themselves off the hook. As a headteacher without jurisdiction to make decisions about what to do next, I don't know what more I can do than lay out a clearly evidenced picture.

I went into a room (where) people acknowledged something needs to happen. The assumption it didn't because I didn't tell them what to do, is unreasonable.

– Tim Boyes, head of Queensfield School, Birmingham,
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Head warns of 'farcical' handling of potential extremism

A school headteacher who warned the Government about potential extremism in schools before the Trojan Horse scandal has described the Department for Education's (DfE) handling of the issue as "farcical".

Head warns of 'farcical' handling of potential extremism. Credit: PA

An internal review found no instances of the DfE ignoring "specific warnings" of extremism in schools but it "lacked inquisitiveness" on the issue in the past.

But Tim Boyes, head of Queensfield School, Birmingham, said he met a minister and officials twice in 2010 to discuss Muslim hardliners infiltrating schools, but no action was taken.

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