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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.


Volunteers needed to run Leicestershire's libraries

Volunteers are key to keeping local libraries alive. Credit: ITV News Central

People are being encouraged to register their interest to run Leicestershire's libraries.

Volunteers are needed to manage 36 community libraries with support from the county council.

Last year following a consultation in May, the county council agreed to a series of measures to save eight hundred thousand pounds from its £5.6m library budget.

Research shows children arriving at school hungry

More than a third of teachers in the West Midlands have seen an increase in the number of pupils arriving to school hungry compared to this time last year, according to new research by YouGov.

A stock photo of a school meal Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

35% of teachers said they have seen a rise in the number of children arriving to school hungry - more than anywhere else in the UK.

The figure for teachers in the East Midlands who have seen a rise is 20%.

Derby's 'crime house' to be officially opened

The University of Derby's new Forensic Training Facility will be officially opened later.

The building looks like a four bedroom house from the outside. But hidden inside are seven replica crime scenes and a blood pattern analysis room.

The 'crime house' will allow students to work on crime scenes in a real life setting.

Staff from the emergency services will also use the house for training purposes.


Primary school forced to close after infestation of mice

Stockshot of a mouse Credit: PA

A primary school in Birmingham has been forced to stay closed after the Chritmas break because of an infestation of mice.

Leigh Primary School in Washwood Heath put a message out apologising to parents saying it had taken the action after advice from pest controllers.

The school, which teaches 558 pupils from the ages of 4 to 11, is now being deep cleaned.

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