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Worcester schoolchildren moved due to water problems

Pupils are being moved away from the site for the next year. Credit: Google Street View

Children at a school in Worcestershire are being relocated for a year, after long-term problems with water getting into the building.

They've been using de-humidifiers 14 hours a day, every day, at Colwall Church of England Primary School in Malvern.

Pupils will be moved into temporary buildings from September while major work to fix the issue is carried out.

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Disruption at Walsall Council due to strike action

Council bosses have said there has been disruption to its services today because of strike action.

Frontline services have been running as normal although rubbish collections in the borough have been affected.

Walsall Gala Baths closed at 3pm.

Domestic household waste collections have been disrupted in Fishley/Little Bloxwich, Goscote, Bloxwich North, Harden(part), Sandbank area, Leamore(part), Short Heath and Coppice Farm.

A number of schools are closed, garden waste collections have been suspended and Walsall Leather Museum has been shut all day.

"I would like to apologise to those residents who have been inconvenienced today as a result of the industrial action."Where there has been an impact, such as rubbish collections, we have put plans in place to ensure that the disruption is kept to a minimum and I would like to thank residents for their patience and understanding."

– Councillor Mike Bird, Walsall Council leader
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Local authority defends decision to prosecute parents

The decision to prosecute a couple who took their children on holiday to Australia during term time has been defended by the local authority.

Our schools follow the guidance set down by the Department for Education in trying to maintain good levels of attendance.

Schools decide whether to authorise leave based on whether they think there are exceptional circumstances.

Penalty notices are issued by the council at the request of schools for various reasons including where the school has felt there were no exceptional circumstances to justify absence.

– Coventry City Council statement

Read: Criminal record for parents who took children on holiday during term time

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Criminal records for term-time holiday couple 'damaging'

A court decision to hand a couple criminal records for taking their children on holiday during term time has "done a lot of damage to the family", an MP has told ITV News.

John Hemming MP, who heads the group Parents Want a Say which campaigns against rules preventing parents from taking their children on holiday during term time, said the parents "may have to end up accepting this unjust decision" because of financial limitations.

John Hemming MP heads the group Parents Want a Say. Credit: David Jones/PA Wire

He said: "It is sad that the courts take the view that a parent doing the best they can for their children in difficult circumstances is guilty of a criminal offence even though the parents got a conditional discharge.

"This case has done a lot of damage to that family and the costs of arguing in court have ended up as prohibitive.

"The difficulty for the mother is that she probably cannot take the financial risk of taking this case to judicial review and may have to end up accepting this unjust decision merely because of the financial limitations.

"The secrecy applied to this case does not to me seem to be justified and seems to be driven by a desire to keep the publicity to a minimum. I will be speaking further to the mother in the days to come."

Read: Criminal record for parents who took children on holiday during term time

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Leicestershire school remains open despite teachers supporting strikes

St Peter's Catholic School sent this letter to parents about the strikes
St Peter's Catholic School sent this letter to parents about the strikes Credit: Twitter/@RachelFairfiel1

A Leicestershire school has sent a letter to parents telling them they are staying open today despite their teachers supporting the public sector strike action.

St. Peter's Catholic School in Earl Shilton told parents they "strongly support the strike action" but are not walking out because it "would cause too much disruption for our year 6 children's final week."

The school also says it means a lot to them to say farewell to the children who have "been part of our lives for the past seven years."

Library of Birmingham to offer reduced service during strikes

The Library of Birmingham will offer a reduced service during the strikes
The Library of Birmingham will offer a reduced service during the strikes Credit: PA Wire

The Library of Birmingham says it is offering a reduced service today because of the public sector strike action.

It also advises people to check with their local library to see if it is closed.

Contact details for Birmingham libraries can be found here.

Read: public sector to strike over working conditions

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