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Maths success for "slipper" school

Children wear slippers in lessons Credit: ITV Central/PeterBearne

A Derbyshire school which hit the headlines for allowing its children to wear slippers has won praise for its achievements in Maths.

Findern Primary has received a letter from the Department for Education congratulating it on being in the top two per cent of schools in the country for its Maths SATs results.

The school is in the top 2% in the country for KS2 maths results Credit: ITV Central/PeterBearne

100 per cent of pupils attained the expected or above standard in the tests taken last summer.

In January of this year, the school decided to allow children to wear their slippers in lessons.

Headteacher Emma Titchener introduced the comfy option after finding out about research showing "shoeless learning" can improve behaviour and classwork. Staff will evaluate the success of the scheme in July.

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School leavers 'expect to be on benefits'

One in five teenagers receiving their GCSE results in the Midlands next week could be receiving unemployment benefit by the time they are 21.

According to a report by the Prince's Trust, thousands of young people who get poor grades are giving up on their ambitions.

Students taking their GCSEs Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Prince's Trust and Sheffield University have based their predictions on trends seen during previous recessions. Last year, in England alone, around 250,000 young people left school with fewer than five good GCSEs, including Maths and English.

As a result of its research, the Prince's Trust is launching a new skills development programme for young people called Get into Hospital Services. It will also be extending its Get into Social Care, Get into Youth Work and Get into Hospitality schemes.

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Head teacher found dead at school

An investigation is underway after a head teacher's body was found at a primary school in Worcestershire.

Helen Mann,who was in her 40s, was pronounced dead yesterday at Sytchampton Endowed First School near Stourport-on-Severn.

Police say the death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious.

In a statement issued by Worcestershire County Council, the school's chairwoman of governors, Stephanie Gait, said:

"It is with great sadness that we confirm the passing of our head teacher, Helen Mann.

"We offer our deepest sympathy to Helen's family, friends and colleagues.

"We have taken the decision to close school today and tomorrow and are working with the local authority to provide support to staff and pupils."

– Stephanie Gait
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