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Should parents be fined for taking their children on holiday during the school term?

Should parents be fined for taking their children on holiday during the school term? Credit: PA

A landmark ruling in the Supreme Court is due to take place on the 31st January that will rule on the legality of taking children out of school during term time.

Derbyshire County Council was the first in the Midlands to abolish fines for all but the worst offenders.

Furthermore, in 2015, Craig Langman from Nuneaton started a campaign asking for a change in the law for headteachers to be given discretion on the issuing of fines. His petition received 230,00 signatures.

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Parents' concern for child safety over Starbucks drive through next to school

Parents at an infant school in Birmingham say they fear for their children's safety now that construction has began on a Starbucks drive-through next door.

The planned entrance for cars coming into the drive-through is next to the pedestrian gate for Bellfield Infant School in Northfield. The school's headteacher says that could cause a serious accident - but the developers insist they've put safety measures in place. Melissa Wright reports.


'Trojan horse' report into 'islamification' of schools

Park View, one of the schools at the centre of the 'Trojan Horse' allegations Credit: ITV News Central

Key findings of a Birmingham City Council report into the alleged islamification of schools named in the so-called 'Trojan Horse' group will be published today.

Former headteacher Ian Kershaw was appointed to work on the investigation in April.

It comes after four schools were placed in special measures by Ofsted, after an anonymous letter earlier this year alleged Muslims with hardline views were attempting to take control of schools in the city.

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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