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There's an increase in North West students gaining top grades

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The number of students in the North West gaining top grades at A Level is UP slightly.

With 24.6% of pupil getting A* and A grades, but like the rest of the country the overall pass rate is slightly down, with 97.6% students in England receiving A*-E grades, down 0.3%.

The exams have changed this year, relying only on a final exam and not course work.

Figures suggest there has been a fall in the number of students accepted on degree courses at UK universities.

Research by the Sutton Trust suggests that young people are less likely to think that getting a degree is important in order to do well in life.

Future of Preston Youth Zone hangs in the balance

The future of the Youth Zone in Preston still hangs in the balance after Lancashire County Council deferred a decision on whether to scrap it.

The council says its had no bids from potential operators.

Campaigners gathered ahead of the meeting.

There's a similar zone in Chorley and one of its backers Martin Ainscough says its a vital community resource.

An opinion echoed by some of the younger clients:

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North West to get specialist Maths college

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The University of Liverpool Mathematics College will become the first specialist maths college to open in the north of England. Due to open in 2020, at a location close to the University campus, the ULMC will welcome up to 80 pupils per year when fully operational to study Maths, Further Maths and Physics A Levels with other subjects like Computer Science and Music under consideration.

The ULMC will work in partnership with local schools to raise aspirations and attainment levels in mathematics. And it will also look to address the shortage of female students in the study of further mathematics.

In today's global economy, it is essential that the UK develops the potential of our most talented maths students and this initiative is a much needed response to that challenge.

– Dame Janet Beer, Vice Chancellor, University of Liverpool

School goes back in time to learn about the Great War

A school in Lancashire has brought history to life by giving pupils a taste of life in the trenches of the First World War.

The idea is just the latest Great War project at Barnacre Road Primary School in Longridge. This time, pupils got the chance to dress like soldiers, eat a typical trench meal and do a spot of square-bashing as well.

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Dads Ultra run to ensure children's health

Steve and Louie with pupils from St Nicholas CofE Credit: St Nicholas Primary School

Two fathers from Crosby have set themselves the ultimate challenge to highlight the issue of children being healthy. Steve Turner and Louie Farrell will be running the full length of the Liverpool – Leeds canal over just two days to raise funds for St Nicholas CE Primary School, Blundellsands. The school wants to build its own all-weather running track to encourage its pupils to get outdoors and be active.

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Steve and Louie will start their impressive 135 mile run on Thursday 21 st June from St Nicholas CE Primary School. Infantry Regiment, The Rifles of the British Army – where Louie is currently a serving Army Sergeant Major - will join children and staff to send Louie and Steve on their way. Everyone will run the first mile of the challenge around the distance of the school’s field where the track is set to be built. Steve and Louie will head to the Liver Buildings and then the canal path to begin the full distance.

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