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Alan Turing film nominated for eight Oscars

A film based on the work of the genius mathematician Alan Turing, who developed some of the world's first computers when he worked at Manchester University, has been nominated for eight Oscars, including Best Picture.

Alan Turing is played by Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game Credit: Manchester University/PA

The Imitation Game stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing, and follows his work cracking the Enigma code during the Second World War.

The film is nominated for Best Picture and Best Director among others, while starts Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley are nominated for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress.

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Firefighters tackle elderly winter cold crisis

The elderly are more vulnerable in colder months Credit: PA

Fifty older people in Greater Manchester are getting help from the Fire and Rescue service to stay warm and well fed this winter. The service is launching Safe4winter campaign. A fire engine will deliver hampers of food today and firefighters will give advice on keeping safe. Firefighters are also urging other members of the public to look out for relatives and friends.

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Some of our high schools just aren't good enough

There are parts of the North West where two thirds of high schools are not good enough. In the annual Ofsted report, chief inspector of schools Sir Michael Wilshaw says parents in St Helens, Blackpool and Oldham should "rightly worry" about the schools their children go to. Teachers say they need time and space to deal with the problems.

Ofsted says children in parts of North West have less than 50% chance of attending a good secondary school

Ofsted say there is a postcode lottery in secondary education in parts of North West Credit: PA

Children from four local authorities in the region have less than a 50% chance of attending a good secondary school according to Ofsted.

Tameside, Blackpool, Oldham and St Helens are among 13 areas across the UK in which less than 50% of schools are good or outstanding according to the school inspectors.

  • Tameside: 49% (up 3 points from last year)
  • Blackpool: 38% (down 8points)
  • Oldham: 36% (down 21points)
  • St Helens: 35%

Jo Morgan, Ofsted Regional Director for the North West, said:

The quality of provision for too many children remains a postcode lottery.

There is simply too much variation across the region and the quality of education in secondary schools continues to lag behind primary.

These shortcomings are hitting the region’s poorest and most disadvantaged children the hardest. White British young people from poor families are particularly getting a raw deal.

Currently, too much leadership is at best unfocused and at worst completely absent.

Too few outstanding leaders and teachers are working in the areas which need them the most.

– Jo Morgan, Ofsted Regional Director for the North West
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