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Ashton MP joins grammar schools protest

Labour party members across the north west have been gathering names for a petition against the government's plans for grammar schools.

It follows a call for a day of action against the proposals by the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn at the party's conference in Liverpool last week.

Ashton-under-Lyne MP and shadow education secretary Angela Rayner joined the protest in the town.

Grammar schools could lead to 'bigger gap between rich & poor' in North West

Creating more grammar schools could lead to a bigger gap between rich and poor, according to a new report.

The warnings come ahead of the Government's controversial plans to expand the current grammar school system.

The findings suggest rather than aiding social mobility, current grammars are widening division.

In a special report our correspondent Mel Barham has been hearing from headteachers, parents and pupils from across the North West on both sides of a rather heated debate.

More Grammar schools will "widen division"

Creating more grammar schools could lead to a bigger gap between rich and poor, according to a new report.

The warnings come ahead of the Government's controversial plans to expand the current grammar school system.

The findings suggest rather than aiding social mobility, current grammars are widening division.

Ian Fenn is Headteacher at Burnage Academy for boys in Manchester.

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Children's services in Wirral 'inadequate', say OFSTED

Wallasey Town Credit: ITV

Inspectors have described children's services in Wirral as inadequate, and have criticised its leadership and management.

In a report published today OFSTED inspectors say there are widespread and serious failures in the services provided by the council to children who need help and protection.

It says there has been a significant deterioration in quality since the last inspection four years ago.

Officers at Wallasey Town Hall say the authority is investing two million pounds in an improvement plan.

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