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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.

  1. Ashley Derricott

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

Multi-million pound investment in MOSI

Artist impression of new home for science engagement at the Museum of Science & Industry Credit: MOSI

The Chancellor, George Osborne MP, has announced a £3 million investment to help create a stunning new temporary exhibition space at the Museum of Science & Industry. Speaking at the official launch of European City of Science 2016 at the Museum, attended by the city’s leading science and business figures, the Chancellor set out further Government plans to prioritise science investment in the North West

“This new exhibition space will allow us to deliver innovative exhibitions that will further enhance the city’s reputation for cutting-edge science. The Government’s invaluable financial support means we can do more to feed the enormous passion for science in the North West, serving our annual audience of more than 700,000 visitors and motivating more people to explore both the science and extraordinary heritage on offer at our Museum.

– Director Sally MacDonald

Science is key to maximising the economic potential of our great northern cities and is at the heart of our long-term economic plan.

The North of England has huge expertise in this area as is demonstrated by the well-deserved award of European City of Science 2016 to Manchester. The challenge now is to build on that expertise by nurturing new scientific talent, promoting innovation and investing in infrastructure. The huge investment we are delivering in science will ensure that this happens and that the north will lead the way.

– Chancellor, George Osborne
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