A 22-year-old student has been found dead at one of Manchester University's halls of residence.Read the full story ›
When it was launched last year the Government said its long term aim was to help mums and dads go back to work if they want to.
Wigan is one of the areas that was chosen for a pilot scheme, where the hours of free child care have been doubled to thirty.
It's been welcomed by many, although some nurseries have serious concerns about what will happen when the scheme is extended.
With the trial in Wigan at its halfway stage, Mel Barham has been investigating:
The son of George Orwell will retrace his father's footsteps 80 years on from the publication of the Road to Wigan Pier
Wigan will host a week of celebrations to mark the 80th anniversary of the publication of the Road to Wigan Pier.
George Orwell's landmark journalistic masterpiece on the plight of the working class in 1930s England was first published on March 8th 1937.
To mark the anniversary the Orwell Society in collaboration with Wigan Council and organisations throughout the town are hosting a number of events.
Members of the Orwell Society from as far away as the US will be travelling to Wigan, including the son of George Orwell, Richard Blair.
He will hear Wigan school children read their own poems inspired by his father's work.
A number of staff have been suspended at Bollin Primary School in Bowden after a video emerged of teachers celebrating on the school groundsRead the full story ›
Leisure bosses in Salford have banned sugary drinks in a bid to help tackle the city's obesity problem.Read the full story ›
Children across England find out on Wednesday which secondary school they will be attending, but how do you appeal the decision?Read the full story ›
Parents in Liverpool have seen the biggest drop in their first choices for secondary schools for their children.
Government data for 2015 showed a seven per cent drop in preferred options.
A spokesman for Liverpool City Council said the reasons why included an increase in the city's population and a rise in admissions, a trend expected to continue for the next few years. And he said the conversion of independent schools to academies in 2013 has affected how parents approach their selections.
A primary school that shut with 'immediate effect' due to governor, teacher, parent infighting will reopen from Thursday, Council confirms.Read the full story ›
A troubled primary school has been closed ‘with immediate effect’ following drastic intervention by council bosses.Read the full story ›
Students will be able to secure a degree within two years instead of three but the cost could be as much as £13,500 a year.Read the full story ›