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Parents show support for Head of Barrowford School and her 'amazing' letter to pupils

Why I love my child's school. The way families are forced to feel pitched competitively against one another is awful at a time they should be relishing the last few days of a close knit and caring school family before it's all change for big school. But if it must be done, thank goodness there are ways and there are ways...

– Sally Fort, Parent, Barrowford School

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Full report: School in Lancashire planning to ban packed lunches

by Elaine Willcox

A school in Lancashire is planning to ban packed lunches.

The headteacher at All Saints Primary in Clayton le Moors said a government adviser found fewer than 1 per cent of lunches brought into school met nutritional standards.

Too many of the 5 to 7 years olds were eating crisps and chocolate everyday so they will get a free school meal instead.

Government pledges £328m for NW transport and jobs

The money will buy new trams for Manchester Credit: ITV

The government's pledged £328m towards improving the North West's transport network, and to training schemes designed to give new skills to jobseekers. The Growth Deal will see the money invested next year, with more to come in 2016/17.

Transport improvements will include twelve new trams for Greater Manchester's Metrolink network, "new connections" to and from central Liverpool to help regenerate other parts of the city, and repairing bridges on key routes into Blackpool to support the tourist trade.

Bridges on key routes into Blackpool will be repaired Credit: ITV

The deal will also pay to train students and jobseekers across the North West. A centre dedicated to highly-skilled manufacturing will open at Furness College in Cumbria, and £47m will be spent on improving six colleges in Liverpool.

Training for jobseekers and students is part of the package Credit: ITV

Giggs gets letters after his name!

Giggs will be part of Old Trafford managment next season Credit: PA

Ryan Giggs has won plenty of accolades in the world of football.

Today he's getting an award from academia.

Giggs retired at the end of last season to become part of the new management team at Old Trafford.

Today he'll receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Bolton for his contribution to sport.

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Barrow MP helps pupils brush up on English & maths

A Cumbrian MP is on a personal mission to improve levels in maths and literacy in local pupils.

The MP for Barrow in Furness John Woodcock has spent the past year training to be a teaching assistant to help run a summer school in his constituency.

Fifty youngsters will get three weeks of extra tuition in the pilot scheme backed by local business.

Our correspondent Elaine Willcox has the story.

Holidaymakers taught about dangers of sunburn at Manchester airport

A skin analysis machine has been set up to help educate young people about the damage sunburn can do to the skin and the steps that can be taken to avoid burning and over exposure to UV light. It also highlights that it is the damage done to skin when young.

Shunburn is Teenage Cancer Trust's annual sun safety campaign predominately aimed at 13-24 year olds. It educates young people about the damage sunburn can do to the skin and the steps that can be taken to avoid burning and over exposure to UV light.

Children with autism "taken out of school" in Lancashire

by Rachel Townsend

Education secretary Michael Gove has waded into a row between Lancashire County Council and the families of two children with autism.

Both 11-year-old Honey Crossley and 9-year-old Jack Entwistle from Burnley have been taken out of school.

The Council say they have found appropriate alternatives but their parents say they are wholly unsuitable and do not cater for autistic children.

Their MP Gordon Entwistle has raised the issue in Parliament, where Michael Gove admitted he too has had "frustrations" with Lancashire County Council.

Ambitious about Autism have a free guide on this issue, visit ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk for more information

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