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March to save school threatened with closure in Skelmersdale

Pupils and parents from Glenburn Sports College march to the school Credit: GTV

Pupils and parents in Skelmersdale have staged a march to save a school which is threatened with closure. Glenburn Sports College has been placed in special measures. Parents are calling on Lancashire County Council to support Glenburn, but it is proposing to close the college and merge it with a neighbouring school. The council say's its urging parents to take part in the consultation process.


Stockport school cancels visit over Ebola fears

St Simon's Catholic Primary School

A school in Stockport has cancelled the visit of a charity worker and her son because of fears by parents that their children could be infected with Ebola.

Kofi Mason-Sesay, 9, from Sierra Leone was due to study at St Simon's Catholic Primary School in Hazel Grove this month on a placement while his mother, Miriam was on fundraising duties for the charity EducAid which runs a network of free schools for vulnerable youngsters in the West African country.

Last month the school tried to reassure parents that the forthcoming visit posed no risk to the pupils of contracting the disease.

The school took advice from health chiefs in the borough and passed on Public Health England's guidance that anyone travelling from affected countries who were free of symptoms was not infectious.

Yesterday, headteacher Elizabeth Inman wrote to parents to say that "with a very heavy heart" the school and its governors had taken "the pragmatic decision" to stop the visit despite Ms Mason-Sesay and her son having been screened and given unrestricted movement in the UK.

She said:

I understand that there is a lot of misinformation about how Ebola is spread.

A significant number of parents have been in touch with me to express their fears. As you know, I always listen to parents. Ebola cannot be spread as some parents have suggested.

There are many parents who believe that the visit should have gone ahead and that we are contributing to misunderstandings by cancelling it.

In this instance, it has been very hard to juggle justice to Miriam and the views of parents. Of course I would never endanger any child or colleague and I have to put my trust in the professionals.

It is with great sadness that we decided to cancel the visit; the misguided hysteria emerging is extremely disappointing, distracting us from our core purpose of educating your children and is not an environment that I would wish a visitor to experience.

– Elizabeth Inman, Headteacher St Simon's Catholic Primary School


A fashion designer and a mum of 6 has created a range of t-shirts protesting against school holiday fines

Amanda Moss is a fashion designer who's created a range of t-shirts, protesting against fines given to parents who take their children out of school to go on holiday. She's been threatened with a fine herself. But is now using fashion to make a statement and back like minded parents. So - is it really a political statement OR just a publicity ploy?

Teachers walk out at two Liverpool schools

Teachers in Liverpool will walk out today in a row over proposed changes to sick pay. Members of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, will hold the first of six days of strike action at Nugent House School in Billinge and St Catherine’s Secure Centre in St Helens.

“These are dedicated professionals working in circumstances which are often difficult and challenging. They are absolutely committed to the children in their care.

“It is therefore regrettable that management is choosing to reward them for this dedication by insisting on a worsening of their terms and conditions.”

– Mick Burrows, NASUWT National Executive Member for Merseyside,

Vulnerable children could be at risk - Ofsted's verdict on Manchester's children's services

inspectors have found children's services in Manchester are inadequate, leaving vulnerable children potentially at risk.

In June, Ofsted found a backlog of almost 500 cases waiting to be assessed by social workers, with staff unable to prioritise high case loads.

The council accepts it needs to make improvements and says it is taking action to ease staff workloads.

Elaine Willcox reports.

Watchdog says Manchester children's services are inadequate

Inspectors have found Manchester's children's services are inadequate leaving vulnerable children potentially at risk.

In June, Ofsted found a backlog of 486 cases waiting to be assessed by social workers, with staff unable to prioritise high case loads.

The council says it has now cleared that backlog.

Mike Livingstone is Director of Manchester's Children's Services.

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