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School does 'Thriller' flashmob to raise funds

More than 550 teachers, pupils and parents took part in a flashmob routine of Michael Jackson's class 'Thriller' at a primary school in Manchester.

The youngsters showed off their dances moves at Armitage C of E Primary school in Ardwick to raise money for their school fund.

One of their teachers Kate McGinn says they think this is Manchester's biggest ever Thriller Zumbathon.

Watch 'Thriller' Armitage style here:

Tackling children's mental health head on

A primary school in Salford is taking on the important subject of children's mental health. St Boniface Roman Catholic Primary School is delivering lessons to pupils of all ages revealing the science behind the workings of their own brain.

Staff at the school have linked up with mental heath charity YoungMinds. The group estimates that 1 in 3 children in every UK classroom have a diagnosable mental health issue.

By teaching children how their brains work and then giving them the tools to help it to stay balanced particularly in stressful situations, we believe we can create a generation of children who know how to manage their own mental wellbeing.

– Laura Earnshaw, myHappyMind

Our pupils report that they feel calmer and find it easier to concentrate in lessons since we introduced myHappymind. This is obviously great or the children but an added benefit is that stress levels among my staff have also been reduced as they are now finding it easier to manage classroom behaviour.

– Julie Bainbridge, Headteacher, St Boniface Primary School

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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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