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Knowsley 'will provide more detail of plans to drive up standards in education'

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"Knowsley Council is today launching its Education Commission, bringing together local and national leaders in education to identify and address the reasons behind long term underachievement in our schools.

"Some of the findings of this report will form part of that discussion within the Commission.

"However, the Council questions the credibility of the report when its authors are now saying something completely different to when the report was published a few months ago. "In particular, the authors are now making references to grammar schools which were not included in the report in May.

"To be absolutely clear, the Council fundamentally disagrees with the suggestion that grammar schools might be part of the solution to the challenges we face in the borough."

– Knowsley Council

Report author: "white working class children have been left behind by an education system which is not working properly"

The study, which was commissioned by Knowsley Council, described "poor, white working class children" as "bottom of the class" and are likely to stay there.

Those behind the report say children in Knowsley have little contact with others from different social backgrounds.

They say changes are needed at a national-level to ensure children are not left behind.

Phillip Blond is the report author:

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Watch: Groom surprises bride with wedding reception dance

This is the moment a groom surprises his new bride at their wedding reception in Knowsley Hall.

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Groom, Tim Wright, 30, told bride-to-be, Sally, that he was going to football practice in the run up to their wedding when in fact he was practicing a complicated dance routine with his friends at a dance studio instead.

Guests looked on stunned as the groom and his pals went from one routine to another at the reception.

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Man dead after fall at Matalan distribution centre

Map shows the location of the distribution centre. Credit: Google Maps

A man's died after falling 'from a significant height' at a Matalan distribution centre in Merseyside.

Police said they're investigating the incident after the alarm was raised by employees at the centre, on Perimeter Road, Kirkby, at 2am today.

The 32-year-old man was taken to Fazakerley Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

It happened inside the distribution centre and operations at the facility have been suspended to allow crime scene investigators to attend the scene.

A police investigation into the circumstances of his death is being carried out by detectives from Knowsley CID. The man’s next of kin have been informed and a police family liaison officer is providing them with support at this difficult time.

– Merseyside Police
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