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Veteran soldiers learn soldering for civilian careers

Military veterans, many of them medically retired after being injured in Iraq and Afghanistan, are being offered free courses in property maintenance.

Former members of the Armed Forces from all over the country are learning skills like plumbing and brick laying at Chichester College in West Sussex.

The training, designed to help them start new civilian careers, is provided by the charity Building Heroes. Kerry Swain has been to see the course in action:

You can find out more about Building Heroes which depends on charity fund raising on its website


Extra week's holiday for children in Brighton and Hove

Schools in Brighton and Hove will break up for an extra week in the Autumn - under radical new plans to make it more affordable for families to go on holiday.

It means the City Council is the first local authority in the country to change term-times - by reducing the summer holidays and extending the October half-term.

The number of fines given to parents for taking their children away during term-time has rocketed in recent years. But is everyone in favour of the changes? Tom Savvides spoke to Jodie Cutting, mother; Noah Myers father; Tom Bewick, Brighton & Hove Council, Lab; and Annie Heath, mother and campaigner.

Extra week's holiday for children in Brighton

An extra week's holiday for children Credit: ITV

The dates for new school holidays in Brighton and Hove have been announced.

The Autumn half term in October has been extended and will now be a fortnight long instead of the usual week.

The changes are intended to give families more flexibility around school term times.The move will come into effect a year from now.

Parents say why they take children away during term time

It was the work of a man from the Isle of Wight that's given hope to thousands of parents who face fines for taking their children on holiday during term time.

John Platt won a High Court case against his local council who tried to fine him after taking his daughter out of school, and now MPs are debating the issue.

Matt Price has travelled to Spain to catch up with a family who explained why they took the annual break in term time.

You can go to the ball - if you have enough reward points!

As the academic year draws to a close many teenagers are marking the end of their secondary school careers with a glamorous prom event - complete with glittering outfits and flash limousines.

But increasing numbers of schools are now insisting that pupils earn the right to attend with hard work and good attendance throughout their GCSE year.

Those 16-year-olds who don't gain enough reward points DON'T go to the ball. Christine Alsford talked to James Brooks, Assistant Headteacher; Jason Ashley, Headteacher; and Vicki White, Headteacher.


Teachers strike over school funding

A strike by teachers has hit schools, parents, and children across the South. The National Union of Teachers took industrial action because of concerns over education funding, pay and workload. In Brighton only five schools out of nearly 70 remained fully open.

Christine Alsford's report includes contributions from 10-year-old Rubie who joined striking teachers in Portsmouth, NUT union members, the Education Secretary Nicky Morgan MP, Amanda Martin, NUT Portsmouth, and parents Katie Pearce and Mike Wroth from West Sussex.

School remains closed to children after flooding

Thornhill Primary School remains closed this Monday Credit: Google Maps

The Head of Thornhill Primary School in Southampton has written to parents to inform them that the school will remain closed on Monday 27th June because of flooding.

The school has been closed since Thursday. Headteacher Kerry Stamp said:

"Dear Parent and Carers, Re: School closures As you will be aware the school closed Thursday 23rd, Friday 24th and I am afraid to say will remain closed on Monday 27th June 2016. Extremely heavy rain fall on Wednesday evening meant that water poured through into the school flooding the whole of the main corridor, library and into the majority of all lower ground classrooms."

– Kerry Stamp, Headteacher
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