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Police sergeant's 'split second' mobile phone warning

Police across the region are cracking down on drivers using their mobile phones behind the wheel.

Last month a lorry driver was sentenced for killing a mother and three children on the A34. He had been using his phone when he crashed into stationary traffic.

Police say the offence is happening too often and that no excuse is worth the risk. This morning officers in Camberley in Surrey stopped a mother using her mobile while on the school run.

Our reporter Mary Stanley has been out with Hampshire Police:


64 Surrey headteachers oppose Grammar school plans

An open letter has been signed to the Prime Minister Credit: PA

Ministers' plans to allow more grammar schools to open are facing fresh opposition - after a group of headteachers raised concerns at the proposed expansion.

Secondary school leaders across Surrey have signed an open letter to Prime Minister Theresa May and Education Secretary Justine Greening to voice their "deeply held, vehement opposition to the Government's proposals to create a selective, segregated, two-tier state-funded system of education."

Th 64 headteachers, who are represented by the Surrey Secondary Headteachers' Phase Council, said: "The comprehensive schools in Surrey have delivered in the past 40 years an education system which genuinely is for everyone, with able pupils achieving highly, social mobility and the absence of the stigma of failure at the age of 11."

They are the latest group to oppose the expansion, which includes high-profile critics such as Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw.

Specialist travel agent for school trips goes bust

A Hampshire-based travel agent which specialises in school trips has gone bust.

'Chameleon Worldwide' in Alresford had traded under several different names, including 'Schools Worldwide' and 'Adventure Worldwide'.

It's believed 38 customers were abroad when it collapsed on Monday. Around 700 people are booked to travel with them.

The company was ATOL protected so travellers should contact them to check their flights and accommodation are still valid.

More schools join calls for emergency cash

Schools in other parts of the South are considering launching similar campaigns to the one being run in West Sussex pushing for emergency cash in order to stave off a worsening funding crisis.

Wokingham in Berkshire receives some of the lowest levels of funding for pupils in the country. Several schools there say they are also struggling to make ends meet - they are having to drop subjects and lay off teachers. Now, inspired by what's going on elsewhere in the country, they are looking to mobilise support.


Schools fight for extra cash - funding situation "dire"

West Sussex schools say they are losing out under a national funding formula which sees their per pupil funding one of the lowest in the country. They're fighting for emergency cash of £20 million to ease the situation, saying with no help they will have to consider cutting school hours for pupils, reducing staffing and dropping subjects.

Christine Alsford spoke to headteacher Jules White from Tanbridge House School in Horsham, school governor Bob Dulieu, East Worthing & Shoreham MP Tim Loughton, parent David Gabriel and pupils.

Teachers and pupils back calls for daily story-time

Think back to your early school days and you'll probably remember your teacher reading to you and the rest of the class.

Story-time brings back fond memories for many of us. Now though, it's not as common in our schools, according to the Book Trust charity.

As we mark Children's Book Week, there are calls for story-time to be reinstated at the end of every school day.

Lauren Hall reports:

School changes policy after complaint from transgender pupil

A school in Kent has been forced to change its policy after a transgender pupil complained she wasn't allowed to wear the official girls' uniform.

Lily Madigan, who's 18, was sent home after arriving for lessons in a female top.

St Simon Stock Catholic School in Maidstone initially told her she was breaking school rules. Governors have now apologised after Lily started a petition. Tom Savvides has the details.

Should parents be fined for taking children out of school in term time?

Should parents be fined for taking their children out of school in term time? There have been far fewer fines since May but, depending on where you live, there are still penalties.

Recently, the High Court agreed with parent Jon Platt that he should NOT have to pay a £60 fine for taking his child out of class for a holiday. But the case may still go to the Supreme Court.

Nevertheless, in England and Wales, 114,000 fines were issued to parents in the last academic year. Kevin Ashford reports

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