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Teaching time lost because of poor behaviour

Teaching time is being lost Credit: PA

Hours of valuable teaching time is being lost in some schools every week because poor behaviour in classrooms isn't being tackled properly. That's according to the education watchdog Ofsted.

A major report released today says worrying levels of low level disruption include swinging on chairs, shouting out and using mobile phones.

Two thirds of teachers in secondary schools said they felt their senior members of staff are failing to respond with adequate authority or sanctions.

But headteachers meeting in Oxford have condemned the report - saying high quality teaching alone isn't enough to tackle bad behaviour.

Primary children sickness: statement from Broadlands

'We can confirm that children from Romsey Primary School were on an Education Day at Broadlands in Romsey yesterday (Sept 23).

'The day was organised by the charity Countryside Learning to help children experience first hand aspects of the countryside including farming, fishing, forestry and wildlife including bees and falconry. Full risk assessments were carried out by all parties.

'A number of children were taken ill but at this time it has not been confirmed that any sickness was related to the visit. We will support Public Health England and the local authorities in their investigation. In the meantime, we wish the children a speedy recovery.'


School sickness bug: Headteacher statement

Jason Anderson, Head Teacher at Romsey Primary School, said: “I can confirm that 39 of our 190 pupils on roll were taken ill with sickness and diarrhoea (yesterday 23 September) and are absent from school today. When I was made aware of the number of children that are unwell I took immediate action to advise Public Health England.

" They are acting swiftly to establish the cause of the illness and, in the meantime, we have followed their advice and asked parents to keep their children at home until have been clear of any symptoms for 48 hours.

"This information has been shared with parents of those children who are currently well, so that they will take appropriate action should their child develop similar symptoms.

"“Our priority is the health and wellbeing of the children who attend this school and we will continue to assist Public Health England with their investigations as may be required.”


Record numbers at Maidstone Mela

Maidstone Mela has been hailed a success by organsiers who say a record number of people attended the festival this year.

The event was held in Mote Park and is in its 12th year. It celebrates the different cultures that live in the town through music, food and dance and is one of the biggest of its kind in the South East.

Gurvinder Sandher from Kent Equality Cohesion and Richard Thick, Mayor of Maidstone, explain what the event is all about.

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History for free this weekend

They're normally closed to the public or charge admission but this weekend, venues across the south-east will be throwing open their doors to the public. The Heritage Open Days scheme is celebrating its twentieth anniversary with guided walks and tours throughout Kent, Sussex and Essex.

David Johns has been for a preview, speaking to historians Caroline Stanford and Chris Jones; heritage walks coordinator Fiona Woodfield and shop owner Sue Luck.

New Schools Commissioner for region promises tough action

The South East has its first Regional Schools Commissioner. He'll decide who gets to run academies and free schools and he's responsible for making sure they do a good job.

But it will be a tall order for Dominic Herrington - our fragmented education system means that in his region there are now more than 100 different organisations running over 650 academies as more and more schools opt out of local authority control.

* Two organisations running academies across Sussex, Kent and Hampshire have recently been heavily criticised by Ofsted for poor performance.

* The first failing free school to be shut down in the country was here in the South in Crawley earlier this year.

* And there's a vociferous campaign in Hove opposing academy conversion.

As his challenges begin - he gave his first exclusive interview to our Social Affairs Correspondent Christine Alsford.

Two 15-year-old girls go missing from care home

Have you seen missing teenagers Sarah Eldridge and Chloe Newman?

The 15-year-olds have gone missing from a care home in Worthing and police are becoming increasingly concerned for their welfare.

Sarah is also 5' 5" and has very long dark brown hair. She was wearing a green jacket with a fury hood, black leggings and black Nike trainers.

Chloe is 5' 5" and has shoulder length curly blond hair. She was wearing a green jacket with black sleeves, jeans and black Adidas trainers.

Sarah Eldridge and Chloe Newman Credit: Sussex Police

The girls left the care home at about 4pm on Tuesday 9th September and we believe they travelled up to North London, probably on public transport. We think they could be in London but are unsure where they are staying and who they have been staying with. Because of their age, we are concerned for their safety and need to get in touch with them to check they are ok.

– PC Mark Green, Sussex Police

Anyone who sees either Sarah or Chloe should call 101 quoting serial 1560 of 09/09 to speak to Sussex Police or serial 2157 of 10/09 if you speak to the Metropolitan Police.

Dial 999 if you see either of the girls and believe they could be in danger.

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