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Shoeless school helps pupils' concentration

With more and more pressure on our schools to deliver teachers and pupils and forever looking for new ways to help their lessons stick. Well, one school in Sussex has brought in a new measure that it says is improving concentration and calm.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to pupils Jake Scriven, Lucy Rowland and Kalli-Marie Wilson Nicklin of Holmbush Primary School, as well as head teacher Rebecca Jackson.

Solar winds increase lightning strikes say scientists

Researchers in the Department of Meterology believe they have discovered new evidence to suggest lightning is triggered not only by cosmic rays from space, as has previously been thought, but also by energetic particles from the Sun.

The Berkshire scientists found a link between increased thunderstorm activity and streams of high-energy particles accelerated by the solar wind, suggesting that particles from space help trigger lightning bolts.

After the arrival of a solar wind at the Earth, the researchers showed there was an average of 422 lightning strikes across the UK in the following 40 days, compared to an average of 321 lightning strikes in the 40 days prior the arrival of the solar wind.

The rate of lightning strikes peaked between 12 and 18 days after the arrival of the solar wind.


"Your carriage awaits"

A collection of vintage horse-drawn vehicles and transport curiosities are on display in Kent. Many were used by the wealthy and famous and some date back to the 17th century. We sent our reporter Nashreen Issa to take a look. She spoke to Samantha Harris from Maidstone Museums.

Wanted: disabled people to train as gym instructors

A project to train disabled people to work as gym instructors has been so successful, it's being rolled out again in Kent this summer. The spinal injuries charity Aspire, which runs the scheme, is now appealing for more people to join up.

Andrea Thomas has been speaking to fitness instructor Tom Ervin, from Maidstone, and InstructAbility project manager Hilary Farmiloe.

The course is free for unemployed, disabled people over 16 and is taking place in Ashford in May. To find out more click here

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