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Headteacher warns of school 'funding crisis'

An Oxfordshire headteacher has warned that her school and others like it face a funding crisis that will mean bigger class sizes and extra work for teachers.

Catharine Darnton, of Gillotts School, in Henley-on-Thames, says she's already made huge cutbacks.

Teachers today raised their concerns at the Association of School and College Leaders conference, saying they may have to move to a four day week, or ask parents to donate cash.

Sam Holder takes a look at what it means for schools and their pupils.

Sam spoke to the headteacher at Gillotts School, Catharine Darnton, science teacher Simon West and the headteacher of Forest School Mary Sandell who was speaking last month.

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Original Ford Escort could fetch £250,000

The Ford Escort could fetch up to £250,000 Credit: Bonhams

Auctioneers Bonhams have an interesting item up for sale later this month. It's a ‘ready to race’ sports car - a 1968 Ford Escort Twin Cam Competition Saloon, and it could fetch up to £250,000. Top speed is 150 mph!

The car was one of the six original Escorts that Ford loaned to the Alan Mann Racing Team to compete in the British and European Touring Car Championships.

Driven by Jackie Oliver, founder of the Arrows racing team, the car currently meets all FIA regulations and weighs just 878kg without driver. With many destroyed in active service and the majority of others in museums or private collections, works Ford competition rarely come to the market and almost never in such exceptional condition.

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Family's plea for treatment to be made available on the NHS - that could have saved young father's life

National charity Anthony Nolan is calling on the Government to intervene on behalf of cancer patients they say have been 'abandoned' by the NHS.

They're asking Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to overturn a decision stopping the health service from funding stem cell treatments if a previous transfusion has failed.

The procedure costs between £50,000 and £120,000 - yet without it one young family from Sussex say they have lost a father and a husband.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Lisa Hepburn.

AWE staff in 24 hour strike over pension changes

Workers have been carrying out industrial action over pension changes

Up to 600 workers at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) in Berkshire are on strike today in a continuing dispute over changes to their pensions.

Members of the Unite union from the sites at Aldermaston and Burghfield will join colleagues from across the country protesting at the Ministry of Defence in Whitehall. They say they stand to lose thousands of pounds in retirement income.

The firm's defined benefit pension scheme was closed on 31 January 2017.

"Our committed members feel betrayed and badly let down by what has happened to their pensions and they don't deserve to lose thousands of pounds when they retire.

"There is a solution that could resolve this dispute and that is to allow the AWE workforce to join the principal civil service pension scheme.

"Our members want to have a constructive dialogue with Michael Fallon, but they have met with a brick wall which is insulting to such a dedicated workforce delivering the government's flagship Trident nuclear programme.

"So on Tuesday, our members will be knocking on the proverbial front door at the MoD as they seek to secure a decent retirement income that they were promised by a Tory government a quarter of a century ago."

– Jennie Formby, Unite regional secretary for the south east
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