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A new approach to learning - with no shoes

It's a new approach to teaching that may sound eccentric - but some believe making children take their shoes off at school is making a real difference to their learning

The concept is on the rise around the world.

Supporters say it makes classrooms quieter and calmer and pupils more relaxed and willing to work.

Christine Alsford has been to Lanesend Primary at Cowes on the Isle of Wight where they are hailing their 'shoes off' policy a success.

Driver "life-threatening" after car & tractor crash

Driver in hospital after crash with tractor Credit: ITV News

Police on the Isle of Wight are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a crash between a car and a tractor in Cowes early on Monday morning. A black Mazda 2 TS was involved in a collision with a tractor on Newport Road by the show ground and caught fire at around 6.05am.

The 43-year-old driver of the car was taken to St Mary’s hospital and was later transferred to Southampton General hospital with severe head injuries. His condition is described as life-threatening.

The driver of the tractor was not injured.

Anyone with any information or who saw the collision is asked to contact PC Peni Houghton at Fratton Road Policing Unit on 101 or via the website.

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Woman found with serious injuries on the Isle of Wight

Police are investigating after a woman was found with serious injuries at an address on the Isle of Wight.

They were called to a property in Fraser Close, Cowes last night, where the woman lives.

She has been taken to hospital for treatment to her injuries.

A police spokesperson said, "The address is being examined by officers for potential evidence to establish how the woman was injured.

"We're keeping an open mind about the cause of the woman's injuries at this early stage of enquiries.

"The possibility of a crime has not been ruled out."

Appeal after Cowes sexual assault

Hampshire police are appealing for information after a woman was sexually assaulted on the Isle of Wight.

The incident happened between midnight and 12.45am on Tuesday 27th August.

A woman had just been to the cashpoint at Lloyds Bank in Cowes when she was grabbed behind by an unknown man who then sexually assaulted her.

The 32-year-old victim managed to hit out at him and he fled from the scene of the attack.

DI Martin Chudley said: “We are appealing for witnesses to this serious sexual assault, which took place during the early hours of Tuesday morning. Officers would like to hear from anyone who was out at around that time, and who may have seen or heard anything that may assist the investigation."

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