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"Substantial" reduction in serious violence across Wales and England

Researchers from Cardiff University have found a "substantial" reduction in serious violence across Wales and England.

They found a reduction in the number of people having to go to hospital over the last five years.

There's been a reduction in the numbers going to hospital Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Our study is very encouraging in demonstrating a consistent and substantial decline in violence in England and Wales, including among children.

There is increasing evidence to suggest that this decline can be attributed in part to public health interventions and improved information-sharing between health services, police and local government.

– Professor Jonathan Shepherd, Director of the Violence Research Group at Cardiff University

Researchers also think a decline in alcohol consumption has helped the situation, but do add there are areas of concern with young men between 18 - 30 still the most likely to be injured in violence.

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Welsh Education Minister to leave Assembly at election

The Education Minister Huw Lewis AM has announced that he will not be seeking re-election to the Welsh Assembly in May.

Mr Lewis, who serves as the Welsh Government’s Minister for Education and Skills, has represented his home communities since the very first Assembly in 1999 Credit: PA

Mr Lewis has represented his home communities as AM for Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney since the very first Assembly in 1999.

Speaking from Merthyr Tydfil earlier today, he described his career as an 'incredible privilege'.

Serving the communities in which I grew up is an incredible privilege and honour, but the time is right for me to move on. I owe the people of Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney an enormous debt of gratitude, not least the party members who work so hard for this area.

I’ve been honoured to hold this seat for Welsh Labour and to represent the party in Government, most particularly in my current role as Education & Skills Minister. In many ways it was the job I always wanted to do, and seeing the attainment gap close this year between poorer students and their better off contemporaries is something I am incredibly proud of.

– Huw Lewis AM

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African children's choir join forces with Welsh pupils

A group of schoolchildren in Cardiff have been given a unique masterclass from their African counterparts.

The African Children's choir is made up of children from Uganda. Currently on one of their final stops of a 12-month international tour, they've come to Cardiff to perform, and will be singing with hundreds of pupils from south Wales.

Our Education reporter Megan Boot has been given a sneak preview.

Pupils return to fire-hit Cwmbran school

A group of children from Cwmbran have finally been able to go back into the classroom today for the first time since part of their school was destroyed by a fire on New Year's Day.

More than 500 pupils from the Coed Eva Primary School were forced to take an extra week off after the blaze gutted the building.

Extra classrooms have now been set up thanks to space in the junior school.

Our Education Reporter Megan Boot was there for the first day back.

Teachers struck off for "sexual or inappropriate" relationships with children

Thirteen teachers have been struck off over the last two years in Wales for having "sexual or inappropriate relationships" with children.

Thirteen teachers have been struck off over the last two years in Wales.

Cases included a female teacher who made pupils mime sex acts in class and a teacher who had sex with a 16-year-old on study leave for his GCSEs.

Education Workforce Council figures showed 13 of 34 teachers barred between August 2013 to August 2015 were guilty of engaging in sexual relationships with children in their care.

David Evans, secretary of National Union of Teachers Cymru, stressed the inappropriate relationships were "by no means a common occurance."

We have to be mindful when reviewing these figures that this is a very small number of teachers across the whole profession over a period of a few years.

– David Evans, National Union of Teachers Cymru

Donald Findlater, of child protection charity the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, blamed the "changing online environment and social networking" for the ways in which teachers had been caught contacting pupils.

However, child abuse charity NSPCC Cymru said that schools needed to do more to tackle the problem.

Schools need to be rigorous in their recruitment and checking processes and provide regular training about appropriate behaviour, making it absolutely clear that crossing the line will never be tolerated.

– NSPCC Cymru spokesperson
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