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New role for Plymouth University vice-chancellor

Professor Wendy Purcell will be returning in a different role Credit: ITV News

The vice-chancellor of Plymouth University is returning to work - following an investigation into her conduct.

Professor Wendy Purcell was put on leave in July, amid unspecified allegations which are understood to include a complaint about her management style.

Today the university announced the inquiry process has ended, and she will return to work in a new role to build the university's reputation.

Cornwall Council rethinks school crossing cuts

Cornwall Council has agreed to delay cutting a number of school crossing patrols.

The council was hoping to save £80,000, but it will carry out a risk assessment first before making a final decision.

It has also reached a deal with the RNLI to maintain the current level of lifeguard cover on 57 beaches, despite reducing its contribution to the charity from £1.4million to £950,000.

Many manned crossings could stay. Credit: PA

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The day snow came to a Cornish school

Pupils from Landewednack primary school on the Lizard have had a day to remember after snow fell overnight.

The winter wonderland came courtesy of Twitter's @thetwofairies, who go around the country carrying out random acts of kindness. In this case, snow is very unlikely to fall near the school, which is at the most southerly tip of the UK and the air is too salty.

See the children's reaction to their snow surprise:

It won't be long before a snowball fight breaks out! Credit: ITV News
If only every day was a snow day Credit: ITV News

Snow surprise for schoolchildren on The Lizard

Winter comes early to Landewednack primary school Credit: Lucy Spencer

Children arriving at Landewednack primary in Cornwall had the surprise of their lives today - snow had fallen overnight transforming the Victorian building into the perfect Christmas card.

The magical transformation is the work of a Twitter group @thetwofairies who specialise in random acts of kindness. You can see their mark on the side of the school.

By the wonders of modern technology, sorry, the wave of a wand, it was actually snowing as the pupils arrived.

It's a big surprise. Our school is the most southerly in the country and the air is very salty so we never get snow. Some of the younger children have never seen snow but this is the real thing - you can even throw snow balls.

The children will come back from half term ready to start their winter project. Short of a trip to the North Pole this is the next best thing.

– Louise Jones, Head teacher, Landewednack CP School

"Fairies" bring winter to Cornish school

Two fairies who have taken to spreading their magic across the country have turned their attention to Landewednack CP School, the southernmost school in Britain where it never snows - except today.

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Vote of no confidence in Plymouth Uni vice-chancellor

Wendy Purcell is currently on paid leave from her role at Plymouth University Credit: ITV News

Staff at Plymouth University have given a vote of no confidence in their vice-chancellor, Wendy Purcell.

Members of the University and College Union say the recent problems at the university have undermined morale and risked long-term damage to the institution.

Wendy Purcell who is currently on paid leave, was suspended for three months over allegations of overspending and bullying colleagues.

Ex-teacher accused of abusing Kenyan street children

Simon Harris, who used to be a housemaster and Latin teacher at Shebbear College in Devon Credit: ITV News

A man who admitted indecently assaulting boys at a private school in Devon has appeared in court in Birmingham accused of 27 further sexual offences involving young boys in Kenya.

Simon Harris has already pleaded guilty to sex offences committed against three pupils, all aged between 13 and 14, while he was employed at Shebbear College in the 1980s.

Today the court was told how he "preyed" on Kenyan street children as young as six years old. Harris denies the charges.

Simon Harris had previously admitted assaulting boys at Shebbear College in the 1980s Credit: ITV News

NSPCC roadshow teaches children how to stay safe

This primary school class is being taught by the NSPCC how to stay safe Credit: ITV News West Country

An average of two children in every primary school classroom has suffered from abuse or neglect, according to the NSPCC.

In response, the charity wants to take a touring roadshow into every school, teaching younger children how they can stay safe.

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