Teachers on strike at school in Cornwall: full report
Teachers at a Cornish primary school went on strike today in a dispute over their terms and conditions. The strike, at Hay-moor Heamoor Community School near Penzance, is the only one to have been called over the issue in the South West.
Most parents said they supported the teachers. But the governors said they had "significant reservations." More strikes are planned if a deal can't be reached. From Penzance, here's our Cornwall correspondent Steve Hardy.
Pupils from the Exeter Deaf Academy have been meeting their rugby heroes at Sandy Park. They watched the Exeter Chiefs in training after their school was selected as a local law firm's charity of the year.
They were given a tour of the stadium and a chance for some autograph-hunting with the stars.
Cornish primary school affected by teachers' strike
Teachers taking part in the strike over workloads picketed the school this morning. Three out of seven classes at Heamoor Primary School near Penzance were affected by the action, the first of its kind in a school in the south west.
Teachers at a school in Penzance are on strike today. Heamoor Primary School will be closed to the majority of pupils due to industrial action by six teachers. It's part of a national campaign over claims of increased workload and changes to pay and conditions.
One of Exeter's private schools is to close at the end of the academic year.
Governors at St Margaret’s School in Exeter took the decision after it became clear that projected attendance figures for 2013-14 meant the school was no longer financially viable.
All teaching staff will stay until August.
A three year plan was put in place with a view to steering the school to profitability, but after the entrance examination, it became clear that this was not achievable.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Acting Head Lee Bergin and all our teaching and support staff for their hard work.
Our pupils remain our utmost concern during this difficult time. Everything possible will be done to minimise disruption and ensure they continue to receive the same high standards of educational and emotional support that St Margaret’s has always provided for the remainder of the academic year.
– William Long, Chairman of Governors at St Margaret’s School
Former Scilly school head complains about suspension investigation
The Former head of Five Islands School on Isles of Scilly, Bryce Wilby, has complained about an investigation into his suspension. The investigation was completed earlier this month but still hasn't been made public.
Mr Wilby told ITV News tonight he has made a formal complaint about the investigation carried out by auditors at Cornwall Council. He was suspended last May and left the post a few months later.
Exeter University is to open a new free school specialising in maths. The school will be jointly run with Exeter College. It is expected to open in September next year, and will cater for around 120 pupils: 16 to 19 year-olds who want to study maths.
A fifth of them will be able to board at the university between Monday and Thursday in a bid to attract youngsters from across the South West.