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WATCH: Cumbria's schoolchildren 'let down by cuts'

A Cumbrian headteacher says the county's school children are being let down because of budget cuts.

Clem Coady, who's also Cumbrian President of the National Association of Head Teachers, says several schools in the county are facing budget pressures.

The government says it's spending an extra £1.3 billion on education and Cumbria will benefit from a new funding formula being introduced in 2019.


Primary pupils sing in parliament

Kirkcudbright Primary Pupils with MSPs Humza Yousaf MSP and Emma Harper Credit: Emma Harper MSP

Primary sevens pupils from Kirkcudbright Primary School visited the Scottish parliament to sing for MSPs.

The group attended First Minister’s Questions yesterday before entertaining MSPs in the Parliament’s Garden Lobby with renditions of ‘The Circle of Life’, ‘Loch Lomond’ and Caledonia.

The pupils and their teachers were hosted in Parliament by south Scotland MSP Emma Harper.

“It’s always an absolute pleasure to have school groups into the parliament – something to look forward to.

“The kids went into the chamber to watch First Minister’s Questions and went on a tour of the building, but the highlight was definitely performing in the Garden Lobby for a crowd of MSPs, government ministers and the Presiding Officer – and the performance was pitch perfect!

“They got to meet the crowd afterwards and were excited to speak to Ken Macintosh the PO, Transport Minister Humza Yousaf, and many others.

“I can’t wait to do it all again soon.”

– Emma Harper, South Scotland MSP

Cumbria parents urged to apply for school transport

School bus in the UK Credit: PA

Parents who require transport for their primary or secondary school children are being urged to apply for a place on the school bus before the deadline.

Cumbria County Council say the transport will begin at the start of the 2017 school year.

The free transport will be available to pupils who are up to the age of eight and live more than two miles away from their qualifying school or catchment. The transport will also be available for free for pupils over the age of eight who live more than three miles away.

Other children may be entitled to financial help with school transport if they are already entitled to free school meals or their family receive the maximum level of working tax credit.

Applications close on Friday, 30 June. Outcomes will be given within three-four weeks.

More details can be found on the council website.


Scottish teachers union vote for strike action

The Educational Institute of Scotland have voted to go on strike Credit: ITV Border

The Educational Institute of Scotland has voted for members to go on strike, as part of a long-running dispute over pay.

Over 90 per cent of the union members voted in favour of strike action, following what they say was college management's failure to deliver on a deal made last year.

Colleges Scotland has called the action hugely disappointing.

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