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Tributes for Doncaster teacher

Tributes have been paid to a junior school teacher - described as passionate and encouraging - who died in his sleep hours after allegedly being attacked in a Doncaster nightclub.

24 year old Lewis Siddall, who was a twin, taught PE at Copley Junior school in Sprotborough and today the headmaster said he will be greatly missed by the staff, governors, children and parents.

Detectives started a major investigation after his body was found and a man, arrested over the weekend on suspicion of murder, has been released on bail. David Hirst reports

Head Teacher - Lewis was a 'truly lovely young man'

The Head Teacher of Copley Junior School has paid tribute to a teacher who died this weekend.

We are greatly shocked and saddened to hear of the tragic death of Lewis Siddall. Lewis was a greatly valued member of our staffing team. He was passionate about encouraging pupils to participate in and enjoy sport. He taught PE and Games throughout school and willingly gave his time after school and at weekends to support our football and cross country teams. Lewis was a truly lovely young man – enthusiastic, mild mannered, polite and always vigilant about pupils’ safety.

In May, Lewis decided that he would like to support the Eve Merton Charity, a local cancer charity for children that grants wishes for serious and terminally ill patients in the Doncaster area. He played in a team of Doncaster teachers against ex-professionals and raised over £700. That Lewis wanted to do this, and so many staff and families went to watch and support him, is testimony to his kind and considerate nature and how popular and well regarded he was.

Lewis will be greatly missed by staff, governors, children and parents. Our thoughts and deepest sympathy are with his family at this time.

– E.A Crayton, Head Teacher, Copley Junior School

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Tributes to Doncaster teacher who died following assault

Moving tributes have been posted online to a teacher from Doncaster who was found dead in bed on Friday. Lewis Siddall, 24, was allegedly assaulted at the VDKA bar in the town centre shortly beforehand. A twenty-two year old has been arrested on suspicion of murder and released on police bail.

Tributes to the teacher at Copley Junior School in Sprotbrough have been posted on a special Facebook page set up in his memory.

Rip Lewis you will be sadly missed but never forgotten. You are such a star. God only takes the good ones and always will. You are now at rest and we are all thinking about you.

Weiss can not describe how you will be missed. You was such a kind and caring lad and still will be up in heaven. You will be with us all where every you are and looking down on us all.

– Gema Louise Muir

"Such devastating news, my heart goes out to his family and friends. A massive loss to Copley School where Lewis was a highly respected teacher. His gentle nature, sense of fun, energy and enthusiasm made my daughters enjoy every lesson with him and look forward to the next... So sad now. Thank you Mr Siddall.

– Tracy Howard

All the children loved you Lewis RIP there is no justice in the world x

– Ann Dalowsky

"My daughter described him as 'like a dad' on their school residential, when they returned. High praise indeed. Mr Siddall had to cope with all the bags of medication that accompanies her everywhere and I'm a total control freak about it all. He told me that it was his job to look after her and I mustn't worry - with a calm and caring way of someone much older. A total credit to his family- and the truth is, after that, I didn't worry knowing she was in his care. A delightful and kind young man."

– Serena Van Der Meulen-Taylor

I just wanna say it was a pleasure to be teached by this guy he honestly was a really good guy so rip mate

– Ethan Wakefield

"What a sad loss of such a nice guy. My thoughts and prayers are for Mr. Siddalls family and friends during these testing times. Mr. Siddall was my sons favourite teacher at Copley school and shared his passion for Man Utd. What a great loss to many." R.I.P

– Tariq Mahmood

Bradford teachers

It is feared hundreds of teachers in Bradford could quit their jobs if daily attacks by unruly pupils don't stop.

The claim was made by one of the largest teaching unions, the NASUWT, who say kicking, spitting and biting is a reality for many school staff in the area.

It is claimed hundreds of teachers in Bradford may quit.

They blame the problem on significant behavioural issues and in some cases - a lack of parental support. A teaching shortfall could mean the council being forced to recruit from as far afield as Australia and Canada.