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VIDEO: how talking to children in schools could help the battle against extremism

Muslim leaders and former members of the far-right have teamed up to combat extremism in the North West.

They've created the Me&You education programme, which goes into schools and challenges children about the stereotypes they could be building about certain groups of people.

Sarah Rogers reports:

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WATCH: Blackpool headteacher says children are suffering because of funding cuts

Andy Mellor says children are suffering because of funding cuts. Credit: ITV Granada Reports

A headteacher from Blackpool says children are suffering because of funding cuts.

Andy Mellor, who has just taken up a new post as president of the National Association of Headteachers, says the situation is only going to get worse.

He told this years annual conference in Liverpool that schools need more money to guarantee a good quality education.

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WATCH: IoM School children plant trees for 10th anniversary of Trees of Life project

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School children on the Isle of Man have planted the 5,000th tree ten years on from saplings first planted at Conrhenny plantation.

'Trees For Life' saw Year 1 and Year 3 pupils from Henry Bloom Noble Primary plant the 5,000th tree in the community woodland.

Some saplings had been brought over from Scotland for the occasion.

Knowsley 'will provide more detail of plans to drive up standards in education'

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"Knowsley Council is today launching its Education Commission, bringing together local and national leaders in education to identify and address the reasons behind long term underachievement in our schools.

"Some of the findings of this report will form part of that discussion within the Commission.

"However, the Council questions the credibility of the report when its authors are now saying something completely different to when the report was published a few months ago. "In particular, the authors are now making references to grammar schools which were not included in the report in May.

"To be absolutely clear, the Council fundamentally disagrees with the suggestion that grammar schools might be part of the solution to the challenges we face in the borough."

– Knowsley Council

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Report author: "white working class children have been left behind by an education system which is not working properly"

The study, which was commissioned by Knowsley Council, described "poor, white working class children" as "bottom of the class" and are likely to stay there.

Those behind the report say children in Knowsley have little contact with others from different social backgrounds.

They say changes are needed at a national-level to ensure children are not left behind.

Phillip Blond is the report author:

College walkout in North West over pay

Anger over plans to freeze wages Credit: PA

Thousands of staff at further education colleges across the North West are set to walk out today in a row over pay.

Lecturers and support workers are angry over plans to freeze wages.

They claim it'll mean a 17 per cent pay cut in real terms for some staff.

Claims some staff could see 17 per cent cut in pay Credit: PA

Mayor's bursaries help 1800 students

Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson Credit: PA

More than 1800 students have been able to continue their studies thanks to a bursary scheme funded by the Mayor of Liverpool and the city's further education college. The bursary was set up three years ago after the Education Maintenance Grant was scrapped by the Government. Students aged between 16 and 18 whose families receive financial support are eligible for grants worth £20 per week.

Mayor Joe Anderson will visit the City of Liverpool College today to meet students who have benefitted from the scheme. He says "it's really important for the City that we are developing the right skills in the right sectors and that all young people have access to learning.

Elaine Bowker, the principal of the City of Liverpool College, says over the past three years the bursary scheme has "eased the impact of cuts in education funding and helped support learners with some real financial challenges."

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