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Newcastle mother says she's struggling to get medication for her son's rare neurological condition

A mother from Newcastle says she's struggling to get medication for her son who has an extremely rare neurological condition.

Jack Duffy suffers up to 60 seizures a day, and can't sit up or walk. He has non-ketonic hyperglycinemia (NKH) which affects only 1 in 60,000 babies.

Mum Lisa Duffy has had difficulty getting the recommended medication as it doesn't have an import certificate. Researchers at University College London say the treatment is only able to manage the condition, not cure it, and further studies are needed.

Robin Davies reports.

Children 'being left unsafe' in Sunderland, says Ofsted

A shocking report into children's services in Sunderland has criticised widespread failures and poor leadership.

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The report by Ofsted has said that children are being left unsafe.

Among the areas ruled inadequate are:

  • Child protection
  • Adoption
  • Children in care

Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw has written to the Secretary of State, Nicky Morgan, calling for action to be taken as soon as possible.

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Poll: 51% oppose teachers' walkout

Half of the British public oppose teachers going on strike today, according to an ITV News Index poll carried out by ComRes.

A young boy in Liverpool's Mann Island holds aloft a flag in support for the strike. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

When asked whether teachers were right or wrong to go on strike, 51% said they opposed the walkout, 35% supported the strike and 14% did not know.

The poll also showed that those working in the public sector are more likely to support the strike (45%) than oppose it (41%).

Some 2,039 people were asked by ComRes about the strike.


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Teacher morale "dangerously low"

The secretary of Bradford NUT, John Howarth, has apologised to parents affected by today's strike - but says he hopes they will support the teachers' action.

Teacher workload is unsustainable and the thought of doing the job until 68 is driving many away from the job. Teacher morale is at dangerously low levels. Children need teachers who are fresh and well motivated not tired and demoralised. All the polls show that Michael Gove is out of touch with teachers and parents - he must listen and change direction. This strike is his fault - teachers do not like taking strike action but they are prepared to lose pay to stand up for education. We do apologise for the inconvenience to parents but we hope they will support us.

– Bradford NUT Secretary, John Howarth

Hundreds of North East schools to close because of teacher strike

Hundreds of schools in the North East of England will be closed or partially closed due to a strike by teachers.

The National Union of Teachers has called the strike because of a long-running dispute over pay, pensions and workload.

Teachers marched through Newcastle in April 2008 Credit: PA

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Ofsted chief condemns 'disruptive' NUT strike action

On the eve of strike action by the National Union of Teachers, the head of Ofsted told ITV News he condemned that action.

Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw also spoke of his new mission to improve classroom discipline, calling on headteachers to be tougher and more consistent in their methods.

ITV News social affairs editor Penny Marshall reports:

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