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Former Cheltenham schoolboy takes abuse letter to PM

Roy Messenger delivers his message to number 10. Credit: ITV West Country

A man who says that he, and more than 100 other children, were abused at boarding schools in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire has taken his case to Downing Street.

Roy Messenger - who attended Dowdeswell Court near Cheltenham - wants an investigation into how much local councils and police knew about the allegations at the time, and what they did to stop abuse.

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Bristol school gives up traditional marking of work

A secondary school in Bristol has decided to give up traditional marking of children's work. Credit: PA

A secondary school in Bristol has decided to give up traditional marking of children's work.

All 950 children at Bedminster Down School now no longer receive a grade or score for their work.

Instead they receive feedback from teachers in the classroom. Live marking is simply sitting with a student and talking through a piece of work; what has gone well and identifying areas for improvement.

Impact marking involves the quick identification of gaps in understanding so the next lesson is planned to close any gaps and provide stretch and challenge. Summative assessments are used to provide additional benchmarks for progress.

Teachers claim traditional marking has little or no impact on pupil progress.

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