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Gwynedd head teachers ‘get half a day a week to run school’

[ad_1] Image caption Deputy heads are unwilling to seek promotion because they can see the pressure, the report said Some head teachers in north Wales have just half a day a week to run their schools after spending most of their time in class, council bosses say.The pressures are said to be putting people off applying for head teacher posts, according to a report before Gwynedd Council's cabinet.Councillors vowed heads
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Single mum’s letter was to ‘encourage struggling parents’

[ad_1] Single mum Jenni Lee posted about her experiences on Facebook in a bid to encourage other parents who're struggling. "I wanted people to know that there are other people that understand, to let them know that they are not alone."Jenni, from Portsmouth has four children who are now 12, 15, 16 and 21.She says life is a little a bit easier for her now: "But everything I wrote, I
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George HW Bush’s sponsorship made me successful, says Filipino man

[ad_1] Image copyright Compassion International Image caption George HW Bush exchanged letters with Timothy Villalba for 10 years A Filipino man sponsored by George HW Bush as a boy has described how letters from the former US president helped him to become "successful and happy". "Out of so many kids... I was the one picked," Timothy Villalba told the TV network ABS-CBN, adding that Mr Bush had supplied him with
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Ofsted wins Court of Appeal case against Durand Academy

[ad_1] Image copyright Durand Academy Image caption Durand Academy had infant and junior schools in south London and a boarding school in Midhurst, West Sussex (pictured) Ofsted has won an appeal against a ruling that a damning inspection report was unfair.The Durand Academy, which ran a school in south London and one in West Sussex, was found to be "inadequate" in 2017.It claimed it was unable to effectively challenge the
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Meet the girl with Down’s syndrome who can speak Welsh and English

[ad_1] Children with Down's syndrome are able to speak two languages fluently, despite previous research suggesting it would hinder speech, a Bangor University study has found. Elinor Curtis, from Hengoed, speaks Welsh with her father and English with her mother and attends Welsh language primary school. Her father Ben Curtis, from Hengoed in Caerphilly council, said she was able to cope with both languages. [ad_2] Source link
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St Patrick’s High School, Keady: Arrest over ‘harassment’ letters

[ad_1] Image copyright Geograph Image caption Allegations about cheating in some GCSE exams in St Patrick's High School, Keady, emerged late last year A man has been arrested during a police investigation into "letters of harassment" sent to staff at a County Armagh school, BBC News NI has learned.The PSNI confirmed he was arrested on 24 September on suspicion of offences including harassment and intimidation.He has since been released on
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Down’s syndrome no bar to bilingualism, study suggests

[ad_1] Image caption Elinor's family wanted more information about Down's syndrome bilingualism when she was born Raising children with Down's syndrome bilingually does not put them at a disadvantage, despite concerns it leads to language delays, a study says.The small-scale research by Bangor University compared the development of children with Down's syndrome who speak Welsh and English and those living in English-only homes.Its initial conclusions suggested their English skills were
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US boy meets scientist Martyn Poliakoff in Nottingham

[ad_1] Image copyright Alex Wilkinson Media Image caption Sir Martyn Poliakoff showed Ajay Sawant how to make a glowstick and create reactions using dry ice An eight-year-old boy from California took a 12-hour detour to meet his science hero.Ajay Sawant met YouTube star Sir Martyn Poliakoff in Nottingham before heading with his family on holiday to Mumbai in India.Prof Poliakoff, based at the University of Nottingham, showed the science superfan
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School’s out for slumber: Website shows ‘tired’ schools

[ad_1] Image copyright Highland Council For pupils and staff reaching the end of term, closing school early for a well-earned rest might seem like a good idea.On Thursday, Applecross Primary and Inverness High School appeared to have done just that.Highland Council's school closures website notified the pupils and parents involved that their schools were closed because they were "tired".The messages appeared for a short time before being removed.Highland Council said