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Unqualified support staff being asked to teach

School support staff are increasingly being asked to teach lessons, a poll has found.

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Wigan is better placed than many to cope with the childcare revamp

Borough ready for free nursery place doubling

Wigan Council chiefs are confident the borough can avoid a nurseries crisis predicted to hit many parts of the country when the number of free hours available to pre-schoolers doubles later this year.

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George Osborne

The battle to reverse graduate brain drain

Schools in the North of England need “urgent attention”, according to the first report by George Osborne’s Northern Powerhouse think tank.

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Lowton CE High School head teacher Julian Pollard

Ofsted says high school still requires improvement

A school still has more to do in order to get a good rating, watchdogs have ruled.

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Jon Platt, who successfully challenged a conviction for taking his daughter on an unauthorised holiday during school term time

Supreme Court reserve judgement in term-time holiday legal battle

The Supreme Court has reserved judgment on a landmark legal battle between education chiefs and a father who took his daughter on holiday in term-time without her headteacher's permission.

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Poetry to remember fallen military heroes

Poetry to remember fallen military heroes

Young poets proved they had a way with words when it comes to paying tribute to the armed forces in a special school project.

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Wigan UTC, Parson's Walk, Wigan University Technical College Wigan

Tech courses prestige pledge

Mayoral hopeful Andy Burnham will ask the Prime Minister for a “UCAS style” process for technical courses to be trialled in Greater Manchester.

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Coun Karen Aldred, Keith Sumner and school pupils with the burned statue

New statue is unveiled after arson attack

A community has rallied round to replace a statue damaged in an arson attack.

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Further warnings over falling school budgets

Further warnings over falling school budgets

Schools across the country are approaching financial “breaking point” a union has said with Wigan schools facing a cut of £444 per pupil.

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Students get a taste of Chinese at Winstanley College

College hosts foreign languages seminar

Dozens of A-level students from across the North West took part in a languages workshop at Winstanley College.

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High school told it needs to improve

High school told it needs to improve

Education inspectors have found a high school requires improvements.

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Wigan And Leigh College principal Anna Dawe (centre) with her vice principals Lorraine Groch and Claire Foreman

All-female team bringing A-levels back to college

An all-female top team is bringing A-levels back to Wigan and Leigh College.

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Maxine Armstrong, from Wigan And Leigh Hospice, receiving a cheque at Westleigh High School

Staff and pupils raise more than £5,000 for hospice

Generous secondary school pupils have certainly gone the extra mile for charity by raising more than £5,000 for the borough’s hospice.

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Headteacher David Worthington, centre, with pupils from nursery at Worsley Mesnes Primary School, Wigan, they are upset after the milk delivery was stolen from the school in the early hours of the morning.

True extent schools targeted by criminals revealed

Brazen thieves helped themselves to a set of goalposts from a Wigan primary school, shocking new figures have revealed.

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Rev Alan Saunders with the AYF Band from Uganda

Group creates sounds of Africa

A music group will bring the sublime sounds of Africa to the borough and also spread the good news during an extended stay next month.

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Child seatbelt danger warning

Child seatbelt danger warning

Shock figures show hundreds of Lancashire parents are struggling to strap their children in cars safely.

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Anna Dawe, principal of Wigan And Leigh College

College rated as ‘good’ by watchdogs

Staff and students are celebrating after Wigan and Leigh College was judged to be “good” by education inspectors.

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Primary school league tables show wide variations

Primary school league tables show wide variations

Almost 200,000 children at primary schools are considered to be under-performing, in the wake of controversial changes to SATs tests, official figures show.

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Space: The pie-nal frontier

Wigan man aiming to send pie into space

Is it a bird, is it a plane, is it a meat-eor? Well, if you look over the skies of Wigan tomorrow morning you might just see a meat and potato pie sailing overhead.

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