College is marking milestone anniversary in style

Staff and students at Wigan and Leigh College are pulling out all the stops to celebrate an academic milestone anniversary in style.

How much would your give your kids to get good grades?

Exam-taking youngsters pledged £205 average in gifts for good grades

Parents are preparing to dig deep into their pockets as exam season gets under way, with an average of £205 in gifts up for grabs if their child achieves good grades.

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Wigan borough's schools are predicted to take financial hit under the new funding formula

Could local schools avoid budget cuts?

Wigan’s schools may be saved from facing huge cuts to their budgets due to a Conservative rebellion, reports have suggested.

More children have been given a place at their preferred primary school

Parents’ delight as primary school places granted

A greater share of Wigan’s children will be going to their chosen primary school compared with last year, council bosses have revealed.

More pupils will attend their first choice schools this year, the council has said

First choice primary figures on the rise

A greater share of Wigan borough children have been given places at their first choice primary school, council bosses have said.
Sacred Heart RC Primary School in Hindsford. Pic: Google Street View

School told it is still rated good

Education inspectors found improvements have been made at a primary school since their last visit.

The Deanery High School has recently undergone a re-build

Schools’ £50m overhaul

Wigan schools will see an estimated £50m overhaul over the next four years.

Wigan's schools could plummet down funding tables

Cuts will see schools fall in league tables

Wigan borough schools are set to plummet down funding league tables if proposed changes go ahead, education leaders have said.

Martin Ainscough

Explore a career in building at UTC fair

A careers fair with a difference is being held for students aged 16-plus and adults who are looking for a chance to find out about careers in construction.

Youngsters should consider apprenticeships, new research suggests

Apprenticeships can be route to the top

Hundreds of young Wiganers could be missing out on high-flying careers by dismissing apprenticeships, according to new research.

Katie Darbyshire and Morgan Leigh

The training route to town hall career

Wigan Council is leading the way with apprenticeships with more than 200 currently on its staff.

Sex education is to be made compulsory

Sex education to be made compulsory in all secondary schools

Children are to learn about healthy relationships from age four, with sex education compulsory in all secondary schools, it has been confirmed.

A teaching assistant at work

Unqualified support staff being asked to teach

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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