Concerns over school bus scheme

Dozens of children with disabilities and special educational needs have swapped taxis for buses on the school run under a council scheme.

Joanne Ellis of Stephenson's Solicitors

Seven-point guide for freshers ...

With freshers living away from home for the first time to occupy rented accommodation ahead of the new term, Wigan-based national law firm Stephensons has issued a seven-point guide on what they must do to keep hold of their tenancy deposit.

The lessons will help build "crucial life-skills for young people"

School pupils given strategies to help develop life skills

Pupils aged 11 to 16 are to be given strategies for "coping with modern life" as part of a new programme in schools.

University of Manchester

Manchester University lecturers to vote on strike action

Lecturers at a leading university are to be balloted for strikes in a dispute over jobs.


Wigan schoolchildren find some great places to relax with a good book

Many children look forward to having a break from books during the summer holidays - but not pupils at one Wigan school.

The emails aim is to dupe students into giving up personal information

Rise in reports of student loan scam email

First-year and returning university students have been warned of a phishing scam where emails claim to be sent by the student loan provider.
Pupils lined up at Houghton Kepier

School pupils ‘lined up in the rain’ to colour-match trousers – with children sent home if clothes were from the wrong shop

Pupils at a Sunderland school were forced to “line up in the rain” while teachers colour-matched their trousers to make sure they had been bought from the right shop.

80% of young people think social media companies should do more to tackle cyber bullying

Young people want social media companies to act on bullying, poll shows

Around 80% of young people think social media companies should do more to tackle cyber bullying, according to a study.
Girls are more likely to have concerns about their appearance than boys

Looks among biggest worries for children going back to school, says survey

Many youngsters say one of their biggest worries about heading back to the classroom is how they look, a poll suggests.
Nursery workers' wages could have to be slashed

Nursery workers' pay 'may have to fall to cover free childcare scheme'

Nursery workers' wages could have to be slashed to pay for the Government's 30 hours of free childcare scheme, according to new research.

Pupils sitting an exam

School students barred from A-Levels over low grades allowed to return

A-level students who had their places at a grammar schoolwithdrawn after failing to achieve certain grades will now be allowed to return.

An apparent shortage of childcare services in the borough has been revealed

Childcare shortage woes

Hundreds of parents are struggling to cope with a shortage of childcare providers in the borough, new figures suggest.

A new building has been built at Deanery High School

Council ready to combat school place shortages

Wigan Council has assured residents that school places are not under threat despite dire warnings that thousands of children face missing out on secondary school slots across the country by 2022.

Wigan Town Hall

Council fine 500 parents for pupil absences

More than 500 parents were hit with fines by Wigan Council last year for repeatedly failing to send their children to school.
Wigan teacher Simon Humphreys

Teacher Simon starring in TV school show

A Wigan schoolteacher set to make his debut TV appearance says Channel 4’s new fly-on-the-wall documentary will help a school’s bad reputation.

A pupil with an iPad

Pupils carrying a fortune in gadgets

Next month children will go back to school carrying £2.5bn worth of valuables in their backpacks.

Emily Baulf (17), an editorial assistant at teen magazine, Future Mag and 2nd year student at a large 6th form college

A teenager's guide to surviving their first day at college

We’ve been there, don’t panic.

In England, the overhaul saw traditional A* to G grades replaced with a 9 to 1 system in both core subjects.

Sample questions from new higher-tier maths papers

The changes to GCSE English and maths are aimed at making the exams "more challenging", according to Government policy objectives.

St Mary's pupil Kristian Wade

School celebrates top results in new GCSE grade system

Students, parents and staff at St Mary’s Catholic High School are celebrating achieving some excellent results in this year’s GCSEs.

Celebrations as students get their GCSE exam results at Standish Community High School

Teenagers get their GCSE results

Around 50,000 English and maths GCSEs were awarded the new highest grade this summer, as the impact of the biggest shake-up of exams for a generation began to be felt.

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