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Wigan headteacher at centre of dispute

A former headteacher of a Wigan primary is at the centre of a school closure storm.
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Logan Gallagher before he was diagnosed with cancer in 2014

Pupils remember tragic schoolmate

Schoolmates of a young Wigan boy who died from cancer have raised money in his memory.

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The RS Digital Truck

Lorryload of scientific inspiration is in town

A 35-tonne truck filled with robots and gadgets rolled into Wigan today with one goal: to inspire the future generation of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) experts.

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Students Jess Grundy (13) and Kaci Southworth (14) from Golborne High School tour The Brick, Wigan, to see the work the homeless project does

Kind pupils touched by plight of homeless

Generous secondary school pupils have been going the extra mile to support a Wigan charity after being moved by the plight of the homeless.

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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.

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Wigan UTC

Borough UTC unaffected by school closing

Wigan’s technical college will not be affected by the latest high-profile closure to hit the sector, the director of the trust running it has said.

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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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Club president Mia Cliffe, vice-president Chelsy Boyne-Nelson, secretary Melissa Molyneux and treasurer Emily Warburton with the other club members at the handover of the clubs official registration certificate from Rotary International

Teens excited over new partnership

Excited, eager and a great sense of pride: some of the words used to describe a new partnership between Wigan Rotary Club and a budding group of enthusiastic students.

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Play therapy at Hop, Skip & Jump, Wigan

Fun therapy just got even better

Play therapy is making a world of difference to Wigan youngsters with disabilities.

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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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Students with Oxbridge offers with Winstanley College's Oxbridge co-ordinators (Dan Crabtree, Steph Atherton and Matt Fisher)

College celebrates Oxbridge offers

Winstanley College is celebrating after 14 students received offers to study at Oxbridge in September.

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RL Hughes Primary Year Five pupils from left, Madeline Briars Wheeler, Michael Clarke, Isabella Partington, Jack Scarborough, Lilly McManus and Jonathan Faulkner with Headteacher Monica Middlehurst in their newly refurbished classroom after an arson attack in December

School targeted by arsonists bounces back

Pupils have returned to their classroom at a Wigan school - just seven weeks after it was destroyed in an arson attack.

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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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Wood Fold Primary School, Green Lane, Standish

Row over primary school’s ham ban

Parents have hit out at council food chiefs for pulling pork off the menu at a Wigan primary school for health reasons.

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Shevington Community Primary School will close later this year

Council approves school closure plan

Controversial plans to close a Wigan primary school have been given the green light by the council's cabinet.
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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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St John Rigby College has leapt to eighth place in the country for a A level progress

Celebrations at sixth form A-level results

Two Wigan sixth form colleges have cause for celebration following the release of the Department for Education performance tables.

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