School asks parents to help supply pens, pencils and toilet paper

A school has reportedly put together a "wish list" for parents to help purchase supplies including pens, pencils and toilet paper.
Winners of the Wigan Education Awards

Education Awards a huge success

The 2018 Wigan Observer annual Education Awards were once again a huge success.

Westleigh High School students working on the play about mental health

School play urges mental health talk

School pupils have staged a brave performance aiming to break the stigma of talking about mental health among young people.

Pupils Isla and Jack, both three, emerge from the inflatable brain

Pupils are given a mind’s eye view of mental health

Wigan primary school pupils got a lesson in how to look after their own minds with a unique interactive experience thanks to a mental health team.

Dr Geoff Baker

New head pledges to make Cansfield ‘a great school’

The new headteacher at a borough school says he hopes to turn it into a “beacon of excellence”.

Headteacher Dave Fann

MP's crisis plan for failing school

A failing school is the subject of an emergency action plan after the local MP called in education chiefs to save its future.
Parents hold a rally with their children in Preston Park, Brighton, in protest at controversial Sats tests for six and seven-year-olds. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 3, 2016. The Let Our Kids Be Kids campaign has organised the day of action in protest at children being "over-tested, over-worked and in a school system that places more importance on test results and league tables than children's happiness and joy of learning". See PA story EDUCATION Sats. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Sats are a testing time for parents as well as children

Exams are a testing time at any age. But, none are more controversial than the Standard Attainment Tests, or SATS taking place in primary schools this week.

Exam season is here

As exams loom: 10 ways to nurture children so they don't fear failure

A parent coach explains how to build resilience so kids can cope with life's challenges.

Abuse shame

Abused Wigan children not hitting education targets

Hundreds of abused children in care in Wigan could be falling short of the expected education standards, according to the town hall.
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Parents have concerns over "serious decline" at Mossy Lea Primary School

MP develops action plan for failing Wigan school

An MP has called on education bosses to deliver an emergency action plan to save a failing Wigan school after two teachers and two Governors resigned amid management chaos.

Wigan school faces closure as pupils leave in droves

A Wigan school is “in crisis” as grave concerns over standards cause pupil numbers to plummet.
Nick Edwards and his daughter Penelope (centre back) with staff and children at Rainbow House breaking the giant chocolate egg

Parbold man donates large chocolate egg to children at Rainbow House in Mawdesley

Youngsters at a conductive education centre were given a large and tasty surprise thanks to generous donation.

Rapper Professor Green

Professor Green due for star appearance on Edge Hill University talk panel

Rapper Professor Green, who recently made the acclaimed documentary Working Class White Men, will be ‘in conversation’ on the same subject at a free public event at Edge Hill University.

VIDEO: School ‘overwhelmed’ by support after blaze

It is business as usual for staff and pupils at a borough school - just weeks after a fire caused “sheer devastation”.
Ben Martin, Duke of Edinburgh gold award winner

Adventurous Wigan teen sets gold standard

A sixth-form student from Wigan has earned the coveted Gold standard Duke Of Edinburgh award.
Wigan and Leigh College principal Anna Dawe holding the trophy along with senior colleagues. Picture courtesy of Joe Gardner Photography.

Borough college is named best in the North

Wigan and Leigh College is celebrating after it was named the top further education centre in the North of England.
The primary has now scrapped the idea

School drops plans for early Friday closure

A primary school that was considering closing its doors to pupils on Friday afternoons has dropped the proposal.

Moving to a four-and-a-half day week would give staff more time to develop an "exciting curriculum" for students

School proposes Friday afternoon closure

A primary school is considering closing to pupils on Friday afternoons to help stop teacher "burnout".

Almost two fifths (39%) of students currently use drugs

Student drug possession should not lead to police action, union says

Universities should not report students to the police, or exclude them from courses for possessing illegal drugs, according to the National Union of Students (NUS).

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