Parent Power list celebrates our top schools

Parent power has given some of the borough’s best schools something to celebrate after they made a list of the country’s best places to learn.

Retiring head Pat Carter with pupils

'I've had the best of both worlds', says retiring head

A Wigan headteacher is calling an end to a career spanning more than three decades when she retires at the end of the year.

Young people are taking out substantial loans to pay for courses without much effective help and advice

Spending watchdog raises 'mis-selling' concern over university degree courses

Graduates in England are saddling themselves with £50,000 of debt while potentially being "mis-sold" degree courses by universities, the Government's spending watchdog has said.

Holy Family School in Platt Bridge

Parents excluded from Wigan school grounds

Parents have been excluded from the grounds of a Wigan school after grown-ups and even pupils were threatened.
Principals, including Louise Tipping (front row far right), protest over funding levels

College chiefs’ fund plea

The principals of Wigan’s sixth form colleges have urged Chancellor Philip Hammond to boost funding for all sixth form students - not just those studying maths.


Flood hit schools and nurseries close across Lancashire

Following last night's torrential rain and flooding a number of schools across Lancashire have announced that they will be closed today.
An app is helping pupils tackle bullies

App helps Wigan schoolchildren report bullying

Thousands of pupils across Wigan are using an app to report incidents of bullying in safety and without fear of reprisals.

Young people aged 11 to 16 will be urged to run to safety

Anti-terror attack advice for pupils aged 11 to 16 made available for schools

Potentially life-saving advice showing schoolchildren what to do if they are caught up in a terror attack is being made available to be taught in UK schools for the first time.

Children should be able to try out "the many cloaks of identity" without being labelled or bullied

Young should not be bullied for exploring their identity, says Church of England

Children should be able to try out "the many cloaks of identity" without being labelled or bullied, the Church of England has said.

Bullying - there's no place for it

Bullying makes young afraid of being different

Wigan schools were urged to celebrate what makes pupils unique today as a new poll of youngsters found that over half worry about being seen as “different” from others, and 40 per cent would hide or change aspects of themselves for fear of being bullied.

Around 20 children were taken home by their parents

120 pupils taken out of classes for wearing wrong shoes

Around 120 pupils who turned up for lessons wearing the wrong footwear were taken out of classes and asked to work at desks in a gym.

Most young people believe they have been failed by careers advice

Young people feel 'failed' by careers advice

Most young people believe they have been failed by careers advice, sometimes going into the wrong job because of the lack of help, a new report says.

Mr Miler: "Students in our school get to go on to do their first choice options post-16."

Wigan school is top again

Standish Community High School celebrates being top in town for the third year running

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School suspends headteacher after poor exam results

School suspends headteacher after poor exam results

A secondary school headteacher has been suspended after an investigation was launched into its poor performance.

New figures show a rise in the proportion of youngsters missing lessons for family trips

Nearly one in 10 pupils took term-time holidays in last year

Almost one in 10 pupils in England took time off school for term-time holidays last year.

Loans could be written off

Threshold hike for student loan repayments could see 75% written off

Theresa May's decision to raise the threshold for repaying student loans could lead to three quarters of them being written off and it would be simpler and fairer to cut tuition fees, a think tank has said.

Megan receives her certificate from the Mayor and Mayoress and council education chief James Winterbottom

Pupil Megan is made mayor for the day

A lucky student experienced a day in the life of the the borough’s first citizen after winning a competition encouraging young people to learn more about the democratic process.


University robots to improve the care of older people, patients and autistic children

Edge Hill University’s Computer Science Department is building pioneering robots to help monitor and care for older people, patients and autistic children.

Hindley High School

School told it needs to improve

A high school where teaching is “inconsistent” has been told it must improve.
Newbridge, one of the schools to benefit from the upgrades

Boost at special school sites

Several projects have been given the green light to meet the need for extra special school places in Wigan.

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