Education

New teachers to work in disadvantaged areas

Charity Teach First is set to place more than a dozen teachers into Fylde coast schools in September.

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Alison Hayden celebrates the end of year 6 with fellow pupils from Hawes Side Primary

Brave schoolgirl gets party fit for a princess

A Blackpool primary school put on a party to remember for a courageous little girl on her final day.

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Volunteers preparing walls for Sand, Sea and Spray

Town prepares for urban art festival

Preparations are underway for Blackpool’s Sun, Sea and Spray festival when the town becomes a blank canvas for urban artists from across the country and beyond.

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Wyatt, 11, with mum Michaela and dad Robin

Family’s anger over bus pass refusal

An angry mum has hit out at county transport officials who she claims have denied her 11-year-old son a free bus pass - for the sake of a disputed few hundred yards.

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Blackpool Central Library

Library users brought to book as fines go up

Library charges in Blackpool are being increased as part of measures to protect the service from budget cuts.

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Mandy Woolford, owner of Skools Out/Skools Inn child care centre

Childcare boss blasts Ofsted

The owner of a Fleetwood childcare centre has blasted an Ofsted report labelling her premises ‘inadequate’, saying her staff should not be judged on a ‘15-minute observation’.

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Toni Roethling, principal at Hodgson, who is retiring at the end of this week

Retiring headteacher’s legacy praised

A headteacher who saw her ‘outstanding’ academy become one of the country’s first teaching schools is set to retire.

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Past pupils of Hawes Side Academy queue down the street waiting to get in to look around the school at a reunion organised before the school is moved to new buildings on the site.

Thousands queue at bumper Blackpool school reunion

Thousands of former pupils of a Blackpool primary school flocked to a grand reunion – many coming from overseas.

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The 2016 Nepal Team at Blackpool Sixth Form have been fundraising all year to raise money to help teach English to students in a Nepalese school.

Teens help tots in Nepalese schools

A dedicated team of teenage tutors travelled thousands of miles to help child victims of the deadly Nepal earthquake.

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MP Gordon Marsden at his office in South Shore.

Government has let down students on SATs: MP

Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden has criticised the Government for what he called their shambolic preparation for and grading of the key stage 2 SATs exams.

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Twitter is a popular social media platform

Can we spot terrorists by the words they use online?

With France reeling from another terrorist attack, the world is asking how we can prevent such atrocities from occuring. SHERYL PRENTICE, a post-doctoral researcher in linguistics, Lancaster University, tells us how technology could be an answer....

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FCAT chief executive officer Felicity Greeves with finance lead Jane McCumiskey, HR business partner Laure Ferris, and community relations and estates lead John Topping

New Blackpool school announced by departing David Cameron

Blackpool is to get its first new purpose-built school in decades, it was announced.

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Year 2 pupils from Waterloo Primary Academy get a visit from some donkeys.  Pictured are Kalise Bernard, Harrison Sykes and Rees Beer.

Pupils say hello to resort icons

Giddy up donkey!

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St. Nicholas' CE Primary School Head Teacher Andy Mellor

Head fears ‘tougher’ tests 
‘condemn pupils to failure’

A Blackpool headteacher has slammed primary school tests for ‘condemning pupils to failure’ .

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Opening of a new outdoor play area at Highfurlong School.  Some of the children use the facilities for the first time.

School children revel in top new playground

Children at a Blackpool special school are free to run and play on their own specially-made playground thanks to a charity grant.

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Family summer holidays. Photo:  PA Photo/thinkstockphotos

Lancashire tops the league for parents being fined for taking children out of school in term time

MORE parents are fined in Lancashire for taking their children on holidays during school time than anywhere else in the country, according to latest figures.

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Only half the nations pupils passed this years controversial Sats tests

Teachers in mass exam protest

Fylde coast teachers are planning to bombard the Government with protest letters after only half the nation’s pupils passed this year’s controversial Sats tests.

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Pupils from Red Rose School take part in a world record attempt at launching bottle rockets.  Matthew Fisher and Lewis Palin.

Pupils bid for rocket record

Youngsters at Fylde coast schools are all fired up thanks to a truly explosive world record attempt.

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Young fundraisers dig deep for orphanage

Young fundraisers dig deep for orphanage

A cash donation has helped forge a bond of friendship between a Lytham school and a children’s home in Kenya.

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Northfold School Class 6

School’s letters to the future

Children at a Fylde coast primary school left a poignant message for the future.

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