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Parents will be consulted on a possible change to a two-tier school system at Berwick

Parents in the Berwick area could be consulted on a change to a two-tier education system – if plans to do so are approved by Northumberland County Council Cabinet.

At Thursday’s meeting of the council’s Family and Children’s Services Oversight and Review Committee, members were told that the Berwick Schools Partnership faces significant challenges in terms of sustainability .

Berwick Academy – the area’s high school – was rated as ‘in need of improvement’ by Ofsted in November, having been found to be inadequate, when there are plans to have 128 free places in the partnership at the during the single year of hosting by 2025.

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A number of options were offered to schools, but the only one supported by a majority of schools was a change to a two-tier system, removing colleges from the area. Nine schools were in favor of the option, while four were against and three were undecided.

It comes as the council plans to invest millions of pounds to improve education in the area.

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Cath McEvoy-Carr, director of adult and children’s services for the council, said: “There is a significant amount of investment planned for the Berwick partnership, with a significant amount of work being undertaken.

“This is not a process led by local authorities, we are saying this is the system we want to achieve. This is a unique opportunity to influence the education system in Berwick, not only in Berwick but in the surrounding area .

“The reason this has been carefully considered is that we want to make sure that we fully understand our children, our parents and our caregivers and what they really want.

“We’ll never get a homogenous idea, but this is an opportunity to take a careful and thoughtful approach.”

The report will be presented to the council office on Tuesday, before parents are consulted on the plans.

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Councilor backs campaign to put Hillsborough disaster on school curriculum

A Labor councilor whose father was in Hillsborough on the day of the disaster has urged Wirral council to support plans to enroll him in the school curriculum.

As well as adding the disaster to the national agenda, the Hillsborough Real Truth Legacy Project is calling for a dedicated ‘Hillsborough Day’ in the Liverpool City area, to be held on the Friday closest to the anniversary of the tragedy.

Cllr Paul Martin wants the Wirral Council to support the project. Speaking to ECHO, he said: “I am a season ticket holder at Liverpool, but this issue transcends football fans and politics.

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“My father was there, I saw how it affected him. I was eight when Hillsborough arrived, but it affected some of the people I’m closest to.

Although Cllr Martin’s father of the same name was not at the end of Leppings Lane in Hillsborough, where the disaster happened, the labor adviser said he had stayed with his father since that day.

Cllr Martin added: “Never forget that. Future generations, my own children, should be aware of the cover-up, the lies that have been printed and the failures of Labor and Conservative governments on the matter.

“This [motion] provides the toolkit for teachers to teach all about the Hillsborough disaster and the cover-up. It is important that families see the lies being told against the people of Liverpool, even today. »

The disaster itself and the cover-up was publicly acknowledged and excused in Parliament by then-Prime Minister David Cameron in 2012 following the release of the Hillsborough Independent Panel (HIP) report.

The HIP report was followed by new investigations in 2016 which found the Hillsborough victims were unlawfully killed, after hearing evidence for two years. Inquiries in 2016 explicitly found that the behavior of Liverpool supporters on the day of the tragedy did not contribute to the disaster.

Cllr Martin brings a motion to Monday’s full council meeting at the New Brighton Flower Pavilion, after a similar decision was passed by Liverpool Council in January calling on the local authority to support the Hillsborough Real Truth Legacy project , led by Ian Byrne, Labor MP for Liverpool West Derby, together with many families and survivors of Hillsborough.

Hillsborough Day would see all primary and secondary schools in the Liverpool City area, which includes Wirral, take part in a special assembly. The assembly would mark the anniversary and teach children about the disaster, the cover-up and the fight for justice through dedicated educational resource kits made available to every school in the city area by local officials. education.

Part of the motion read: ‘For the sake of generations past, this is something that Wirral Town Council feels it should support and calls on all councils in the town area and beyond to do their part. support for the Real Truth Legacy project.”

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