Damian Hinds should “stop choking” schools and threatening them with Ofsted inspections, shadow education secretary Angela Rayner has said. Speaking to headteachers in Liverpool, Ms Rayner called on the education secretary to stop “beating schools over the head” with the current inspection regime, and instead to take a collaborative approach. It comes after Mr Hinds announced plans to overhaul measures used to hold schools to account. But schools will still be forced to become academies if they are judged to be inadequate by Ofsted, he said. Read more Cost pressures on schools have been ‘challenging’, minister admits At the annual conference of National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) in Liverpool, Ms Rayner said the current accountability system in schools was unfit for purpose. The Labour MP questioned the climate in which 10- and 11-year-olds are told they have failed Sats exams, which are supposed to only be used to hold … [Read more...] about Education secretary should stop ‘choking schools’ with Ofsted inspections, Angela Rayner says
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ANGELA Rippon is a British journalist, presenter and broadcaster Here's everything you need to know about the TV queen... Who is Angela Rippon? Angela Rippon, 73, is an English TV presenter from Plymouth, Devon. Her father was a Royal Marine and her Scottish mother Edna was a seamstress. After leaving school at 17 Angela began her journalism career as a reporter for the Western Morning News. She later worked at the Sunday Independent and was an editor for the local news programme Westward Television. Angela moved into broadcasting in 1966 as a presenter on BBC South West before becoming a regular presenter on the BBC's nine o'clock news. In 1981 she co-presented the BBC's coverage of Lady Diana Spencer's royal wedding to Prince Charles. She was the first female journalist to have a regular newsreading spot on national television. What TV shows has Angela Rippon hosted? Angela Rippon has presented many shows over the years... 1977 - Eurovision Song Contest at the Wembley Conference … [Read more...] about How old is Angela Rippon, what TV shows has the Rip Off Britain host presented and is she married?
A Home Office minister has admitted she does not know the number of police officers in the country. Victoria Atkins, who has worked as a junior minister in the Home Office since November last year, confessed "that number has slipped my mind" during a radio interview.The Tory MP was grilled on the figure amid a political row over whether a drop in the number of police officers has led to a rise in violent crime.Ministers have insisted evidence does not suggest fewer officers is to blame for an increase in violence, which has come under scrutiny following a spate of stabbings and shootings in London.Asked by LBC Radio's Nick Ferrari whether she knew the current number of police officers in the country, Ms Atkins replied: "Erm, yes, I think. Well, I know in London it's around about 31,000 officers."Pressed on the figure for the whole country, Ms Atkins added: "It's erm, you're testing me, Nick. I'm so sorry."It's, um, um, I'm not going to hazard a guess, I'm just going to front up and … [Read more...] about Home Office minister Victoria Atkins doesn’t know number of police officers
TENNIS ace Andy Murray and veteran comedian Ken Dodd have been knighted in a New Year’s Honours list full of heroes.They are joined by four-time Olympic champ Mo Farah, also made a Sir, and Jessica Ennis-Hill, who becomes a Dame.In all, 110 Olympic and Paralympic stars are rewarded in some way for their heroics in Rio this summer, including the entire womens’ hockey team.Wales football manager Chris Coleman receives an OBE.Theresa May paid tribute to those recognised, saying: “Congratulations to all those receiving honours today.“It’s great so many from different walks of life are getting recognition.”But the PM faced a backlash last night over a knighthood for Mark Lowcock, the mandarin in charge of Britain’s mammoth aid budget.Also honoured are businessman David Ord, who has donated nearly £1million to the Tories over the past decade, plusMPs and Mrs May’s former Home Office staff. Around three-quarters of the awards went to people … [Read more...] about New Year’s honours list 2017 in full – from Andy Murray and Victoria Beckham to Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis-Hill
A GRAN who went into hospital with a broken arm died – because doctors DIDN'T KNOW she was there.Tragic Patricia Fowler, 75, was left suffering on a cardiac ward and was not seen by doctors for THREE days because a secretary failed to tell consultants she was there.An inquest heard that her name had been on a list sent to consultants, but because she shared the same first name as another patient she was overlooked.It was not noticed that Mrs Fowler was actually a different patient with a different surname.Devastatingly, by the time the mistake was realised, Mrs Fowler had developed pneumonia and sepsis - which led to her death.Now her family are demanding Blackpool Victoria Hospital, Lancs., be held accountable.Scott Fowler, the youngest of Mrs Fowler's four children, said: "Going into hospital killed my mother. The grief we all feel has devastated us and the personal guilt I feel is immense."She died on Wednesday 15 and I went into the hospital on the Tuesday night to see her - … [Read more...] about Grandmother-of-five went to Blackpool Victoria Hospital with a broken arm and died after medics failed to treat her for THREE days because they didn’t know she was there