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Good evening, I'm Charlie McArdle, welcome to BBC Channel Islands.
The mental health of teachers should be one of the priorities for
In order to make this a success, they've got to have a happy
workforce and really they need to pay more attention to the welfare of
teachers and two teachers are more general well-being. .
Making sure the Channel Islands are not forgotten
Plus, start your day in the best possible way with Wake and Shake
Raising standards, teaching local history, and responding
to care inquiry findings - these are some of the priorities
for Jersey's Education Department in the coming years revealed
It says, despite having to make savings, it can deliver.
While unions welcome the plans, they're highlighting the pressures
Education in Jersey has been in the spotlight a lot lately,
from issues around free nursery places to funding
Today, the department laid out its progress
over the past two years, and its priorities for the next two.
These include: teaching children more about the island's
history and politics, updating guidance on children
with special needs, and improving standards in schools,
all against a background of having to make savings.
While some union reps welcome the business plan,
they say teachers' mental health should be a priority.
In order to make this a success, they've got to have a happy
workforce and they really need to pay more attention to the welfare
of teachers and to teachers' emotional well-being,
The issue of stress in the industry was highlighted in a recent
survey of Jersey teachers, with concerns about workload
The department say they're taking the responses seriously.
There were two key areas, one was, as you mentioned, workload,
which is why we're working with teachers to see
The second is training, they'd like more than we currently
provide, so we're responding to both those issues.
The department's confident it can follow through its business plan,
despite the challenge of having to tighten its belt
Flags are flying at half mast in the Channel Islands today
in sympathy for those affected by the Westminster terror attack.
It was requested flags on public buildings be flown
Guernsey's senior politician has today written to the Prime Minister
Meanwhile, security at the ports in Guernsey and Jersey
has been stepped up, although the threat
A former ambulance station officer in Guernsey has been suspended
for a year after failing to follow up an aborted 999 call from a man
Alan Hamilton called the St John Ambulance in July 2014,
The station officer at the time Jason Garnham has now been suspended
Our reporter Jessica Banham has been following this story.
Jessica, what more do we know about the call?
Back in July 2014, Alan Hamilton, who was a groundsman
at the King George VI playing fields, called the St
That call was cut off and the next day he was found dead
Now, this week, Jason Garnham - who was in a supervisory position
that day as the ambulance station officer - was the subject
of a conduct and competence hearing at the Health and Care Professions
council over the way this call was handled.
The hearing heard how the member of staff who took the initial call
did attempt to call Mr Hamilton back twice but was unsuccessful.
She said she then asked Mr Garnham whether she should carry
on trying, but was told she should "stop panicking."
And what did Mr Garnham say happened next?
Mr Garnham denied all the allegations against him and told
the hearing he had followed the correct procedures.
But today the committee panel found that Mr Garnham failed to send
the police or ambulance out and failed to ask the call-taker
to fill in the appropriate call log afterwards.
It's worth noting here that the hearing was told
there is "no suggestion" the alleged failings contributed
But the panel did find that Mr Garnham's behaviour constituted
misconduct and he's been suspended from the council's register
for a year, which means during that time he won't be able to practice
The inquest has opened into the death of Valerie Jehan,
who went missing from Jersey's north coast.
The 75-year-old's handbag was found on cliffs
near Devil's Hole and her body later discovered three miles off Noirmont.
Today's inquest heard her death is not suspicious
and was adjourned waiting for results of the post-mortem exam.
Concerns have been raised about the number of late deliveries
The aim is to deliver all letters by 2pm each day.
The consumer group PostWatch says it's been made aware of instances
It's now looking into the situation to assess
There will be exceptional circumstances and if it is due to
fault, we can't alter the weather. Our understanding is that hasn't
been really do to those sort of circumstances, beyond Guernsey's
post-control. We don't really know the reason why some of them are
going late. A report says the Channel Islands
relationship with the UK must be protected and their voices heard
in Brexit negotiations. The House of Lords has been
investigating the implications of Brexit for the Crown
Dependencies. It identifies concerns
for the finance industry and the ability to attract EU
citizens to live and It also questions the islands
abilities to trade freely with the UK and Europe,
as Lord Kinnoull Farming and fishing are both things
which the UK will be discussing with the EU and because of the close
relationship between the UK and the Channel Islands, these things will
need to be on the agenda as well. So the position is completely clear for
the Channel Islands as well as for the UK. What are the implications
for the island's finance industries? The relationship between the
financial services industry is pretty symbiotic with the City of
London, that is actually a good thing because it's clearly very high
up on the list of things to be dealt with with the EU in the Brexit
negotiations. You are calling on the UK Government to make sure the
island voices are heard. How confident are you that their voices
will be heard? We are confident at the moment the process is working
well. We heard from the Chief Minister both of Guernsey and Jersey
that the impression was that interaction between the UK
Government and the Government of the Channel Islands was going well. How
can the islands make sure they are not forgotten in this process? I am
sure the Chief ministers will work very hard indeed to make sure their
voices are heard with the UK Government ministers, but they also
will note those we as the scrutiny committee in the House of Lords and
the scrutiny committee in the House of Commons, are extremely interested
in making sure the whole UK family, the interests are advanced and
properly considered. Senior politicians in Guernsey
and Jersey have welcomed We're told exercise is good not just
your body but your brain as well, especially first thing
in the morning. So, as part of their wellbeing week,
teenagers at one Jersey school put that theory to the test today,
as Chris Harrison reports. After only just waking,
its time for these students Here at Hautlieu School,
pupils took part in a quick exercise It wakes you up and most teenagers
struggle to get out of bed, dragging themselves into school, it gets the
blood pumping and muscles moving, wakes them up and sets them up the
day, keeps them awake during lessons. It's a good idea, they do
it in China and Japan and they seem to have really good academic
results, so maybe there is a correlation there. It's been really
fun, something we do in the form time and sometimes, just hanging
around dance around, it's really fun for the whole school.
It's all part of the schools wellbeing week, highlighting how
important it is to take time to look after both mind and body.
This morning's Wake and Shake event was led by a local health agency.
This was originated between the school and ourselves and we were
having talks about what we can do to get ourselves into the community and
it is the most fun way and it's nice to get to a lot of kids quite easily
as well. After a positive start,
could this school be onto something? I think that's a real possibility.
In the first stages, it was a voluntary activity, students can she
will, we are not doing this because we are told to, but because it works
for us, makes us less moody in the morning and more are ready to learn.
The students now head off to class, hopefully more awake
And if it proves popular, it could be their regular
David, is Wake and shake something you might consider to get
I think it will, yes, especially if the weather is good and it looks to
be good this weekend. We have had rained today, this is the grey skies
across Jersey. It looks like tomorrow a lot of that cloud should
move away, much brighter, some sunshine and a keen wind, not as
warm as we would like. This cloud is an area of low pressure heading down
towards the west coast of Spain and Portugal by the middle of the day
tomorrow. Behind there are clearing skies, brighter weather, a windy
weekend, certainly on Saturday morning. Strong easterly winds, gale
force for a time but high pressure is taking. Patchy cloud this
evening, still giving outbreaks of rain here and there but a lot of
that will move away overnight tonight as it goes away to the
western end of the English Channel, these guys were clear and by the
small hours of the morning, a fair amount of clear skies and
temperatures are low. Fort tomorrow, we are expecting to see patchy
clouds, summer showers, most of us dry, with sunny spells developing
and top temperature of 11 or 12 degrees, but a brisk north east wind
developing. Those could be quite strong, especially by the end of the
afternoon and into the early part of the evening. The is our times of
water. The ways are small tomorrow with those easterly winds and not
much for most other beaches. The easterly winds will feature in the
weather. Generally fair with good visibility. It will be a windy start
to the weekend, Saturday is going to be fine, dry, plenty of sunshine,
but cold and strong winds, the wind evening on a Sunday and a little bit
warmer by the time we get to the early part of next week.
A reminder of our top story tonight. Raising standards, teaching local
history and responding to your enquiry findings, these are some of
the priorities for Jersey's education department in the coming
years is revealed in its latest business plan. That's it for now,
I'll be back with the news update just before eight o'clock and then
again before a past ten. Good evening.
A Torquay explorer whose adventures are at the heart of a new Hollywood
blockbuster film is being celebrated at a South-West museum
Lieutenant Colonel Percy Fawcett disappeared in the Amazon in 1925
They were searching for an ancient lost city, which is the story behind
Ahead of the film being released this weekend, our South Devon
reporter John Ayres has been taking a look.
What you seek is far greater than you ever imagined.
The film may be typically Hollywood, but the main character
It's the story of Lieutenant Colonel Percy Fawcett,
who was born in Torquay and schooled in Newton Abbot.
He was a former soldier, cartographer, spy and explorer -
some might argue the inspiration for that well-known film
The photos we have of Fawcett, they almost evoke that
Indiana Jones-type image, but also, he has been linked
to other famous characters and he was a definite inspiration
for a character in Arthur Conan Doyle's Lost World novel,
because Fawcett and Conan Doyle became close friends
and Conan Doyle effectively wrote the Professor Challenger character
This film is based on a true story where Percy Fawcett,
played by Charley Hunnman, went off in search of the lost
city of Z with his son and son's best friend,
Torquay Museum has various artefacts relating to Fawcett,
including his school cap, false teeth and his diary
from the film, based on the diaries they have.
The production company came to the museum and,
during that research process, they decided that they needed
to reconstruct their own diary that Charley Hunnam could use.
They made it a little bit bigger, as well, because on the screen
they wanted to make it nice and visible.
He even, during the film, used a diary to block an arrow
Percy Fawcett has featured in Torquay Museum's ongoing
Explorers' collection, but they are hoping
to have an exhibit dedicated to him later in the year.
The film The Lost City Of Z comes out on Friday.
Now it won't have escaped your notice that tomorrow
is Red Nose Day, when people will be taking part in all sorts
of events to raise a smile and money for Comic Relief.
Here at BBC South-West there is much talk of the Great British Bake-Off
style Cake-Off challenge when presenters from radio
and television went head to head in the kitchens of City College
Their challenge was to bake a Victoria sponge,
decorate it and sell it, with the winner being the one
Simple, you'd have thought, but there were a few surprises.
Radio Devon's David Fitzgerald was there to compere the event.
Big mistake having a husband-and-wife team here.
There's no way you need that much butter.
My wife wife packed me off with a little box of stuff,
a recipe to follow and even the teddy, for extra comfort.
I quite like cooking, but I've never baked a cake.
I've got no sort of technical hinterland or anything to draw on,
so I'm literally just going to follow these instructions
I'm doing mini Victoria sandwiches today.
My thinking was that what would you prefer to have?
I'm actually mixing it up and I'm going for a chocolate
You've been on one, two, three, four rows now.
I can move around as I wish, I've been told.
If you put them all in at once, they go all squiffy.
Well, I'm not sure that's right, now.
Is the shell supposed to be in there like that?
I tell you, I'm making double the amount here.
I'm not sure what, but it's got something.
Victoria sponge or Victoria cocktail?
Well, I concede that my offering is looser than any of my rivals.
I've had a quick peek around the room.
A pint and a half of cake isn't going to work!
Larry, I'm sorry, where it says tablespoons of milk, can you show me
She has split milk in their to weigh up to two tablespoons.
I think you and I should start again at this point in time.
Tomorrow, on Red Nose Day itself, we will find out whether any of them
actually managed to bake a cake and sell it, and if
Did you really have eggshells in viewers, David? And how you cheat,
as well. It looks like good fun. A big important weather day-to-day.
Today, we celebrate World Met Day and this year s theme is clouds .
We asked you for your photos and here they are.
Thank you to everyone who has been sending in your photographs.
Tomorrow it will still be a great day. It is been pretty miserable
today with the brain, wind and cold. Tomorrow will be cloudy, patchy rain
beginning to clear but also quite breezy. The promised the moral of
brighter skies and even some sunshine yet in the day. We have an
area of low pressure at the moment but it is on the move and it is
moving away from us. That is high pressure and it is coming at the end
of the weekend. For the weekend, that is the good news. The bad news
is that we are on the edge of it so there will be a keen wind to look
forward to on Saturday and Sunday, particularly on the south coast. At
the time you get the Sunday that wind will begin to drop. Cold at
night for the weekend, with some pretty good daytime temperatures.
That was the rain we saw earlier today. It is moving away but still
the risk of showers left behind. That will continue for this evening
and overnight tonight. It is rather misty grey, spots of light rain and
drizzle on the south coast. Any breaks in the cloud will be in the
North Devon and the northern part of Somerset. Some of that rain will
come back before dawn tomorrow morning. There will be a keen wind
tonight, temperatures will not be as low as last night. A mild night, 5
degrees the minimum. Tomorrow will be warmer but still quite damp
through the morning. Gradually, a lot of that patchy rain will fizzle
out by the time you get to the afternoon there will be breaks
developing in the cloud, sunshine and North Devon, fine weather
drifting into parts of Somerset and Dorset. Hopefully we will see more
in the way of sunshine. It will feel warmer despite the fact that is
quite windy. Many others inland, not a bad second half to the day. At top
temperature of 11 degrees. The forecast as we head into the weekend
has a strong wind developing. For the Isles of Scilly, it is a
blustery day tomorrow, a few showers around but also sunny spells. For
all of us the wind will be a feature on Saturday. Times of high water.
Small waves on the coastline tomorrow for our surfers. Usable,
but only two or three feet. The coastal water forecast has the winds
from the ether north-east, occasionally seven. Patchy rain,
becoming merely fair with good visibility. Those winds will be
strong on Saturday, possibly reaching gale force through the
English Channel. Saturday is a blustery day, but a fine day. Not a
cloud in the sky on Saturday, a maximum of 14 degrees. Sunday, more
in the way of cloud, windy conditions. Similar conditions on
Monday. So, at last, some fine weather, and awarded the weekend as
well. My mum got several that taught us
out today. He is 70. He likes the warm weather. Thanks for joining us.
Join us again tomorrow, good night.