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Why some children starting secondary school in Hull are six
years behind with their reading. have had children about 25 each
year that have joined us, with reading ages of less than five.
The tanker driver dispute which started in North Lincolnshire
results in a national strike. Hitting out at police commissioners
- Humberside's chief constable is the latest senior figure to
criticise the changes. This is a system that is untried and untested
in this country. It is fundamentally a different style of
policing. Taking to the streets for charity -
thousands of people run the Sport Summer in March and there is more
to come. Your weekend weather BBC Look North can reveal that some
children are starting secondary school in Hull with a reading age
of five. Levels of reading and writing in the city are still well
behind the national average. The city council has given �10,000 to
every Hull secondary school to help raise standards. Our correspondent
is balls from the serious academy. The average reading age of children
entering school here is nine years five months. But a significant
number is below that, which means that the struggle with the rest of
the curriculum. Why are we going ever these? Some people cannot read.
We have had children, approximately about 25 each year, that have
drinkers with a reading age of about five. So the school set up a
special nurture group. The group is taught by a teacher specialising in
primary school methods. There have already been drastic improvements.
Where have put support in two groups have to enable a large
number of children to make progress. Every pupil here, whatever their
age or level, now takes part in the accelerated breeding programme,
which regularly monitors their progress. Quite a few of these
people's -- pupils here today had lower levels of reading but with
the accelerated reading, things have improved. Literacy is the
cornerstone of a good education and around one in five children are
simply not making the grade by the age of 11. Even those who do are
not guaranteed to pass their GCSEs when they are 16.
This group of boys are all currently sitting on a D grade for
their GCSE English but they all recognise how important it is to up
their game. You are speaking and writing and you will never get a
job. If you get the qualification it opens a lot of doors. I want a
future with the job I have wanted since I was little. So in a city
with some of the lowest literacy levels in the country, there is
growing confidence that real progress is now and being mate.
Councillor Helene M Mallon is responsible for education at Hull
City Council. -- Councillor Helene O'Mullane. Why have so many
children, literally possibly hundreds, slipped through the net?
You have to remember that school, children come in at varying levels
of education. We have always had a problem of children coming into
school with very poor pre- literacy skills. They perhaps have not had
the nurturing at home. Perhaps English is a second language. There
are lots of emotional reasons why children do some can start at a
disadvantage. The average reading age for an 11-year-old in many Hull
schools is around nine. Can parents be confident that Hull's primary
schools are digging their job? think they can. The fact they are
coming in extra numbers to bring children into school. In secondary
schools, they are bringing back children. We have to ask parents
and guardians, over the last two years, we have put a lot of extra
work into giving children literacy time, giving them support as
analysts and at a children's centres. But you think primary
schools are doing their job and his is the parents letting the children
down? I think it is both. Some children come in and they have had
a lot of reading when they were young, talking, communicating,
playing with a loss. They come in their the to learn to read. Others
do not have that advantage and we have to work with them at much
slower levels to make sure the literacy is well implanted in them.
What can you and the primary schools do to make sure that in the
future the levels of reading and writing in this city are not be led
the national average as they are now? For the last three years we
have had a special scheme. Unfortunately, the Government
funding for this was pulled this year, but the head teachers
themselves have found money for that to continue for another year.
In Key Stage One last year there was an a % rise in the level of
Reading, which is now starting to work through to key stage 2. We
have teachers in the schools with extra expertise. It should improve
gradually over the years, as it is at the moment. Let's hope so. Thank
you. Let's throw this one open. How can
reading and writing be improved? How much responsibility should the
parents take? Are they doing their bit? Or will more spending in
schools are really make the difference? Our primary schools the
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finish at 7pm. In a moment, as fans protest
against the club's board, businesses claim they are being
heat for by Lincoln City's poor form.
Political pressure is mounting on Chancellor George Osborne to
reverse the VAT rise faced on static caravans in the Budget. It
is one of the area's largest manufacturing industries. Today
Labour politicians visited Willerby Caravans in East Hull and heard how
closing a tax loophole would hit sales and jobs.
The these workers at Willerby holiday homes have already agreed
to go down to a four-day week from five days, in order to prevent
redundancies. 90% of static caravans sold in the UK are made in
East Yorkshire. Now there are concerns that the caravan industry
will face further pressure following the Government's plan to
add VAT to static caravans, which would make some on average �6,000
more expensive. We are finding it a little bit more contradictory with
the Government saying they are trying to get staycations, UK
holidays, and here we are making the equipment for those holidays
and now we are being penalised. Workers fear this could lead to
further caravans being sold and consequently it job losses. This
prompted them to get in touch with their local MP, who today brought
the shadow minister for regional Price to halt. There has been no
consultation. I do not think people in the industry would be adverse to
consultation and discussion. But in this case there has been no
consultation or discussion and they are introducing it at the worst
time of year when we are about to enter the holiday season.
Government says finally adding VAT would bring sales of static
caravans into line with mobile ones. It is an issue that will be raised
in the House of Commons, with the Chancellor being asked to look
again. That is a story that we will
continue to follow here on Look North.
Some more stories tonight. A bad manager has been jailed for 21
months for stealing �100,000 from the accounts of five elderly
customers, one of whom was dead. -- a bank manager. Owen Danter from
Beverley stole the money when he was manager of Santander in
Driffield. The bank has been as the customers and taken �30,000 from
his pension fund. Lincolnshire County Council has
asked the Government for more than �6 million to repair drought-
damaged roads. More than 150 sites have been identified as priority
areas, mainly around Holbeach, Spalding, Boston and Bourne. The
council received �5 million following a similar -- similar bid
in 2004. Engineering company is investing in
Lincoln. Bifrangi says the deal will invest in new jobs and
investment. It involves begin one of the world's biggest metal
presses to the site to build a tractor axles.
The industrial unrest among petrol tanker drivers, which started on
the south bank of the Humber, has now become a national dispute.
Drivers who voted for strikes, prompting fears of fuel shortages.
The dispute is over terms and safety but employers say that many
of the drivers earn more than �45,000 a year. Our reporter is a
live near the Conoco Philips oil refinery right now.
How has this dispute escalated to the stage tonight? Just to explain,
it is separate to fuel distribution companies that take fuel from oil
refineries like these and distribute it across the UK. The
drivers are those vehicles side that it is supermarkets and garages
-- as they try to compete for the lowest price, it is affecting them.
The companies they work for asking them to work longer hours and meet
tighter deadlines and Murray say that health and safety is taking a
back seat as a result. -- they say. Drivers he went on strike for a
whole week over cuts in their pay at the beginning of the year and
that has led to a national ballot. The tankers stood idle. In January
of this year, drivers at the Coreco Phillips oil refinery -- Conoco
Philips oil refinery went on strike. They are offering us a reduction of
�4,000. The other reductions are around our pensions and our terms
and conditions. A those protesting said it was a wider problem within
the industry and one of their drivers is now in a national video
which has been released to highlight their case.
This is not about our pay. This is about having a safe environment for
the workforce. A whenever we fill up at the pub, it is oil truck
drivers working in what the world's most dangerous professions baccy
company -- the country on the road. But today, as oil companies push
for even higher profits, health and safety is being compromised. I have
been driving for 18 years. We go through extensive training. We are
constantly monitored by it are companies and health and safety
teams. We drivers across the UK now
agreeing to go on strike, there are fears it could lead to the
destruction we saw in the year 2000. That was over the cost of petrol
and diesel and electric pumps being empty and chaos on the roads.
these strikes likely to take place, when? I have spoken to the union
Unite and they say legally they have to give its seven days' notice.
So it will not happen soon but they say that what happens here is
likely to be the epicentre of any strike action. The Government had
said that they are ready and that troops are in place to deliver fuel
if necessary. The haulage company in Wincanton who delivers the oil
has said that the strike is politically motivated and it is
impractical and we cannot do it. Grass years.
That is another one you might want to comment on. There is a reminder
of our e-mail address and the tax Still ahead tonight...
As crowds dwindle at Lincoln City, businesses say they are being hit
in the pocket. And raising millions for charity -
people across our area take part in the Sport Relief Mile.
Tonight's photo is of Grimsby Dock Tower. Thanks to Richard Enderby
for that. Ahir please send us your The I got this letter about the
Sport Relief Day. This year said you were looking very fit and
wondered if you worked it out? Now, it looks as though some are has
arrived. As you can see the Airport a a at it was up to 19 degrees
Celsius. It has been very pleasant whenever you have been. Tomorrow
very similar tomorrow, up with not a cloud in the sky. This high
pressure covering virtually all of the British Isles. But that is
going to clear by the weekend, when temperatures will back to a more
normal. It is dry and clear overnight, but there could be the
odd bit of mist and fog. The low temperature overnight could jot
down to minus Zero degrees at Gainsborough. Any mist and a patchy
fog a rapidly dispersing and it will be spot the cloud time. It is
going to be clear blue skies with lots of sunshine, with the light
variable biddies. On the course, slightly cooler, with the likes of
Bridlington probably maybe only getting up to 15 degrees Celsius.
On Wednesday, the temperatures even higher, getting up to 21 degrees
Celsius, before dropping back as the week progresses. See you
tomorrow. It is an easy job for you just now, just saying it is dry and
The Chief Constable of Humberside Police has become the latest seeing
officer to attack the government's plan for police commissioners --
senior officer. Tim Hollis says the move is not tested in the UK and
will bring politics into police and. He is also concerned that the
future of the country's police forces will be dictated by the
personalities of the commissioners. The government says commissioners,
who can hire and fire chief constables, will make the police
more accountable. I will speak to Mr Hollis in detail after this
report from Phil Connell. He is one of the most experienced policemen
in Britain and the latest two raised concerns about the
controversy over police commissioners. Today, he said
commissioners where untried and untested and called for significant
change at a time when the police force does not need it because it
is doing well. If the person is there on an elected manifesto, it
is where problems could arrive. Of the five people to have expressed
interest in the job, most have done that background and politics. The
concern is that the candidates may be voted them on their political
views rather than their ability to cut crime. The most high-profile
candidate is John Prescott, the former MP and Deputy Prime Minister.
Elections will take place in November. The salary is around
�75,000, but they will have paid responsibilities. He will have set
budgets and priorities and be able to hire and fire chief Constable's.
But ministers say there will be no interference in operational matters.
Some people think it will leave the stronger and more transparent force.
For a I think it will make the police force a lot more accountable.
A they will have to account for the way the spend money and their
performance. Mr Hollis is standing down at at the end of this year,
but says it is a coincidence. Earlier, I spoke to Chief Constable
Tim Hollis. I asked him what his main concerns were about
commissioners? A I do not have a problem with the candidates. I
think they will be good people who will want to do their best for the
police force. 180 years of tradition down into the past - does
the current system not work quite well? Well, it is very hard to
judge these things until you look back on them.
What about the cost? At least �70,000 for the Commissioner and
then all the support staff they wall need? If that justified?
all a question of how it the money is used to focus on improving
policing in Humberside. N o u years of being the chief, how would you
have felt if politicians were telling you how to do your job?
will work in practice is very much down to the personal relationships.
How much is your decision to step down to do with police
commissioners? It would be unfair to say that was a major part. I
will have been it eight years in charge of police and Humberside by
that point. It is a good time to hand over the baton to someone else.
There are changes nationally and locally, so it is time for some
fresh blood and fresh ideas. Now, all an update on a story we brought
you on Friday. Ticketholders and caterers who had paid money to
attend a cancelled music festival in Lincoln have been promised they
will get their money ban. -- money back.
Future Entertainment cancelled plans for the festival at the
Lincolnshire Showground earlier this year, but tickets were still
on sale at the end of last week. Danny Brewster, who says he has
sold the company, has promised to refund the money.
A driver had a lucky escape today after his lorry overturned in
Goole.The accident happened this afternoon near to the river which
runs through the town. The driver was uninjured, but traffic was
disrupted after the load he was carrying fell out of his trailer.
Businesses in Lincoln say the decline of the City football team
is hitting them in the pocket. The Imps, who fell out of the Football
League last season, are now just two points above the Conference
drop zone. On Saturday, fans protested Ed of the match against
Newport over how the club is being run.
Seven years have passed since Lincoln City's glory days, when the
team reached the League Two play- offs twice in three seasons.
Now relegated to the Conference, the Imps sit six places from the
bottom of the Blue Square Premier. Fans chose Saturday's game against
Newport County to call for the chairman to resign -a protest which
was daubed disgraceful by the board. If we have got good going, there is
not going to be any club life. We need to sort it out now. In are the
years I have been coming to watch the team, I have never seen at this
bad. A 2-0 win over Newport was little
consolation to local businesses, who say they are suffering because
of Lincoln City's decline. We when they were doing well in the league,
they could get crowds around the 5,000 mark. But all this there,
with the cows going down, or profits drop.
And a return to League football still looks a long way off. They
have not adjusted well to non- League football and are struggling
with the finances. There are simply not good enough and there is a long
way to goal. The chairman condemned the process the protest, saying
that this was the time for everyone to stick together.
Scunthorpe United hit the bar twice, but had to settle for a draw
Portsmouth to get back in the play- off places, after losing 2-12
Leicester city. -- 2-1. Our passing was a bit sloppy and we simply did
not do enough to win the game. In rugby league, Hull FC are up to
third in the Super League after their fourth straight win. The
Black and Whites beat Castleford yesterday. Hull KR beat second
place Huddersfield at Craven Park. Hull KR stunned Huddersfield with a
dominant second-half performance to end their two-match losing run and
deny the visitors top spot in Super League. The scores were level at
half time 18-18, both sides scoring three tries in the perfect
conditions. After the break though it was a different story and Rovers
ran in four second-half tries from Josh Hodgson, Scott Taylor, Sam
Latus and Mickey Paea. At Castleford, Danny Tickle helped
inspire Hull to their fourth straight victory. Tickle was one of
six try scorers and kicked six goals for the Black and Whites. He
has now scored more than 2,000 points for the club, who are third
Too many tries to show in David's report, but you can see them all on
the Super League Show here on BBC One later this evening.
Thousands of people are recovering from taking part in Sport Relief
events across East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. More than 30 of the
Sport Relief Mile events took place yesterday and helped raise over �50
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We have had a lot of fun and raised money as well. He is "the youngest
and I'll probably the oldest. people of the city always come
together for this. I am really proud of them. Well done to
everyone who took part in the events. We get a lot of people at
in the centre of the city yesterday. Now let us get a recap of the
national and regional headlines. The Prime Minister has admitted
that some of the party's biggest donors have been to private parties
at Number 10 Downing Street. Tomorrow's weather - mist and
patchy fog quickly clearing, then another dry, sunny and very warm
day expected, with a high of 20 Celsius. Now, back to this problem
about illiteracy. If we do not educate youngsters to basic levels,
there is a chance they will turn to crime. Another says, parents are