24/06/2014 Look North (East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire)


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Good evening. Teachers have been giving evidence to MPs in Hull

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on the effectiveness of academies to improve school standards.

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The government wants more primary schools to become academies,

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where heads are given greatdr control over staffing

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and what is taught but crithcs say it is no guarantee of stccess.

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More from our political editor, Tim Iredale.

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Recent years have seen crumbling classrooms turned into shinx new

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schools thanks in large part to the extra money that has been sdcured

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Today members of the Educathon Select Committee left their usual

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surroundings at Westminster to come here to Sirius Academy in Htll.

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They are on a mission to find out whether the academies progr`mme

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works as well for primary schools as it does secondary schools.

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What Hull has shown with ne`rly half its primary schools becoming

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academies is as long as thex work together in groups, then thdy can

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create the kind of scale th`t makes sense of being an academy.

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As an academy you are responsible for more things.

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If the local authority takes care of those things for you.

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Academies are free from local authority control.

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They have the power to choose their own curriculum and the abilhty

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Heads can also change the ldngths of terms and school days.

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But one teacher told the Colmittee she had concerns about more

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One of the things I teach, as a primary teacher,

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is our maritime history and we do Amy Johnson and we

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talk about, you know, the local characteristics of being in Hull.

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The people in Hull that makd us proud. I don't want to be p`rt

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of an academy which is buying a curriculum from America.

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That's nothing to do with the children of Hull and nothing

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The Committee's final report on academies will be published

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Hazel Danson is from the National Union of Teachers.

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I asked her if recent good results proved academies are working?

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There are good local authority schools

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There are also equal measurds of less successful schools

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But they have been very effective, haven't they,

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Michael Gove says they have driven up standards?

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In fact, if you look at the city challenge,

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which was far cheaper in terms of good sustainable school improvement,

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that actually been more successful than the academies programmd.

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What you have here are schools as islands and as the piece said

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itself, you don't get good school improvement across an area

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That's best done under the local authority.

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In a word, were academies a step forward

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It's an ideological programle without the evidence to back it up.

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Hazel Danson from the National Union of Teachers

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Fire officers have praised the work of the emergency services after

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It happened as maintenance work was being carried out on a gas main

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Nearby homes were evacuated and roads in the area are expected

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to remain closed until after tomorrow's rush hour.

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As you can see the amount of dust that was blown about.

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The clear`up for residents after a gas mains explosion sent

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It left one man working at the site injured and forced

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This was round about 11:15 time and we've got in the house an hour ago.

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Fortunately my daughter camd and picked us up but we had no news

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Earlier workers had been dohng maintenance work

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in a two`metre pit when an dxplosion caused a man to become trapped.

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It meant a dangerous rescue operation from the Fire Service

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Very reduced visibility for our crews to work in,

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It's a very complex, confindd rescue that the crews had to deal with

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The man was airlifted to hospital with a broken leg but

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in a stable condition and, as a precaution, the initial

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25`metre cordon was extended to 400 metres in the early aftdrnoon,

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which meant a large evacuathon, including nearby schools.

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I got the phone call as I was leaving work and then wd

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It's best to be safe than sorry isn't it?

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Others had to go to the Pods leisure centre.

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Elsewhere, the traffic was brought to a standstill though, by 3:30pm,

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the main had been made safe, bringing to a close an afternoon

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Tonight, one man remains in hospital and overnight works will

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continue here, resuming at 8am and affecting rush hour.

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In the meantime, the police and the Health and Safety Executive

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are trying to find out exactly what happened here.

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Two people, arrested after the body of a newborn baby was found in Hull,

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have been released on unconditional bail.

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The baby girl was found on Saturday evening close to a cycle path.

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A postmortem examination has confirmed there were

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Councillors in East Yorkshire say the government must do lore

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to protect the area from future flooding.

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At a meeting today, East Riding of Yorkshire Council

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said cutbacks at the Environment Agency prevented

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it from doing its job properly and put the area at risk.

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The Environment Agency is underfunded by government for the

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There is a huge, huge econolic risk for the East Riding

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and Hull, as well, if the protection is not put in place.

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Lincoln's historic Magna Carta has been flown to America as part

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of celebrations for its 800th anniversary.

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The manuscript is seen as the basis for parts of the

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While overseas it will be painstakingly protected frol heat,

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daylight and humidity and even given an armed guard.

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Here's Paul Hudson with the forecast.

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It looks like tomorrow will be a mostly fine day with some stnshine.

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There will be quite a lot of cloud at times.

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By the end of the week, Friday into the weekend, we will see

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quite a high risk of rain spreading from the south`west and a rhsk

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of an isolated shower as we head through the overnight period.

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Most of us will be dry and quite chilly, rurally.

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Tomorrow an isolated shower is possible.

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Most of us will be fine and dry variable amounts of cloud, but there

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will be some decent, sunny breaks. A light north or north`east breeze.

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We are looking at top temperatures around 17 degrdes.

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Fine again on Thursday but ` risk of rain spreading

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from the south`west, Friday. That's the forecast.

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We are back at 6:25 tomorrow. Hope you can join us then.

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with the summary. Turning more unsettled as we head towards the

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Good evening. After what has been a glorious few weeks of summer

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sunshine for many of us, things are about to change over the next 2

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hours. We are seeing the change marked by the weather front on the

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satellite image. To the south of that, 25 degrees, in Bournemouth for

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instance, but in the north and east, cooler, fresher air. That sets the

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scene for tomorrow. A cooler day. We will have hazy sunshine on offer,

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although cloudier skies than we have been used it over the past week

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Tonight we have thicker cloud bringing more two spots of drizzly

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rain for some southern areas. Many parts dry, but we have the rain

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heading in

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