Row over fate of pupil who took blade to Long Stratton High School in resolved
07:00 12 March 2016
Long Stratton High School. Photo: Nick Butcher
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A row which pitted high school staff against governors over the future of a boy who brought a blade into school has been resolved.
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Staff at Long Stratton High School had considered industrial action after governors overturned the headteacher s decision to expel the pupil.
The EDP understands that the boy was found with what police described as a bladed article in a hollowed-out book on the school s premises in November. Headteacher John Wilson permanently excluded him, but the school s governors reversed this decision. Police later handed him a youth conditional caution.
In December, staff at the school, supported by the NUT, NASUWT, ATL and Unison unions, wrote a letter to governors complaining about their decision. It said: Our primary concern is how a team of governors with little teaching experience can overrule the entire senior leadership team of the school. Earlier this term, unions started a formal consultation with their members over possible industrial action over the boy remaining at the high school.
However, it has now emerged the dispute has been resolved, and the threat of action lifted, after the boy left the school, and moved to another. In a statement, Long Stratton High School said: We are pleased that the issue has now been resolved. The whole school community has worked together to reach a resolution and the pupil is now being taught at another school.
The safety and wellbeing of our pupils has always been our top priority and will continue to be so. Everyone wants to move on from the unfortunate situation which has taken place and focus on providing a positive learning environment for our pupils. Scott Lyons, joint division secretary for Norfolk NUT, said: I hope that governors in the future will take seriously teachers and parents views on knives in school.
I think governors have got to communicate closely with teachers and get their opinions on something as non-negotiable as knives in school.
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17:51 11 March 2016
Norman Hart, chairman of Harleston s Future, being run over by Carol Wiles to promote the road safety resolution
A road safety campaign in Harleston has issued its latest warning to residents and motorists by reminding them about the dangers of reversing cars.
Harleston s Future and the town s police force have teamed up to help drive forward a community resolution to make streets safer for everyone.
In January Harleston s Future launched a new year resolution looking at community issues, starting with road safety.
And now the latest part of the Think For Each Other Community New Year s Resolution had been unveiled as Harleston s Future has teamed-up with the police to take the spirit of the resolution through the rest of year.
The new year launch was followed in February by the first general message, Pedestrians Think for Drivers Drivers think for Pedestrians .
And now the resolution is highlighting the dangers of people trying to beat reversing cars by nipping across behind them, especially in car parks.
To show the dangers of walking behind reversing cars a mock accident was created with Norman Hart, chairman of Harleston s Future, being run over by Carol Wiles.
Mr Hart said the mock accident was designed to emphasise just how hard it is for drivers going backwards, especially in car parks, if pedestrians and other drivers nip behind them at the last minute.
He said: In tight spaces, it s very important to be patient and give drivers room to complete their manoeuvre.
PC Jim Squires, beat manager for Harleston police, has given his seal of approval to the campaign.
He said: When a vehicle is reversing people should wait as the driver has a lot to look out for.
Thinking about the other person s position goes a long way to make our streets safer and a more friendly and pleasant experience.
Harleston s Future is a community group concerned with the social, economic and environmental well-being of the town and its community.
It launched its original resolution message to coincide with the New Year s Eve celebrations in Sydney.
Schoolboy suffers injuries after being jumped on by dog in Old Catton
12:42 11 March 2016
A nine-year-old schoolboy suffered scratches and a cut to his knee after a dog jumped on him as he walked home.
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Police are now investigating the incident, which happened on Gayton Walk, in Old Catton, Norwich, at around 3.15pm on Thursday, March 3. A man, thought to be in his 60s or 70s, had been walking a large brown dog on a lead when it jumped on the boy as they passed each other. Police said the animal scratched the boy s back, causing him to fall over and cut his knee.
Officers are keen to trace the dog walker.