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Reply from Peter Heaton-Jones MP about significant per pupil under-funding of Devon’s schools. Please make your voice known by emailing him yourself on firstname.lastname@example.org. The background to this is set out here: http://www.aboutbraunton.com/per-pupil-underfunding-of-education-in-devon/.
The following are a note and then a letter from Mr Page, the headmaster of Caen Primary School in Braunton, regarding significant per pupil underfunding compared to other areas of the country. He has encouraged parents to contact our MP about this issue. Our MP is Peter Heaton-Jones and his email address is email@example.com. Please forward this to anyone else who might be affected in Devon.
Note from Mr Page in school newsletter
I went to the Devon Association of Primary Head Teachers (DAPH) Spring briefing on Tuesday and a key message they are trying to get out, along with Devon County Council, is about school funding. A school’s budget is set by the number of pupils it has and different authorities are funded in different ways. DAPH have calculated that if Caen was just transplanted to Cornwall our budget would be over £130,000 greater, if in Westminster it would be more than £300,000 greater and if in Hackney (London) it would be more than £490,000 greater. These differences are huge and DAPH are trying to bring this to the attention of our county’s MPs. I have attached the letter that DAPH are sending out and schools are encouraging parents to write to their MPs and I have already done so as Head Teacher. We expect our schools to get our children to the same point and help all of our children to have the educational foundations to succeed and we all contribute to the funding of our schools so why shouldn’t a school in Devon have the same proportion of funding for its pupils than one in London? If you are writing to our MP (Peter Heaton-Jones) please do let me know.
Letter from Mr Page
National Funding Formula – Headteachers’ response
As you are aware, we have campaigned for much improved funding for our schools for a sustained period of time.
In September 2017 the government announced its new National Funding Formula. Consequently, the Department for Education reduced the amount that it had originally planned to take from school budgets by £1.3 billion (2015-2020) and confirmed new formula arrangements for how schools would be funded from April 2018.
Headteachers have looked in detail at the Department for Education’s own funding information and statistics and have concluded that the new arrangements fall well short of what was promised.
The attached documentation shows how schools in Devon are being treated under the new formula. Despite promises to the contrary, your child’s education is still worth less than that of many others. It is acknowledged that factors such as deprivation, mean that schools should be funded differently, but the disparities that will still be in place for the next financial year 2018-19 (and beyond) are impossible to regard as being satisfactory in any way.
Some basic headlines – again using the Department for Education’s own statistics – confirm the following:
- Pupilsin Devon will receive around £30 million less than the same number of pupils in the average funded authority, £139 million less than the same number of pupils in Westminster and £212 million less than those in Hackney.
- Primary school example, taking a school in Exeter and comparing it with a similar sized school in similar catchment index area in Hackney the school would receive an additional £160 per pupil, on top of the £148 per pupil we have been allocated in the NFF. This excludes the London weighting.
- Secondary school example, taking a school in North Devon and comparing it with a similar sized school in similar catchment index area in Hackney the school would receive an additional £588 per pupil. This again excludes the London weighting.
The attached fact sheet provides examples across a range of Devon secondary schools, which clearly demonstrates how your child’s education is being penalised by the proposed new formula. The same percentage differences are also apparent in our primary and special schools.
To give an idea of how badly children in Devon schools are being funded, when compared to other areas, we can confirm that, an additional £1 million of funding can purchase the following:
- 34 teachers at an average salary (including on costs) of £30,000
- 63 teaching assistants at an average salary (including on costs) of £16,000
- 2000 computers at an average cost of £500
- 40,000 text books at an average cost of £25
Additional funding could also be spent on a range of other crucial resources and support staff in areas such as Special Educational Needs and Disability, counselling services and intervention work for students across the ability range.
For over two years, Headteachers have run a relentlessly reasonable campaign requesting a fair deal for the children in our schools. We have absolutely no desire to see schools in other parts of the country have a reduction in their funding, but we cannot accept that the children that we educate are treated so unfairly.
At times, our resources and that of the Local Authority are so stretched that we worry about carrying out the most basic duty – that of maintaining the best possible welfare provision – to the levels to that all schools should be able to.
Some schools are even resorting to asking for parental contributions to supplement our beleaguered budgets. This is entirely unacceptable.
Headteachers in thousands of other low funded areas of England, are all stating the same facts. We are delighted that a cross party group of councillors from Devon are also continuing to support our campaign so clearly. On 16th January 2018, councillors and representatives of headteachers from Devon primary and secondary schools met with MPs to highlight the issue of school funding once again. The proposed new formula is “not fit for purpose”
In November, representative Headteachers from 5,000 schools across 25 counties, petitioned the chancellor directly. The response was both superficial and inadequate. We now need every parent to step up alongside their child’s school and insist that matters must improve.
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The police forces of any country have both rights and obligations when coming into contact with individuals. The same principle is available for individuals accused of various offences or stopped on the street for a routine check. While routine checks usually imply a verification of the identification papers, the suspicion of someone committing a more or less serious offence implies being escorted to the police station.
For individuals taken into police custody in the UK, the Prison Act of 1952 establishes the rights of detainees from the moment they enter the police station and up to the end of the detention period. These rights also cover the questioning sessions at the police station. Also, some of the rights enumerated in the Prison Act cover the families of those detained.
An individual’s rights when arriving at the police station
Contrary to many believes, once arrived at the police station, an individual must first be processed by the officers. In the UK, this procedure is referred to as allocation. This means having an interview with one of the police officers where the rules, procedures and the rights of the detained person are explained. The police must also notify the offender about their right to receiving legal assistance. However, this process is not part of the questioning process.
During the allocation process, the detainee will be searched for any dangerous products and their personal belongings will be confiscated and assigned to a special box, called account. These items will remain here until the detainee is released.
Among the first rights one is entitled to when arriving at the police station are calling a defence lawyer and announcing one’s family.
What happens after being allocated?
After being processed, the detainee will be taken to a cell where he or she will await being questioned. This is called being held into custody and it also comes with certain rights. Among these rights, the most important ones refer to benefiting from free legal advice if one cannot afford a lawyer and receiving medical assistance, if needed. These rights must also be explained in writing. Usually, a notice will be handed to the offender.
The UK is also known for having its share of troubled young individuals committing less serious offences. By young we mean individuals under the age of 18. In their case, the police must notify the parent or the legal guardians about the children being held into police custody.
Soliciting legal advice while in prison in the UK
Individuals detained in a UK police station have three possibilities of obtaining legal advice while in custody and before being questioned. These are:
- requesting assistance from the police station’s solicitor who is available 24 hours a day;
- asking for free legal advice, case in which the police must contact Defence Solicitor Call Centre;
- calling one’s own lawyer.
The longest period one can stay without receiving legal assistance is 36 hours.
The questioning session
The first thing to know when taken for questioning is that once the detainee has asked for legal advice, the police cannot question him/her in the absence of a criminal lawyer in London. Even in the presence of the solicitor, the offender will have the right to not say anything about the charges being brought to him/her, however, he/she may face certain consequences.
The police must explain them this right, however, they must also warn the detainee of the fact that not saying anything will harm their case when questioned during a trial. Also, the questioning must be recorded.
An important aspect to keep in mind is that during questioning, witnesses will benefit from the same rights without the part of being held into custody.
So, when held for questioning, no one says cooperation with the police staff is not a good thing, however, the presence of a defence lawyer is always the best course to follow.
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Did you know that as of 2017, around 6,000 people are employed in tourism related industries in Luton? These employees are working in travel agencies, restaurants, bars, hotels, libraries, and sports and recreational facilities. The numbers can be well understood by the fact that in 2009, approximately 113,000 visits to Luton were made by overseas tourists, according to LoveLuton.org.uk, with the number of visitors only increasing since then.
Other than the exciting tourist destinations Luton has to offer, the Luton Carnival is also a great crowd puller, being the town’s most popular multicultural event. It is one of the main reasons that attract tourists to this town. A creative and cultural extravaganza, this carnival includes dance, music, spectacular costumes, performance and pageantry. An expression of the British culture, the Luton Carnival is something that should be seen at least once in your lifetime, says a spokesperson from Holiday Inn Luton South, a hotel that offers world class accommodation in Luton, near the airport.
The Luton Carnival
The Luton International Carnival is one of the greatest one-day carnivals in Europe, being held on the streets around Wardown Park, since 1976. The carnival features a spectacular parade, with participants and street dancers in amazing costumes. The parade circles the park and passes the judging point on Old Bedford Road. Other than the colourful parade, revellers can enjoy the festive atmosphere created by the mesmerizing craft, heart thumping music and food stalls selling delectable dishes.
This makes the best time to visit this town on the last May Spring bank holiday, which is when the carnival is held.
The Luton Carnival has always featured local and international artists, who take this cultural event to an altogether different level. In 2016, the carnival featured Rhythms of the City, the UK’s #1 touring Samba band, international Reggae sensation Peter Hunningale, and folk music from local singer, Teela2u, and Soca star, Scrappy, The Heritage Survival Band performed Afro-Jazz, and local five-piece rock band, Charlie Indestructible, performed blistering riffs too.
In 2017, the audience enjoyed fairground rides, one of three sound sites and experience the Health and Well-Being Zone, in addition to the parade.
Health and Well Being Zone
The Health and Well Being Zone became part of the Luton Carnival in 2016. This zone comprises 19 local health and wellbeing organisations. It features a community stage, various food stalls and, to top of all, an amazing festive atmosphere. What makes the Health and Well Being Zone highly attractive is that all the activities within this zone can be enjoyed for free. Revellers get to enjoy drumming, jamming and song writing at 24 music stalls, football, Zumba, body blitz and tug of war, face painting, and giant children’s games. To promote mental health, the ELFT Mental Health Trust arranges talks for carnival revellers.
The Luton International Carnival is a great opportunity to spend fun times with the family. Make sure you book accommodation well in time in one of the hotels near Luton Airport that offers parking.
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Choosing a dentist in Whitefield, Bury is an important decision. Each person has unique requirements for a dental office. Some want a family oriented office that provides basic dental care, such as cleanings and fillings. Others want a practice that offers treatments in several areas of dentistry, including restorations and cosmetic treatments. A good place to start is by deciding what is most important for you and looking for an office that offers what you need.
Check the qualifications and experience of the dentist when making this important decision. Where did the dentist go to school? How long has he or she been in practice? You want a dentist with the right training and experience to provide the services you need. For example, if you need dental implants, porcelain veneers, or braces, make sure the dentist has training in those areas.
Dentistry is always changing, technologies are improving, and new treatment methods are being developed all the time. You want a dentist who stays up to date on the latest advances and new treatment methods to receive the best possible care. Look for a dentist who participates in continuing education on a regular basis.
Consider the Services Provided at the Office
Check on the services offered by the Whitefield, Bury dentist you are considering using for your dental care. Do you need only routine dental care? Are you interested in cosmetic treatments or restorations? Is it important for you to have the care you need provided in one office? Not all dentists offer general dentistry, restorative treatments, and cosmetic dentistry treatments.
Modern dentistry offers more options than ever for restoring damaged teeth and improving your smile. If you have broken teeth, chipped, cracked, missing, or discoloured teeth, treatments are available to restore the function and appearance of the teeth. In this case, look for a dentist offering dental implants, porcelain veneers, braces, or any other treatments you may require, so you can have your needs met in one place.
The experiences of other patients can help you know what to expect when you visit a particular dentist. Many people ask for referrals from friends and family when selecting a dentist or get referrals from existing patients. It can be very helpful to learn what other patients have to say about the quality of care they have gotten from that dentist.
Before and after pictures often allow you to see the differences in patients’ teeth after having treatments at a dentist’s office. These can often be found on the dental practice’s website. Check to see how the patients looked before compared with after treatment to see the results other patients have gotten from that dentist.
While research can tell you a lot about a Manchester dentist, you won’t really know if it is a good fit until you visit the office. Even before you arrive, you can tell quite a bit about the atmosphere of the practice when you call to schedule an appointment. Is the office staff friendly on the telephone? Are they able to accommodate your schedule when making an appointment? At The Smile Centre in Whitefield, Bury, patients receive the best care from highly qualified and caring dental professionals.
THE BAREFOOT BALL 2017.
SATURDAY 3RD JUNE 2017. 6PM – 12AM
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A year on from our first ever Barefoot Ball & we are thrilled to invite you to our second! A unique summer event THE BAREFOOT BALL 2017 arrives at brand new location Seasalt Meadow, Combas Farm, Croyde, EX33 1PH on Saturday 3rd June 2017
This laid back bohemian inspired Summer Ball is set against a mesmerising & exclusive coastal backdrop … Relax & unwind on arrival to our Chilled Ibiza Sessions with a drink in hand from one of our fabulous Pop up bars; Cocktails & Gin, Bubbles Bar, Ale & Cider then take your seat at our feasting tables ready for a sumptuous 3 Course Seadog Boho Banquet afterwards find yourself dancing the night away @ our Balearic Beats Dance Party ft. Aldo Vanucci….. all whilst watching the sunset on the Horizon …
~ENJOY FEASTING, DRINKING & DANCING THE NIGHT AWAY ~
6.00pm Chilled Ibiza Sessions – Aldo Vanucci
7.30pm 3 Course Feasting at Banqueting Tables – by local Award Winning Food creatives Seadog
9.30pm Balearic Beats After Party – Aldo Vanucci
Midnight And so to bed
£39.50* p/head to include 3 Course Feast & Entertainment
*plus Eventbrite Booking fee
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The human body goes through a series of changes as it ages. Many people see a decline in energy and an increased propensity of weight gain. Age can be a difficult and stressful thing to maneuver that can leave you asking yourself “what can I do to make myself healthier and reduce my stress.” Thankfully this guide is here to give you some practical and real world tips to help keep you as healthy as possible as you age.
- Joining a Gym Can Be a Great Way to Stay in Shape
- If you have a few extra pounds on your frame, you may want to consider joining a gym. Running on the treadmill and lifting weights is a great way to get back in shape and make sure you have the proper health for middle age.
- Local gyms are a great place to go to get in shape but can be costly. if you are on a budget, you might consider the Groupon Coupons page for 24 Hour Fitness. Like its name implies 24-hour fitness is open every day of the week all day long to help cater to people with unorthodox schedules.
- Getting a Fitness Tracker Can Be a Great Way to Get Back in Shape
- If you do a lot of cardio or even just walking, you may want to consider getting a fitness tracker. These handy devices clip to a belt buckle or can be worn on your wrist and track how many steps you take on a daily basis. It also tracks heart rate, distance, time.
- Some of these devices even store music in case you wish to listen to your favorite tunes while you pound out a run.
- They are small and lightweight. Set a goal for yourself of how many steps you want to make on any given day and make it. You will be surprised how much your health will improve from this helpful device. Consider this option the next time you are looking to improve your health.
Improving and maintaining health is important for everybody as we age, however, it doesn’t mean that we have to leave it until the last minute to start. Take these tips in mind and start your journey towards a new and healthy lifestyle, today!
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