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Policy paper: College oversight: support and intervention

Department For Education News Feed - Mon, 10/26/2020 - 11:03
This policy sets out how the government will support and intervene to improve financial resilience and quality in colleges.
Categories: Education

Guidance: Example lessons for remote teaching

Department For Education News Feed - Mon, 10/26/2020 - 11:01
Lesson plans shared by schools to help teachers adapt their practice for remote education following the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Categories: Education

Research and analysis: How early years providers support children

Department For Education News Feed - Mon, 10/26/2020 - 11:00
Research into how early years providers support disadvantaged children, children with SEND, the home learning environment and healthy eating.
Categories: Education

Supermarket staff threatened with a knife

Nottinghamshire Police News - Mon, 10/26/2020 - 11:00
Supermarket staff have been threatened with a knife after they challenged a suspected shoplifter.
Categories: Nottinghamshire

Research and analysis: Occupancy and staff ratios at early years providers

Department For Education News Feed - Mon, 10/26/2020 - 10:59
Research into occupancy, spare capacity and staff ratios for early years providers.
Categories: Education

Research and analysis: Providers’ finances: survey of childcare and EY providers 2019

Department For Education News Feed - Mon, 10/26/2020 - 10:58
Research into early years provider finances based on survey data from 2019.
Categories: Education

High demand for Cornwall Council’s planning services

Cornwall Council News feed - Mon, 10/26/2020 - 10:58

Residents, planning agents and those buying homes in Cornwall are asked to be patient as the Council’s planning service experiences high demand. 

The Planning and Sustainable Development service has continued to operate throughout the challenges of this year as the coronavirus pandemic impacts everyone’s lives, but it has had to adapt the way in which it works – all while dealing with an unusually high level of enquiries. 

Between April 2018 and March 2019 the planning service received an average of 4,666 emails each month – 233 per day. 

By comparison, between February 2020 and August 2020 it has averaged 6,000 emails a month – 300 per day. 

Enforcement complaints, where residents get in touch with the Council about a potential breach of planning permission, are currently 30 per cent higher compared to this time last year. 

September 2020’s Land Charges searches, which are required by solicitors as part of the home-buying process, were double what they were in September 2019. 

Louise Wood, Service Director for Planning & Sustainable Development at Cornwall Council, said: “We had to respond quickly to bring forward new ways of working. Many of our staff are now working remotely in line with government guidance, and will continue to do so as the situation changes.  

“However, we are experiencing an unusually high volume of enquiries, which is impacting on our response times, and we ask that people please bear with us.” 

Coronavirus restrictions mean it is not possible to discuss planning matters at council offices, but the team can be contacted via or on 0300 1234 151. 

Planning applications continue to be determined and site visits are still being carried out in a Covid-secure way if virtual options for assessment have been exhausted. 

Cornwall Council’s Portfolio Holder for Planning, Tim Dwelly, said: “We will not delay our decision-making unnecessarily. 

“Our planning officers are dealing with a significant increase in the volume of general planning enquiries, which can result in delays with validating applications.  

“They are working hard to manage this.” 

The Council is still determining 87 per cent of applications within agreed timescales, which is consistent with its performance prior to the pandemic.  

However, remote working means that the Council is currently unable to accept hard copy planning applications. 

Applications can be submitted online via the Planning Portal or by emailing planning   

Categories: Cornwall

Research and analysis: Survey of childcare and early years providers and COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Department For Education News Feed - Mon, 10/26/2020 - 10:58
Research with childcare providers in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Categories: Education

Amesbury Novichok poisoning flat to be demolished

Wiltshire BBC News Feed - Mon, 10/26/2020 - 10:57
Demolition starts at the flat where Dawn Sturgess was fatally exposed to the nerve agent.
Categories: Wiltshire

British Airways 747 to become museum and cinema

BBC Gloucestershire - Mon, 10/26/2020 - 10:47
The grounded British Airways jumbo jet is being given a new lease of life at Cotswold Airport.
Categories: Gloucestershire

Action to help prevent vulnerable young people from becoming homeless

Education Dept News - Mon, 10/26/2020 - 10:16
New guidance for councils has been published to help ensure care leavers have the stable homes they need, and prevent them from becoming homeless.
Categories: Education

Action to help prevent vulnerable young people from becoming homeless

Department For Education News Feed - Mon, 10/26/2020 - 10:16
New guidance for councils has been published to help ensure care leavers have the stable homes they need, and prevent them from becoming homeless.
Categories: Education

Guidance: Joint housing protocols for care leavers

Department For Education News Feed - Mon, 10/26/2020 - 10:16
Good practice advice to support local authorities to meet the accommodation needs of care leavers.
Categories: Education

Tram risk audit at time of Croydon crash never revealed to TfL safety panel

City of London News Stream by Cityam - Mon, 10/26/2020 - 10:14

The Croydon tram network was undergoing a safety audit at the time of the fatal Sandilands crash in 2016 – a fact not revealed to the chair of TfL’s safety panel at the time.

The former board member, tasked with overseeing investigations into the disaster, described the failure to inform him as “beyond shocking.”

Over the weekend it emerged that TfL had opened an investigation into operational risk at Trams Operations Limited (TOL) – a subsidiary of First Group – three weeks before the accident.

The incident killed seven passengers, the most deadly rail crash of the decade.

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A draft copy of the audit, obtained by City A.M., shows that fieldwork for the probe was completed on 15 November, six days after the crash occurred. 

The initial findings were due to be released on 22 November, but never emerged.

At the time of the crash, Michael Liebreich was the chair of TfL’s Safety, Sustainability and HR Panel, and led the board’s oversight of the crash until July 2018.

He told City A.M.: “At no point was the fact that TfL were safety-auditing First Group’s tram operation at the time of the crash brought to our attention. The Audit and Assurance Committee of the board were never told about the part-completed audit.

“I find it beyond shocking to discover, nearly four years later, that TfL was undertaking a safety audit of the Croydon Tram at the exact time of the Sandilands crash.”

The draft audit first came to light when it was spotted by Tom Kearney, a campaigner for transport safety, in documents released in response to a Mayoral question by Liberal Democrat Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon.

Private Eye first reported the existence of the draft audit, which concluded that safety issues are “adequately controlled”, the second highest ranking. 

The draft report makes no mention of the Sandilands crash, even though it took place while the investigation was ongoing. 

Pidgeon told City A.M.: “It has taken consistent questioning and the use of freedom of information requests over the last four years by Assembly Members, campaigners and investigative journalists to simply ensure that we know what we do today.

“However questions still remain unanswered and I look forward to the Croydon tram inquest resuming as soon as possible to finally ensure that on such a vital issue as ensuring future passenger safety that no stone is left unturned.”

Audit ‘cancelled’ after incident

Later emails between TfL staff, seen by City A.M., confirmed that the audit had been “cancelled” in light of the incident.

The incident was the first time since 1959 that people had died in a tram accident in the UK. 62 people were also injured, 19 of whom seriously. 

An inquest into the deaths was due to begin last week but has been postponed due to the change in coronavirus precautions.

A report from the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB), released in December 2017, found that driver error was the cause of the accident.

It found that the most likely scenario was that the driver had a “microsleep” episode approaching the bend.

A prior audit into TOL, conducted in 2014, found that arrangements for the management of operator fitness for duty, fatigue, drug and alcohol testing and monitoring, were “well controlled”.

The scope of the suppressed audit showed that investigators were looking into the issue of fatigue management for safety critical workers, in line with the Railways and Other Guided Transport Systems (Safety) Regulations 2006 (ROGS).

A subsequent audit into fatigue management across TOL’s operations was carried out in the aftermath of the crash and made a number of suggestions for improvement.

Liebreich added: “This is just the latest in a series of failures by First Group and TfL to release information about fatigue on the Croydon Tram before and after the crash: documents not being provided to the police, documents being released with pages missing, documents RAIB doesn’t seem to have obtained, and so on. It is very troubling indeed.”

A TfL spokesperson said: “We were carrying out an audit of ‘Trams Management of Operational Risk’ but this work was not concluded because it was superseded by the urgent investigation into the Sandilands tragedy. The RAIB was informed of the uncompleted audit.”

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Categories: City of London

Lowther Estate: Beavers released as part of five-year trial

Cumbria BBC News Feed - Mon, 10/26/2020 - 10:08
The two adult beavers are released into a 27-acre enclosure in Cumbria.
Categories: Cumbria

Ahmed Hegazi: West Brom defender joins Al-Ittihad on loan before permanent deal

BBC Birmingham News Feeds - Mon, 10/26/2020 - 09:27
Ahmed Hegazi joins Al-Ittihad on loan from West Brom until the end of the season, when he will sign a permanent deal with the Saudi club.
Categories: Birmingham

A new campaign is launched to tackle exploitation in Cornwall

Cornwall Council News feed - Mon, 10/26/2020 - 09:14

Every month across the UK over six hundred young people are safeguarded from exploitation, according to figures from the National Crime Agency.  Children and young adults in Cornwall are not immune to this and we need to increase public awareness of the signs and indicators.

Today sees the launch of CETHESIGNS, a new campaign from Our Safeguarding Children Partnership and Safeguarding Adults Board, aimed at raising awareness of the dangers of child sexual exploitation and child criminal exploitation across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Chair of Our Safeguarding Children Partnership, John Clements, said: “The exploitation of children and young adults is often a hidden crime and takes many different forms.  Regardless of what form it takes, the risks that children face at the hands of the perpetrators is very real and it must be stopped.

“Our aim is that this campaign will help friends, family or members of the general public to understand what the signs are and how they can help us to protect the children and young people of Cornwall.”

Tackling the exploitation of children and young adults across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly is a shared priority of Cornwall Council, Our Safeguarding Children Partnership, Safer Cornwall, the Safeguarding Adults Board and other agencies.

One of the key points of this campaign is that exploited children and young people might not always ‘look’ vulnerable, or ‘act’ like victims, but there are some signs to look out for that can suggest things aren’t right.

Cabinet Member for Children, Public Health and Well Being at Cornwall Council, Sally Hawken added: “The important thing to remember is exploitation can take place anywhere and it can take many forms; sexual, criminal or modern slavery. It doesn’t matter if you work with children, drive a bus, work in a hotel or serve fast food, we want you to know the signs.

“We know that when we are aware of cases of exploitation, we are quick to act. However, we need members of the public to help us to identify those situations we are not aware of and that’s why knowing the signs can make an enormous difference.”

Children and young adults in Cornwall are not immune to exploitation and this campaign has been designed to increase public awareness of the signs and indicators. This body of work links into the new three-year Cornwall Exploitation Strategy from 2020-2023 for children and young adults aged up to 25.

John concluded: “We must work together to stop child exploitation. We do this by learning the signs and reporting anything that doesn’t seem right. It doesn’t matter if you’re not completely certain. Anything that you tell us could be vital in helping to keep children and young adults safe from exploitation.”

You can find more information on the campaign by visiting the Our Safeguarding Partnership website. Here, you will also find a host of campaign resources.  

Categories: Cornwall

Do you recognise this man?

Nottinghamshire Police News - Mon, 10/26/2020 - 09:06
CCTV images have been released following a theft from a medical school
Categories: Nottinghamshire

Fantastic beasts in the real world and where to find them

BBC London News Feed - Mon, 10/26/2020 - 09:04
London's Natural History Museum is set to stage one of the most ambitious exhibitions in its history.

Derek Chisora warns Oleksandr Usyk as pair prepare for Wembley Arena bout

BBC London News Feed - Mon, 10/26/2020 - 06:56
Derek Chisora says Oleksandr Usyk will "get the fright of his life" when they meet in a highly anticipated bout on Saturday.