Jayne Dowle: Time to ban mobile phones from the classroom

I’M not a great fan of banning things. Especially amongst teenagers and particularly at school. Having been a young person myself, I seem to recall that my immediate reaction was to rebel against the decision if something was declared off limits.

Denise Craven (left) speaks to Prince Charles while Julie Crossman (bottom right) speaks to the Duchess of Cornwall during their royal visit to the Sir Robert Ogden Centre.'Credit: HDFT

Harrogate leads UK with new cancer treatment school

Harrogate has become a UK leader with the launch of a new school to teach revolutionary forms of treatment for cancer patients.

Should mobile phones be banned in school to crackdown on naughty behaviour?

The head of Ofsted has thrown her weight behind headteachers who ban mobile phones from their schools in a bid to crackdown on naughty behaviour.

Culture Secretart Matt Hancock says pupils should be banned from using mobile phones at school.

The Yorkshire Post says: Mobile menaces. Should schools ban phones?

EVEN though mobile phones are still a relatively new phenomenon, it seems scarcely believable that this country did manage to function before their invention. Now omnipresent, their convenience does, however, pose some challenges for contemporary society.

Poorer children are less prepared for school, say Action for Children. Picture:: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

MP backs campaign to fight to keep ‘vital’ children’s centres

A South Yorkshire MP has backed a charity’s campaign to fight for the future of “vital” children’s centres, as hubs in her own constituency face the axe as the local authority looks to save half a million pounds.

Faye Smith, 24, with border collie Taff, who have completed a sheepdog training course at Askham Bryan College near York. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.

Yorkshire students show sheepdog handling is still relevant in hi-tech farming world

The march of technology is changing the face of agriculture, making it quicker and easier for farmers to get the job done, so does one of the most traditional agricultural skills around still have a place?

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Call for relaxing of Ofsted inspector regulations

A revision is needed of the school inspector appointment system, a multi-academy trust head has said, warning that some of the finest candidates are deterred from applying to lead schools in economically deprived areas.

Sheepdogs have an important role to play in rural life.

The Yorkshire Post says: Educating students on sheepdog handling skills

OF ALL the sights and sounds of the Yorkshire countryside, none is more evocative of the farmer’s skill than working in partnership with a sheepdog.

Moving to a four-and-a-half day week would give staff more time to develop an "exciting curriculum" for students

The Yorkshire Post says: Better support required for children with special needs

LIFE throws up more than enough challenges for children with special educational needs without their parents having to worry that the support they need at school is being undermined by budget cuts.

Lord Baker: "We're delighted Doncaster UTC has been given the go ahead."

Technical college for ‘coldspot’ Doncaster wins go-ahead

WORLD-CLASS engineering and design skills will be taught at a new college in Doncaster, which will open its doors in 2020, it was announced today.


Deborah McAndrew installed as Chancellor of Leeds Trinity University

An actress who began her career on the cobbles of Coronation Street has been installed as the Chancellor of Leeds Trinity University.

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Moving to a four-and-a-half day week would give staff more time to develop an "exciting curriculum" for students

Call for action over schools funding “crisis” in Yorkshire

Struggling schools in Yorkshire are at crisis point, headteachers have warned, as education leaders gather in the region today to call for immediate action over “crippling” funding cuts.

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Stop starving schools of cash

CHILDREN get only one chance for a good education, and it will be a source of great concern for parents across Yorkshire that school funding cuts potentially jeopardise the futures of their sons and daughters.

Dom Bradley of the Dry Stone Wall Association with pupils from Follifoot School in 2008.

Retro: Thousands of children gathered in Harrogate for Countryside Days show

Thousands of schoolchildren from across the Harrogate District gathered at the Great Yorkshire Showground in June 2008.

Campaigning parents present petitions to senior councillors in Leeds earlier this month as they fight changes to transport policy for young people with disabilities.

Council does a u-turn on plans to cut special needs school transport in Leeds

The city council has today done a u-turn on controversial plans to cut council organised transport to school for disabled and special needs students.


This Leeds University exhibition is a fine art show with a difference

stamp on it, eat it, lick it, kick it: these are the instructions for visitors to the University of Leeds’ BA Fine Art degree show.

Jayne Dowle is in awe of the secondary school education afforded to her son Jack as he prepares to take his final GCSE.

Jayne Dowle: Lessons in life as school years draw to a close

BY the end of this week my oldest child will have left secondary school. His last GCSE exam is on Friday morning. It’s physics, not his strongest subject. When he puts down his pen for the final time in that exam hall, it’s all over.

Pictured is Derby Crown Court.

Community in 'complete shock' over arrest of headteacher charged with child sex offences

Parents of children at a Leeds primary school where a headteacher has been charged with child sex offences have been reassured that the allegations do NOT relate to pupils at the school.

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