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ROUNDUP OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT STORIES FROM SATURDAY'S NATIONAL PRESS

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WREXHAM CBC BACKS FOSTER GIRLS BID TO GO TO GORDONSTOUN ...
WREXHAM CBC BACKS FOSTER GIRLS BID TO GO TO GORDONSTOUN
A teenager in foster care is preparing to take up a place at Gordonstoun public school after Wrexham CBC reversed its decision preventing her being privately educated.
Malcolm Russell, director of personal services for Wrexham CBC, told the The
Daily Telegraph(July 7, p5): 'We have listened very carefully to the strong views expressed by Suzanne and her relatives about her desire to attend Gordonstoun school.'
LAMBETH LEA QUESTIONS TEACHERS ON BUNMI DEATH
Lambeth LEA has announced that there will be an independent inquiryinto the
death of local schoolgirl Bunmi Shagaya on a school trip to France, reported
the Times(July 7, p13).
Teachers have been questioned about the incident. Also see LGCnet'MINISTERS ACCUSED OF INACTION AFTER BUMNI DROWNING'.
On the same page, a barrister specialising in civil negligence has said that
the number of claims against schools has doubled in the last ten years, as
parents avail themselves of the 'compensation culture.'
Jonathan Crystal said: 'Children are more mobile these days and trips
abroad are more common than they were 20 years ago. The activities they
undertake are more adventurous and the inherent risks are greater. There is
no such thing as a fully supervised child.'
The Weekend section of the
Times(July 7, p3) ran a feature on the
increasing risks faced by schools, local authorities, children and teachers
in organised adventure trips.
SURREY CC INCINERATOR PLANS RAISE TEMPERATURE OF P UBLIC OPINION
The TimesWeekend section (July 7, p2) ran a feature on opposition to
proposals before Surrey CC to build rubbish incinerators in Guildford.
The feature examines policies for dealing with waste in Britain, and also
focusses on Wealden DC, which is now recycling 50 per cent of local
household waste.
Dave Glover, head of waste management for Wealden DC said that the council
had always considered rubbish disposal carefully, deciding that exporting
waste out of the area was unacceptable.
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