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ROUNDUP OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT STORIES IN THE SUNDAY PAPERS

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WEST MERCIA CONSTABLE ACCUSES CLARKE OF SEEKING TO DESTROY HIS FORCE...
WEST MERCIA CONSTABLE ACCUSES CLARKE OF SEEKING TO DESTROY HIS FORCE

The Mail on Sunday carries an article by Paul West, chief constable of West Mercia Police, in which he accuses the Home Secretary Charles Clarke of seeking to destroy his police force (p27).

Mr West argues that the proposed restructuring of the country's police forces into larger 'strategic' forces is dangerously rushed, threatens to undermine the tripartite relationship between chief constables, police authorities and the Home Secretary, and risks making the police less accountable to the public.

FEARS THAT CURRICULUM REVIEW WILL INTRODUCE 'HISTORY LITE'

The Sunday Telegraph reports on fears that a review of 'content heavy' subjects in the secondary school curriculum will lead to pupils being given lessons in 'history lite' (p6).

The review, being conducted by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, is into the teaching in key stage 3 of history, geography, science, design and technology, citizenship, and personal, social and health education.

Education Secretary Ruth Kelly has said the review should ensure that all pupils were able to secure the key concepts in the subjects.

SCHOOLS BUY SKIPPING LESSONS FOR PUPILS

The Mail on Sunday claims schools are paying hundreds of pounds to professional trainers to teach children how to skip (p37).

It profiles a company called Skipping Workshops which goes into schools to teach pupils how to skip safely.

The paper says many schools had banned skipping in the playground because of fears of injury but are now reconsidering in the wake of worsening fitness levels among pupils.

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