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mw ' the others who helped him escape and they are believed to be armed. they say walmsley is also dangerous and should not be approached. that is the latest, more on that developing story this evening as it comes in to us. mps are calling on the government to take urgent steps to address what they call "significant teacher shortages" in england, particularly in maths and science. figures last year showed that almost a third of new teachers who had started jobs in english state schools in 2010 had left within five years. the education select committee has called on the government to find ways of making teaching more attractive and to stop people leaving the profession. let's talk now to malcolm trobe, interim general secretary of the association of school and college leaders, he joins us from leicester. what can be done to address this really worrying, alarming shortage of teachers in maths and science, some of the subjects that we really
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need children to be good at if we are to prosper long term as an economy. yes, we are looking very much for the education department to put out a strategy which will encourage people to enter teaching and also to retain teachers. one of the difficulties at the moment is we are not actually recruiting enough, we do not have enough places in initial teacher training we believe to get the number of teachers we need coming into the profession. so we need to look at the modelling to ensure that we are actually providing sufficient places. we also then need to make the roads into teaching and the ways of applying to come into teaching straightforward. why then the shortage in particular in these subjects, things like physics, mathematics and so on? quite simply we have had a shortfall
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in the subjects for several years and we have never been able to fill up and we have never been able to fill up that shortfall. and in fact, if we recruit every single graduate in physics and maths for the next three orfour physics and maths for the next three or four years physics and maths for the next three orfour years we physics and maths for the next three or four years we would still have a shortfall in those specialist subjects. so it is important that we address the issues in providing those places but also getting direct links with universities so that we are encouraging people in no subject areas to come into teaching. we have got to show what a great job areas to come into teaching. we have got to show what a greatjob it is to come into and become a teacher. it is very rewarding as a profession. but we have got to address issues like the salary. because in teaching they have fallen significantly behind other graduate professions at the moment. so it is about training, salary, is it also about training, salary, is it also about the hours that teachers are expected to work and the workload? yes, we know that teachers have
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a lwa ys yes, we know that teachers have always worked hard but we know at the moment the workload is extensive. we have had changes in the curriculum, in assessment and qualifications right across from year one qualifications right across from yearone in qualifications right across from year one in primary schools right the way through to a level. it all happened at the same time and so the workload at the moment is intense. although there are significant funding cuts in education and one consequence of that is that teachers will inevitably be teaching larger classes and that means an increase in marking. so there are pressures there. that we need to be addressed. but we are looking at ways in which we can entice people into education and encourage people to come in. once they're in, then to stay in the profession. one thing that we are suggesting is that government considers actually looking at the
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loa n considers actually looking at the loan repayments that teachers have got to make from their student loan and perhaps praising them when they are in teaching and perhaps writing them off. but the government said they are already investing a lot of money in recruiting teachers over the next few years and obviously there is a limited budget for these things. financially it is difficult. it is but what we have got to remember is taking people to the education system is actually looking at preparing people for the workforce that we need going forward , workforce that we need going forward, for the economic well—being essentially of the country. so we have got to have a highly skilled and well educated workforce and that means we have got to see education essentially as a critical part of providing that and to provide high—quality education we need high—quality education we need high—quality teachers. high—quality education we need high-quality teachers. good to talk you. eight years after it was criticised by health inspectors
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for not having enough beds, operating theatres or trained staff, birmingham children's hospital has become the first of its kind to be rated outstanding. the specialist hospital has been praised for turning its fortunes around. our health correspondent jane dreaper reports. a mother's tender touch. connor's just seven months old, and recovering in intensive care from a liver transplant. home is 50 miles away, so connor's older brother, james, has changed school. give him a kiss. it is a tough time for the whole family, but they are still supported by the staff in birmingham. we have nearly lost him several times over the last six weeks of being here. we have come really close. without them, we would not have a child who is laying in this bed. while he is quite poorly, we have got him and he is here. we have every faith we will get to take him home. that is the only ask as a parent of a sick child. this is the play and admissions
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centre, designed to distract and relax young patients before their treatment. inspectors have been impressed with the hospital's caring approach. this hospital has come a long way since it was criticised by inspectors eight years ago. back then, a report found a shortage of beds and poor training and care. paying much closer attention to the views of patients and staff and acting on their ideas has helped change the culture in birmingham and encouraged better teamwork. eight years ago we were in an organisation that certainly was not listening to our staff, not listening to what children, young people and families were saying, and was in a really difficult place. through focusing on those areas of patient engagement, staff engagement, we have now got to a position where we are outstanding. some of the children in outpatients need repeated appointments.
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so it's vital they feel comfortable. i was with a doctor a couple of weeks ago and it wasn't scary or anything, it was very relaxed. he actually helped me. i felt confident. is it scary when you come here, or do you feel ok about it? i feel ok about it. the emotional support given to bereaved parents has also been praised in today's report. and they will now be able to use this new room when they are going through the worst of times. rachel has helped to raise thousands of pounds for this unit after the death of her older daughter from kidney cancer. when you're given news like that you feel you cannot breed sometimes, you need fresh air, you need to absorb information that is being told to you. and there was
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not that opportunity within the existing building. at that time in birmingham.just to be existing building. at that time in birmingham. just to be ourselves as afamily and birmingham. just to be ourselves as a family and be together. the staff here believe they can improve care even further, but today is a huge moment in showing how this hospital has turned a corner. jane dreaper, bbc news, birmingham. the kielder observatory in the remote northumberland countryside is to get a £200,000 extension. the observatory now attracts more than 23,000 visitors every year, and thanks to grants from the heritage lottery fund and the rural development programme there's to be a new observatory and much bigger educational facilities. jim knight reports from kielder. even on this bleak february morning, steve is already starting to get ready for the new season at the kielder village campsite. and like so many other accommodation providers out here, he is eternally grateful for the observatory and the thousands of new visitors it brings in every year. we have had some very fortunate
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camps where they have had a good number of nights, despite bad weather. but the colder it is, the clearer it can be. i don't think any of us really expected this to take off in the way that it has. and now, as well as the observatory, we have now got hotels and bed—and—breakfast facilities, all have got their own kit to promote dark skies. the locals will tell you that kielder, outside the main holiday season, can become almost deserted. and that's why the unexpected thousands of astra—tourists have given this whole remote area such a welcome boost. particularly as the stargazers tend to prefer coming in the quieter months in spring and autumn. this opportunity and this project allows us to actually develop a classroom for children coming here so not everybody is crowded in the same building and it provides the opportunity for lots of different education
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to take place as well from this particular venue. but if this is going to last and inspire people in the region, we have all got to get on board. i guess it is a hearts and minds campaign, isn't it, you want to really enthuse people about how important dark skies really are. and when you think about it, what better thing to get everyone excited, just looking up at a big, old, black, dark, starry sky and then using kit like this to look at into the depths of the universe. it doesn't get any better than that. a little ray of sunshine, then, and all from the dark sky. jim wright, bbc look north, kielder. hello. it is shaping up to be a week of two seasons. we started the week with that feel of spring. temperatures a balmy 18 celsius across the south—east on monday afternoon. we finish it with a return to winter. yes, some of you will see some snow. temperatures struggling and strong winds. wind will become a feature, with very
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stormy weather to get us from one to the other. tonight, it is quite windy across the uk. the worst of the stormy weather to the north of the uk. this is pushing the weather front southwards. after a wet start tonight, scotland and ireland will turn dry. staying wet parts of northern england, particularly hills in the west end increasingly wet in the north and the west of wales. that weather front will split the country in two. south of it, lots of cloud, still in the milder air. temperatures not dropping below double figures for some. to the north of the weather front, a much chillier start to wednesday and quite windy as well. we could see winds touching 70 or 80 mph across caithness, shetland, orkney. a blustery day elsewhere in northern ireland and northern england. temperatures into the teens whereas further north back to where they should be for the time of year. the rain pushes back north in wednesday
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evening and links in then to this feature behind me. the fourth named storm of the season set to push across the uk during the first part of thursday. doris, also coming with and be prepared warning attached mainly for the wind across northern england, parts of north wales and the midlands. so concentrating first on the wind, we are likely to see 70, 80 on the wind, we are likely to see 70,80 mph gusts during the on the wind, we are likely to see 70, 80 mph gusts during the second half of thursday in particular. exact details could change. and that brings the front of the other feature of the storm, snowfall, up to tenth —— ten centimetres across the hills and even to lower levels at some stage. many start with some wet weather but away from parts of eastern scotland and the north east of england just some showers in the west and many finishing their estate with some blustery wind but also
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some sunshine. the best of which will be in the south. this is bbc news. the headlines at eight: a man who detonated a suicide car bomb in mosul in iraq two days ago has been identified as ronald fiddler — a british is fighter who was once detained in guantanamo bay. merseyside police are searching for a convicted killer after he escaped custody while on a hospital visit in liverpool with the help of armed men. 28—year—old shaun colin walmsley was serving a minimum of 30 years in walton prison. they're only available to same sex couples, but it was a narrow defeat for charles keidan and rebecca steinfeld. i've been kept off the plane. i'm not going to new york. a muslim teacher from swansea says he still doesn't know why he was denied entry to the united states. also... nearly two thirds of hospital services could be scaled back across england.
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