Wednesday 18 January 2023

THOUSANDS of schools are expected to close after members of the National Education Union backed walkouts in a row about pay. Contingency plans could see agency staff and volunteers brought in to cover lessons. 

In the East Riding, schools and colleges look likely to be affected on Wednesday February 1, Wednesday March 15 and Thursday March 16, which are all national strike days and Tuesday February 28, a regional strike day. East Yorkshire National Education Union rep and teacher Steve Scott said: “Teachers do not want to be damaging children’s education it’s just they’ve been left with absolutely no choice.”

NEW FIGURES published by the Office of National Statistics show that an estimated one in 25 people in the East Riding have Coronavirus. This represents 4.11 per cent of the population and means East Riding is the fourth highest in Yorkshire and the Humber to have Covid, with Bradford coming in with the highest infection rates. The figures are all based on random PCR testing of private households, regardless of whether people are showing symptoms.

A LEVEN family’s pet dog is in the running for the title of Britain’s ugliest dog. Four-year-old Peggy, half pug and half Chinese crested, is apparently front-runner in the competition by photography firm Parrot Print, who invited owners to submit photographs. Peggy, who is hairless, was adopted by Holly Middleton, of Leven, who said: “I just love anything that is a bit unloved and unusual, so when I saw her on the adoption website I knew I wanted to take care of her.”