Andrew Quann


Andrew is a Masters Student at the University of Lincoln studying Sports Journalism currently on Work Experience at the Lincolnite.

Schools in Lincolnshire face losing up to £45 million from their budgets in two years’ time, with a teachers’ union describing the government’s proposals as disastrous.

The National Union of Teachers has claimed that over 1,200 teachers will be made redundant as a result of the Department of Education’s proposed changes, which could lead to a loss of funding of £504 per pupil.

Ken Rustidge, Lincolnshire NUT Divisional Secretary and National Executive member, has criticised the proposals describing them as “very worrying”, and highlighting fears about a drop in the standard of education in the county.

Lincolnshire County Council has also raised concerns about the plans, stressing that no school should see a reduction in its budget.

Debbie Barnes, director of Children’s Services at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “For some years now, we’ve been campaigning for a fairer deal for Lincolnshire schools and we’ve responded robustly to the government’s consultation on the national formula.

“Under the proposed plans, some schools would see a drop in funding and whilst we welcome the increase for some schools, we do not think that any school in Lincolnshire should see a budget reduction as we are already one of the worse funded Local Authority areas for school funding.

“We need to ensure that all our schools have a core budget to deliver full-time, high quality education in appropriate class sizes.

“I’m deeply concerned that the current proposals will not enable our schools to do this and leave some in a vulnerable position.

“The plans are still based on historic calculations and do not reflect the unique challenges we face with our schools in a large rural authority.

“I hope the government will listen to our concerns and look again at the formula.”

The Environment Agency will spend a total of £6.8 million on protecting sea defences this month, protecting the Lincolnshire coast from flooding.

The Lincshore originally began in 1994, covering 20km of beach between Skegness and Mablethorpe.

From Monday, April 24, around 350,000m3 of sand will be designated onto beaches in Trusthorpe, Mablethorpe, Ingoldmells, Trunch Lane, Wolla Bank, Chapel Six Marshes and Huttoft.

These beaches will have sand replenished.

Mark Robinson, senior coastal advisor at the Environment Agency, said: “The beaches take the brunt of the waves’ energy, which would otherwise impact on coastal defences such as sea walls.

“Storms and large waves are more frequent during winter months, leading to erosion of the sand from these beaches.

“Replacing the sand helps extend the life of the sea defences – defences that reduce coastal flood risk to more than 30,000 homes and businesses, 19,000 static caravans and 35,000 hectares of land.

“We time our works to minimise disruption to local communities and visitors, but unfortunately we will need to close off sections of beach while we’re working on them to keep people safe.

“This work is important to maintain coastal flood defences, so we appreciate residents’ ongoing patience if there’s minor disruption.”

Costumes from BBC Two’s critically acclaimed drama Wolf Hall will be displayed in an exhibition in Gainsborough this year.

The costumes from the Tudor drama will be on show between April 29 and August 28.

Wolf Hall told the story of Thomas Cromwell’s rise to fame in the court of Henry VIII.

It was a TV adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Man Booker Prize-winning novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies.

The costumes have been on display in York’s Barley Halls and will be on display in The Upper Chamber of Gainsborough Old Hall.

Jon Hogan, public engagement manager at Lincolnshire County Council said: “Henry VIII himself stayed at Gainsborough Old Hall with his fifth wife Catherine Howard in 1541, making it the perfect setting to see these magnificent Tudor costumes.

“Wolf Hall was celebrated by critics for its historical accuracy, and the costumes are a brilliant example.

“They’re impressive replicas of the clothes we know were worn by Henry VIII and his courtiers.”

The costumes have been provided by Angels and Costumiers who are an award winning professional costume house, who have won awards such for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema at the EE British Academy Film Awards.

Entry to the exhibition is included in the entry price of Gainsborough Old Hall which is priced at £7.40 for adults, £5.90 for concessions, £4.20 for children aged 5-17 and a family ticket is available (two adults and up to three children) for £19.

Under 5s can get in for free.

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