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Edition No. 136

Date:- 24 January 2004

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LEASOWE Primary School in Leasowe Wirral has won a £2,000 BT Schools Award in partnership with 105.4 Century FM. 

The school, one of 240 winners chosen from more than 950 entries, will now use the money to fund its own community project, helping pupils involved develop their communication skills and participate in active Citizenship. After the projects have been completed in July 2004, the best three will be chosen and the schools will become national winners, earning themselves an extra £10,000. 

All UK schools were invited to submit an application form detailing how they'd spend the money on running a project that addressed Citizenship issues such as challenging stereotypes, celebrating diversity and protecting the environment. 

The judging panel, which comprised of Forfield Junior School, BT, 105.4 Century FM and the Wirral News Group looked for proposals that showed a passion for Citizenship and would positively enhance young people attitudes, experiences and communication skills so that they could become active and responsible citizens.

Schools Minister Stephen Twigg said:- "I would like to congratulate all the schools taking part in these awards. The BT Schools Awards offer schools a real opportunity to run an exciting Citizenship project. 

Learning about citizenship is vital to each young person's education. It broadens their minds, and teaches them about the wider world and how they can get involved. It encourages pupils to have an active involvement in the wider community, and shows them how they can make a difference." 

Leasowe Primary School now has until July 2004 to implement its project when it will be asked to provide a full report. 

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NEW FIGURES show that Liverpool's film and TV industry broke all records in 2003 after statistics from the city council's Film Office disclosed their latest findings. 

Statistics from the city council's Film Office reveal they organised the equivalent of 612 days of filming during the year - the highest since the department was formed back in 1989.

It smashes the previous record of 502 days, which was set in the year 2000 when Samuel L Jackson was in the city filming his Hollywood blockbuster 'The 51st State'.

Productions shot in the city in 2003 included two feature films - 'Millions', a black comedy starring James Nesbitt about two youngsters who find £1 million, and 'Digital Jesus' which saw locations such as Stanley Dock, Exchange Flags and Old Hall Street double as New York and one of the world's hottest film stars - Jude Law - spent a day in Liverpool filming a re-make of the 1960's movie 'Alfie'. 

Nine network television programmes were also shot in the city, including police series Mersey Beat, Grange Hill - shot on location at Mersey TV headquarters and in Norris Green and several other ground breaking drama's that have seen the city highlighted to greater effect in recent years.

The Film Office estimates that hundreds of people were employed on the productions, giving an estimated £15 million boost to the local economy and benefiting businesses such as hotels, taxi firms and caterers. 

Film Office manager Lynn Saunders says the future is looking good:- "It's a really exciting time for the film industry in Liverpool. The Liverpool Film Studios have firmly established themselves as a production base within the city, and the Objective One cash means we can invest in the next generation of film makers to bring on new talent.

Liverpool is now known as a city that welcomes film makers with open arms and does all it can to accommodate them. The word is spreading among producers and directors that whatever location you need, Liverpool can provide it." 

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