MISSING 15 YEAR OLD - HAVE YOU SEEN HER?
MERSEYSIDE Police are now
concerned for the welfare of 15 year old Sarah Lewington who has
been missing from her home in Buxton since Sunday, 20 December 2010.
Sarah travelled to Merseyside to visit family and is believed to be
somewhere in the Kensington area.
Sarah is described as white, 5ft 4in tall, of slim build, brown eyes
and shoulder-length light brown hair and she speaks with a Liverpool
accent. She was last seen wearing black baggy trousers, a white top
with black belt and a short white bomber jacket.
She is known to frequent Liverpool City Centre, Southport and
Anyone who has seen Sarah or who knows of her whereabouts is asked
to call Merseyside Police on:- 0151 777 4100 or Missing People on:-
0500 700 700.
If you can help spread the word by printing off and putting up a
Missing Person's poster in your business, then please download this
Word .doc file by clicking on
here. Please remember though to
remove it when she has been found. Thank you.
Estelle Morris to
chair commission on school libraries
Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) and the National Literacy Trust
are launching a commission to examine the future of school library
provision in England. The joint initiative will assess the role of
the school library in the 21st century school.
The commission will focus on the definition and role of a modern
school library; the characteristics of effective school library
provision; the agencies and partnerships which can best provide and
support this model; and the articulation of a national improvement
agenda. The final report will provide an informed and proactive
vision for the future of school libraries and their role in
supporting learning outcomes.
The commission will be chaired by Baroness Estelle Morris, who began
her career as a teacher and has held a number of positions in
government including Secretary of State for Education & Skills (2001
to 02). Baroness Morris will be joined by commissioners including
Peter Wanless, Chief Executive of the National Lottery Fund; Jean
Gross, Director of Every Child a Reader partnership; and Catherine
Blanshard, Chief Officer of Libraries, Arts and Heritage for Leeds
The commission will ask schools, local authorities, education
professionals and any organisation or individual who is interested
in the future of school libraries to submit their views and ideas.
Throughout the commission there will be ongoing dialogue with
national and local government and other policy makers with an
interest in the development of school libraries as well as
commercial service providers. These bodies will be updated and
briefed ahead of the commission’s final findings in June 2010.
Between 1997 and 2007 pupils supported by schools library service
provision dropped from 82% to 66%. An evidence based examination of
the role of the school library in the new education landscape is
urgently required as is a fresh and imaginative approach to
redefining the role of the school library.
Baroness Estelle Morris said:- “Libraries provide children
with fantastic educational and social opportunities and the central
aim of the commission to look at ways to furnish school libraries
with the very best support and advice.”
Museums, Libraries and Archives Chief Executive, Roy Clare, said:-
“The Museums, Libraries and Archives and National Literacy
Trust partnership will support the vital role that the library
service plays in children’s access to reading and learning. We are
committed to helping libraries deliver the best possible service to
help children achieve their potential. We launched this commission
to answer current inconsistencies in the school library services and
to offer effective examples and support for school libraries in the
Director of the National Literacy Trust, Jonathan Douglas, said:-
“School libraries are a vital resource in supporting literacy
standards. They are powerhouses of reading where children and young
people discover their identities as readers and develop appetites
for literacy which will equip them to be lifelong learners. As such,
school libraries are crucial in enabling students to fulfill their
potential. A resource as important as this needs to be rediscovered
in the context of a changing educational landscape.”
Maddie Search Marks 1,000th day
the 1,000 day since Maddie McCann disappeared, as other related
events took place worldwide. Formby Football Club launched as many
lanterns as they could, unfortunately wind stopped them from
launching all the 250 which had been planned. It was in May 2007
that Liverpool born parents, Gerry and Kate McCann, found their 3
year old child had vanished whilst they were on holiday in a
Portuguese holiday resort. Since then, they have worked tirelessly
to clear their names and also to keep the public and authorities
searching for her. At this event in Formby Football Clubs grounds,
on Altcar Road, were Maddie’s Liverpudlian grandparents,
representatives of Formby FC, Councillor Barry Griffiths and
residents from all over Merseyside. Since Madeleine was taken, both
Gerry and Kate have become very aware of just how many children go
missing each year from all around the world. They also now support
other families of missing children and on the Find Madeleine website
they have a very interesting section to read. You can help the
search for Maddie by logging onto their appeal website:-
findmadeleine.com. The lanterns
that were not set off on 27 January 2010, were given to the public
who attended the event to set off over the next few days. So keep
your eyes on the skies as well as keeping up the search for Maddie.
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