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Issue:- 27 March 2015

Edge Hill University has announced a renewed and expanded partnership with Liverpool Sound City 2015

THE University has been named as the Industry Connection Partner for the 2015 Festival and Conference, building on the success of an existing 2 year partnership. This increased involvement will see Edge Hill become the official sponsor of the industry marketplace at the Conference, as well as hosting a showcase of acts from its own record label, The Label Recordings, which has recently launched the careers of up and coming bands Hooton Tennis Club, The Little Secrets and SeaWitches.

Award winning student dance company EdgeFWD will premiere a new dance piece on the festival site, and 60 students will be taking part in real life work based activities at the Festival and Conference.

Rebecca Ayres, COO, Sound City said:- "Over the last 2 years of working together, Edge Hill students have twice won the prestigious UK Student Innovation Awards, hosted a brilliant event with 'The Label' showcase; where Liverpool artists Hooton Tennis Club were signed to Heavenly Recordings as a result; and have seen students gaining valuable work placements and commissions with companies including ITV. We are delighted to be working with Edge Hill in what will be the biggest year yet for Sound City to create more opportunities for their students to gain fantastic skills and experiences and for the University to be recognised internationally as our Industry Connection Partner."

Roy Bayfield, Director of Corporate Communications at Edge Hill University said:- "As University of the Year we are celebrating and exploring our deep connections with the sectors where our students forge their careers. Working with Sound City offers all sorts of exciting links for our students who will have opportunities to volunteer, perform and organise an event as part of the festival, and participate in an international conference."

Sound City is adding to an unparalleled line up of inspirational music figures for this year's conference with a key theme of The Unsung Hero. Keynote speakers include experimental rock pioneer Wayne Coyne and Orange Juice legend and hugely accomplished solo artist Edwyn Collins. As well as performing at the festival this year The Vaccines' Justin Young and Freddie Cowan will also appear In Conversation at this year's conference.

Alongside the conference, Sound City has announced an incredible line up of live acts for the festival, including:- The Vaccines, The Flaming Lips, Belle and Sebastian, Roni Size Reprazent, The Thurston Moore Band, Gaz Coombes, The Cribs, Peace and Swans.

60 new specialist primary school PE teachers to boot School Sports

AN extra 60 new specialist primary school PE teachers will be trained up in the North West; after an international rugby star and a Great Britain Water Polo player were among the 1st wave of recruits.

Hannah Rudman, 24, who has competed around the world in water polo championships and John Gillam, a former Ireland international rugby league player, have already got jobs in the classroom under the Government scheme.

40 of the next wave of recruits will be trained by the Ashton On Mersey Teaching School Alliance with a further 15 at Liverpool John Moores University. 4 will complete the programme at Holy Rosary Primary School, in Sefton.

Across England, 220 primary PE specialists have been recruited in 2 years; and Children and Families Minister Edward Timpson has announced a near doubling of the programme.

Nationally, 200 new specialist primary PE teachers will be recruited under the scheme in 2015 to 2016. 

Minister for Children and Families Edward Timpson said:- "We've already recruited more than 200 specialist primary PE teachers to bespoke training courses; but we want to go much further. Specialist PE teachers are vital to help really embed a sporting culture in schools; and get all children into healthy habits. Our £450million PE and Sport Premium has enabled headteachers to deliver more and better quality sport. Now we want to ensure more schools across the country can benefit from top class games teachers."

The trainees will be the third wave of teachers recruited under the programme launched after the Olympics to improve primary school sport.

The latest course for 199 new recruits will be delivered by 11 providers; up from 3 a year ago.

Water polo star Hannah Rudman was 1 of the 1st recruits on the scheme.

The Year 5 teacher at Victoria Park Junior School, in Stretford, Greater Manchester, competed for Britain in Hungary, Portugal, Canada and Italy. She said:- "The specialist PE teacher training course appealed to me because of its PE focus and its practical approach to learning and development.  The course was intense in the way it was jam packed with school placements, training days, university lectures and assignments. I did this course after getting involved with swim teaching and coaching young people gymnastics."

John Gillam, a former Oldham Roughyeds and Ireland rugby league player, now teaches Year 5 at Moorlands School in Trafford, Greater Manchester, after signing up for the scheme. He said:-  "I was excited to be a part of the new concept of becoming a PE specialist primary school teacher. Ashton on Mersey gave a life changing experience, which included giving me vast amounts of knowledge, confidence and the ability to become a highly skilled specialist when entering my teaching career."

Trainees spend ½ their time studying PE and Sport; although they are not restricted to only teaching PE. They also undergo training in the core subjects; English, maths and science. They will be trained to support their colleagues to develop their skills and improve quality of PE. On top of this, the government is investing £450million in primary school PE over 3 years; and research has shown this has led to children doing more and better sport. A typical primary school with 250 pupils is receiving around £9,000 per year of ring fenced funding over 3 years to spend on improving sport..

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Deceased estates notice - Lilian May Jackam

Pursuant to the Trustee Act 1925, any persons having a claim against or an interest in the Estate of Lilian May Jackam (also known as Lillian May) Jackam (Deceased), late of Birch Abbey Rest Home, 55 Alexandra Road, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 9HD, UK, who died on 04/10/2018, are required to send particulars thereof in writing, to the undersigned Solicitors, on or before 24/05/2019, after which date the Estate will be distributed having regard only to claims and interests of which they have had notice. Churches Solicitors, 12 High Street, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 7BL, UK. Ref:- 'T553015.'

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