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Mark Cottingham, principal of Shirebrook Academy.

School volunteers should not replace paid employees

With the funding situation in some schools as it is, I was not completely surprised to read that an academy chain in the south of the country was looking for volunteers to fill roles usually reserved for paid employees, writes Mark Cottingham, principal of Shirebrook Academy.

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Julie Richards, principal of Chesterfield College.

Stand up for fair funding for colleges by signing petition

Every day I see the difference further education makes which is what drives me to keep championing the need to stop the funding cuts that are affecting it so deeply. When I see others with the same drive it makes me hopeful that this vital part of our education system will continue for future generations, writes Julie Richards, principal of Chesterfield College.

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Mountain hare in partial winter coat. Photo by Mark Hamblin.

Animal kingdom’s camouflage tactics inspire military methods of concealment

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust works across six Living Landscapes in Derbyshire, with more than 170 projects for wildlife, people and wild spaces from surveying bumblebee numbers out in the field to taking toddlers on their first ever mini-beast hunt - their work spans from conservation at its most scientific right through to a child’s first experience of nature. 

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Victims can experience long-standing effects from incidents of hate.

Two hate crimes are recorded in Derbyshire every day

National Hate Crime Awareness Week last month coincided with Home Office figures showing a 29% rise in reported incidents since June across England and Wales, writes Hardyal Dhindsa who is Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire.

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Julie Richards, principal of Chesterfield College.

Pride of graduation confirms why further education is so important.

We recently held our graduation ceremony for students successfully completing university level courses at the college. It was a wonderful opportunity to not only celebrate all of the students’ hard work and achievements but also see just how proud their friends and families are of them, as indeed are we, writes Julie Richards, principal of Chesterfield College.

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