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Paul Scott is said to have made cruel remarks about staff and students (Image: Linkedin)

A former principal who called teachers the “blonde” and “the pretty one who had the baby” has been banned from classrooms.

Paul Scott, 54, often made teachers at Arboretum Primary in Derby, Derbyshire feel like “pieces of meat” because of his comments.

And that “derogatory” treatment even included school students, which regulators heard at a tribunal hearing last month.

Among the alleged comments – and there were many – he said one employee was “on the spectrum bus”, one was a “virgin” and described another as “handsome”.

He is said to have once told a colleague who was vying for a raise, “Seeing you in your underwear would be a really good start.”

“You’ve really let yourself go since you got married,” he told another educator, according to a report by the Teaching Regulation Agency released today.

To a colleague who informed him that she was going on early maternity leave to have a cesarean section, he replied: “At least the first floor will be intact.”

He has been in charge of the Arboretum Primary since 206 (Image: Google Maps)

The teaching regulators found the spate of comments unacceptable and a disciplinary hearing in Coventry stripped him of the post altogether.

A staffer told the panel: “I remember once I was wearing a T-shirt and a matching cardigan and Mr Scott looked at it and said, ‘I like the way you have the vertical stripes.’

“I felt like a piece of meat.”

Another said: “One day I was carrying pictures of dinosaurs and Mr. Scott was watching, so I said, ‘What is that? Where are you looking?”.

‘He said something like. “I’m distracted, you have pictures of dinosaurs on your boobs”. I just left after he said that.”

A third teacher recalled holding guinea pigs, with Scott commenting, “They make a lovely pair of guinea pigs. I’d like to press it.”

He made the remark as he entered the classroom to find the teacher and her students in a group circle, a witness reportedly claimed.

Many employees said Scott made “inappropriate physical contact” with them, such as “butt-snapping” them with his ID.

He also brushed [a staff member’s] cheek” before removing a “piece of hair that was stuck to her lip,” the report said.

Panelists heard him comment on how a student was “a little bad” in front of them and their parents and also “I’m used to teaching white middle class kids who are like sponges” after teaching a lower ability class .

The Teaching Regulation Agency found Scott, who became head in 2016, guilty of making inappropriate comments and physical contact with staff.

Panelists also concluded that he had sexually harassed a woman after staff members filed a series of complaints with school governors in April 2019.

Panel chair Roger Woods said: “The panel’s findings against Mr. Scott included inappropriate comments and inappropriate, unprofessional and derogatory conduct towards various staff, but in some cases students as well.”

Scott is indefinitely banned from teaching at any school, college or children’s home in England. Until November 2024, he cannot apply again for inclusion in the teacher register, in which educators must also be registered.

As principal, Scott was a “role model” for his staff and students, Woods said – but the high standards he once held have been marred by his catalog of vile comments.

“He should have known what was expected of him and acted accordingly,” Woods said.

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St Ives is happiest place to live in UK reveals Rightmove survey

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Picturesque St Ives, a popular coastal town and port in Cornwall (Photo: Getty)

The picturesque seaside town of St Ives has been crowned Britain’s most liveable place.

The Cornish seaside town overtook Hexham in Northumberland to take first place this year, having traded with the market town for first place since 2019.

This year, however, Galashiels came second in the Scottish Borders – ranking top for friendliness across the UK according to an annual survey by home selling website Rightmove.

More than 21,000 people responded to the Happy at Home Index, which asks residents how they feel about where they live.

Locations are judged on factors such as sense of belonging, proximity to green spaces, and sense of community.

St. Ives residents rated the area highly for its sense of community, residents’ sense of belonging and how comfortable residents feel about being themselves.

Councilor Philip Pope, Mayor of St Ives, said: ‘I’m often asked what makes St Ives so special and the only answer I can ever give is ‘the people’.’

“Don’t get me wrong, it’s a beautiful riverside market town steeped in history with scenic views, but none of it really means anything without the incredible people who have chosen to live, work, volunteer and contribute here to visit.

“We are very fortunate to have the greatest people with the kindest hearts in this city.

The town of Galashiels in the Scottish Borders. (Photo: Getty)

“I firmly believe that happiness, love and kindness are three of the most important things in life and here at St Ives we are fortunate to have all of these in abundance.”

At the other end of the UK, residents of the historic border town of Galashiels in Scotland scored particularly high for people’s friendliness and politeness – ranking top in the UK for it.

Alice Brown, appraiser at estate agents Rettie & Co Borders, said the location is a winner, as is the friendliness of the locals: “The countryside around Galashiels has so much to offer, especially for those who are into rural activities such as hiking, trail running , cycling, wild swimming”.

Anglesey has been found to be the happiest place to live in Wales.

Tim Bannister, Director of Property Science at Rightmove, said: “This year’s Happy at Home survey really shows that the things that make people happy to live in their area aren’t so much the physical aspects of that area, it’s more the personal aspects, such as our sense of belonging, community and people.’

Rising prices

However, living in one of the happiest cities in Britain comes at a price.

The average asking price for a house in St Ives is £523,731, which is 6% higher than last year when it was £492,870 and also higher than the average asking price across the UK of £366,999.

Other locations in the top ten include Woodbridge, Harrogate, Anglesey, Bury St Edmunds, Cirencester and Hexham.

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Free boiler replacement: What schemes are there and who is eligible?

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Could you get help paying for a new heating system? (Image: Getty)

If your boiler isn’t energy efficient, pay more energy bills.

Given that, that’s a concern winter threatens, the need for heating is increasing and we know that energy prices will rise again anyway April 2023.

Of course, the last thing you need this time of year is a super old heater that you can pack away completely.

So you may be wondering if there is help to replace an old, broken or inefficient boiler – especially if you are on a lower income or know/know one pensioner fights to heat their house.

Here’s what’s available and where to learn more.

Which free boiler exchange programs are there?

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There are two main schemes to get your boiler replaced for free – or get a grant towards the cost.

You are over the government Energy Company Obligation (ECO) programand the separate boiler upgrade program.

ECO4 program

What is it? ECO is the Government’s Energy Company Commitment Scheme.

The program, which has been running since 2013, is currently in its fourth iteration called ECO4 – which focuses on the Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation (HHCRO).

In short, this is forcing large energy suppliers (with more than 150,000 customers) to help fight fuel poverty by ensuring that people on low incomes and in vulnerable situations can heat their homes, explains Ofgem.

So you could get help installing insulation, as well as a replacement for an old, inefficient boiler or heating system.

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Who is Eligible? Eligible persons are in England, Scotland and Wales who receive the following benefits:

  • child allowance
  • Labor Tax Credit
  • universal credit
  • annuity guarantee loan
  • retirement savings credit
  • social care
  • Earned Unemployment Assistance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • child support
  • housing benefit

If you own your own home, your property must have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of D, E, F or G (the lowest energy efficiency rating you can obtain).

If you rent privately through a landlord or live in council housing, the property you live in needs an EPC rating of E, F or G to qualify – and the landlord must approve any work.

Households that do not claim benefits but are in one of these EPC rating levels and earn a total of £31,000 or less may also be eligible.

People receiving money from utility bills through the Warm Home Discount Scheme will likely be eligible too.

However, exactly what kind of help you can get doesn’t seem cut and dry.

Ofgem states on its website: “It is important to note that being eligible for ECO does not necessarily mean that a utility or installer decides to install an energy efficiency measure in your home.”

How to apply: For more information, see Gov.uk page on the Energy Company Obligation.

Contact your local authority (which you can You will find here) or energy supplier (which you can You will find here) to find out if you definitely qualify and what grants or help are available.

Local councils and energy suppliers can also refer individuals or households, as can the NHS, according to June 2022, if someone has a health condition that is made worse by living in a cold home Ofgem guide to ECO4 for municipalities.

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Boiler upgrade scheme

What is it? Ofgem says the goal of the Boiler Upgrade Scheme is to help “decarbonize heat in buildings.”

Essentially, this saves you the cost of replacing a gas or fossil fuel boiler with an air source heat pump, ground source heat pump or biomass boiler.

It’s also no insignificant amount of around £5,000-6,000 – with a total of £450million in the pot for this scheme. However, the money goes straight to your installer who negotiates it for you.

Who is Eligible? People in England and Wales can apply for this programme.

People in Scotland and Northern Ireland have access to various loan and grants respectively.

You must apply for a property that you own, install a new heating system after April 2022, and replace your fossil fuel heating system with one that does not use fossil fuels.

In addition, there are a number of eligibility criteria for your property that you can choose from see the government website.

That includes making sure your home’s existing EPC doesn’t have prominent recommendations for attic or cavity wall insulation – and making sure your home is even suitable for a low-carbon heating system, which many won’t be.

How to apply: For more information, see gov.uk’s Boiler Upgrade Scheme page.

Through the site you can Look for an MCS certified installer to receive offers and they can confirm whether or not you are eligible for the program before making any final decisions.

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Rare glimpse of Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son Archie shared online

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Archie pictured with mum Meghan and grandmother Doria Ragland (Image: Twitter)

A rare public look at Archie, the son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, has been shared online by an American professor.

Duchess Harris, who is writing a book on racism and the royal family, posted the snap on Twitter.

It shows Archie, three, with mom Meghan and grandmother Doria Ragland while participating in a Zoom call with former Democratic Party leader Donna Brazile and Jotaka Eaddy, executive director of communications company Full Circle Strategies.

Professor Harris, who majors in African American history at Macalester College in Minnesota, tweeted: “I would like to invite you to be part of my next book project – Racism and the British Monarchy: A Megan Markle Reader.’

Alongside the photo, she added the caption, “Here we are!”

Pictures of Archie are rarely seen in public and Prince Harry and Meghan have opted to keep him and one-year-old sister Lilibet out of the spotlight.

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