A bit of ice? Snow reason to keep pupils indoors ...

Want a medal-winning bobsled team for Great Britain? Stop gritting the ice slides at school, recommends Steve Eddison

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“Winter is here,” I tell Mrs Eddison. It’s February half-term and I’m hoping to hunker down in front of the television with an après-school mug of tea and some chocolate Hobnobs. Mrs Eddison is yet to be convinced that this is a good use of my time.

“Maybe we can enjoy it together?” I insist. “Think of the fierce battles and deadly confrontations taking place in a world of snow and ice. It’ll be like watching Game of Thrones!”

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