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Oddly enough - Facials - a flaming cheek

What do teachers look for when they go to an education conference? Ideas to revolutionise schools? A chance to cry on colleagues' shoulders about government initiatives?

Those weren't the only things to attract hard-pressed educationists to the North of England Education Conference in Chester last week.

On the first evening, delegates were spoilt for choice when it came to entertainment. First came the Wirral schools music showcase and "Scouse" supper. If that failed to appeal, there was an Italian evening with light music. But perhaps the best offer for those in stressful senior jobs was the informal bistro with light food and spa treatment.

It is not clear whether the massages and facials were served at the dinner table. But either way, in tough economic times they seem a good use of public funds.

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