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SHE’S our Readers’ Champion, the woman who will give you an even greater say in what shapes The Star.

We already try hard to reflect your views in our Letters page, our Join The Debate feature and by reporting your Facebook and Twitter comments on our stories.

Today Nancy Fielder takes up the role of Readers’ Champion and she wants to hear from you how we can further improve The Star.

We will be making major improvements to your favourite paper in the next few months and Nancy will be your point of contact to tell us how we’re doing.

Her first column appears in today’s edition on page 10 and in it she outlines her agenda.

Nancy wants you to get your voice heard in your local newspaper.

We are all committed to serving South Yorkshire and promoting it. Please keep in touch with Nancy so she can help us give you The Star you want.

Cash being spent where it’s needed

AT a time when finances are tight and austerity rules, it makes a pleasant change to see government cash being targeted where it is really needed.

Secondary schools are to receive thousands of pounds to help youngsters who fell behind at their primaries in English and maths catch up before it is too late.

There will be extra one-to-one sessions, after school and lunchtime sessions and perhaps even lessons in the holidays.

There’s no doubting the importance of this mission - the shocking statistic is that without such help, only five per cent of such pupils will go on to gain five good GCSE passes.

Some critics say the help is likely to be too little, too late, while others suspect the funding is not new but is simply being recycled from other sources.

But if a child’s educational future is at stake, this is no time for carping.

Valuing experience

WE understand the concerns of chief constable David Crompton over giving people with no crime-fighting experience direct entry to senior police posts.

Fast-tracked whizz-kids sounds all very well in theory, but nothing beats experience and the current policy of a compulsory two years on the beat seems to us to be sensible.

It is the only way for officers to understand the unique role of a British policeman, armed not with a weapon, but with that most valuable of commodities - common sense.