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Will more of our struggling schools be turned into academies?

A consultation has begun into whether this school should be an academy. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A political row's broken out over the Government's plans to turn all struggling schools into academies.

It's a decision that's likely to affect around 40 schools in our region deemed to be inadequate.

The Education Secretary says it'll mean a rapid improvement for failing schools. but critics claim it's a crude attack on state comprehensive education.

Critics say its an attack on the comprehensive system Credit: ITV News Anglia

The most recent Ofsted inspections revealed that in Cambrideshire there are seven schools currently rated as inadequate.

There are eleven in both Essex and Norfolk, and in Suffolk it's ten.

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Lib Dem leadership nominations close

Norman Lamb Credit: PA

Nominations for the next leader of the Liberal Democrats have closed, with Nick Clegg's successor to be elected in July.

North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb is one of two contenders to lead the party. He faces opposition from Cumbrian MP Tim Farron.

Today Mr Lamb handed in his nomination papers to Liberal Democrat Party Headquarters. The campaign will now last six weeks with the winner announced on July 16th.

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Fire-breathing dragons unveiled on streets of Norwich

A selection of the dragons that will form part of the trail. Credit: ITV News Anglia

There've been fire-breathing dragons in Norwich today to publicise the city's summer sculpture trail.

Twelve of the 84 giant dragons were unveiled in a display at the city's Riverside area.

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The Go Go Dragons trail hits the streets on June 21st. It's to raise money for the Break Charity who work with vulnerable children, young people and families. There will be over a 100 baby dragons scattered throughout the city too

They certainly caught the attention of this little admirer! Credit: ITV News Anglia

"New regime" takes over hospitals in Essex

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Hospitals in Essex where health services are persistently failing are to undergo a "new regime" which will see NHS regulators challenge the way things have previously been done.

NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens said repeated attempts to turn around services in certain places had been "tested to destruction" and a new way of dealing with them needed to be tried.

Essex, along with North Cumbria and East and West Devon are the first three parts of the country that are to be moved formally into the "new success regime".

NHS England will work with regulators Monitor, the NHS Trust Development Authority and the Care Quality Commission(CQC) to attempt to turn things around in these areas.

Police appeal after arsonist destroys play equipment at nursery school

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Police are appealing for the public's help after an incident of arson at a nursery school in Melbourne Avenue in Chelmsford.

A large wooden shed used to store outdoor play equipment was set alight between 6pm and 7.30pm on Wednesday May 27th by a person who was possibly using a moped.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Chelmsford Police station on 101.

Some of the burnt toys Credit: Essex Police
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