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Footballing legend opens primary school extension

Teddy Sheringham at the official opening of the primary school extension Credit: ITV News Anglia

A very famous footballing face has been to the opening of an extension to a primary school in Stevenage.

Former Manchester United, Spurs and England forward Teddy Sheringham now manages the town's League 2 side.

He took time out to visit the Roebuck School hoping to inspire the fans and players of the future.

Teddy Sheringham Credit: ITV News Anglia

"Well, that's the plan from Stevenage Football Club is to get all these youngs kids supporting Stevenage rather than the West Ham's and the Tottenham's. It's a lovely place to come down and watch, so come down and watch."

– Teddy Sheringham, Manager, Stevenage

Here's Matthew Hudson's report on Teddy Sheringham's school visit:

Respects paid to First World War heroine, Edith Cavell

Edith Cavell. Credit: ITV Anglia

Events are taking place in Peterborough today to mark the centenary of one of its First World War heroines

Edith Cavell was a nurse who helped allied soldiers to escape from German occupied Brussels. She was executed in 1915 by firing squad.

She attended Laurel Court School in Peterborough Cathedral Precincts as a teenager. For the next three days events will be going on at the Cathedral and Museum in her honour, and there will be a service of thanksgiving this weekend

Exactly 100 years to the day since Edith Cavell's execution, on Monday 12th October at 7.00am, a two minute silence will be observed in the Cathedral.


Seven year olds in Norfolk hold record reading results

Norfolk's 7-year-olds have posted record results in reading - with the county moving ahead of the national average for the first time.

Key Stage 1 results show that 91% of pupils achieved the expected level two or above in reading - up from 89% in 2014 and above the national average of 90%.

In writing and maths, Norfolk was in line with the national average with 88% achieving at least level two in writing and 93% in maths.

However reading for younger children is still behind the rest of the country. 73% of 6-year-olds passed the phonics check this year, up from 69% last year. Nationally, 77% passed the check.

"Getting early education right is crucial because results at five, six and seven give a good indication of how children will go on to achieve later in their education. Reading is particularly vital because it unlocks the rest of the curriculum for children, as well as providing a huge amount of joy. Whilst it is encouraging to go ahead of the national average on this measure and to be in line with the national average for writing and maths for seven-year-olds, there is still much to do if we are to collectively ensure that all of Norfolk's children are reaching their potential. We want Norfolk to not simply reach but exceed the national average across every key stage"

– James Joyce, Chairman of the Children's Services Committee at Norfolk County Council


School's response to schoolgirl's classroom ban for wearing the wrong shoes

Shakira Silom. Credit: ITV Anglia.

Ormiston Venture Academy in Gorleston has responded after a 12 year old pupil, Shakira Silom, is spending a second week in a seclusion class for wearing the wrong footwear. The year eight schoolgirl was told her shoes must be black and not with a coloured heel. She has already spent a week in seclusion for failing to change her shoes. A spokesperson for the school said" The footwear is a black shoe with a brown trim around it, in particular on the thick heel, that is clearly visible. We must be consistent with all students."

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Victorian student's diary reveals exam stress hasn't changed in 150 years

The diary of Victorian student Francis Hutton has gone on display at St John's College. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The diary of a young man who was a student at Cambridge University in the Victorian period is being put on public display for the first time.

It reveals that the stress of exams certainly hasn't changed in the past 150 years.

The notebook can be viewed at St John's College library as part of Open Cambridge week.

Student Francis Hutton's handwriting is suitably spidery and the diary is complete with amusing doodles. It gives a fascinating insight into life at the college in the 1800s.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes

Prime Minister unveils plans to create millions of apprenticeships

The Prime Minister's visit to the East to unveil plans to create millions more apprenticeships.

David Cameron said they would be paid for by a "levy" on large companies that aren't investing enough in staff training.

The Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin - also in the region today - said around 30 thousand of those new apprenticeships would be in road and rail industry.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Matthew Hudson.

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