Oscar Smith is working on a farm in Norfolk ahead of a part-time five-year degree course at Easton and Otley College.

Farmers urged to employ more apprentices

Farmers across the region are being urged to employ more apprentices to make sure agriculture remains a key industry in the local economy.

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Shami Chakrabarti is the new Chancellor of the University of Essex

Well known civil rights defender Shami Chakrabarti has been named as the new Chancellor of the University of Essex.

She becomes the first woman to hold the position at Essex.

Shami Chakrabarti
Shami Chakrabarti Credit: PA Wire

Shami became Director of Liberty, the civil liberties and human rights organisation, in 2003. She has gained a reputation for her fearless campaigning against the erosion of civil liberties

She was also chosen as one of only eight Olympic Flag carriers at the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony.

"Shami Chakrabarti is a tenacious advocate of civil liberties and promoting human rights, prepared to confront injustice and someone who is making the world a better place."

"I am delighted Shami is our fifth Chancellor – she is a shining example of the values the University of Essex holds dear and she will be an inspiration for all members of our University community.”

– Professor Anthony Forster, Essex Vice-Chancellor

Awarded an Honorary Degree by the University of Essex in 2006, Shami returned to the University in 2007 to give the Essex Law Lecture.

"The University of Essex has a proud tradition of teaching human rights and respect for the rule of law. I am delighted to be joining this institution that shares so many of the values we hold at Liberty. At a time when our freedoms are under increasing attack, we need our young people to be equipped with the tools to defend them."

– Shami Chakrabarti

At Essex Shami Chakrabarti succeeds Lord Phillips of Sudbury, who stood down in July 2013, and follows in the footsteps of former Chancellors Lord Rab Butler of Saffron Walden, Sir Patrick Nairne, and Baron Nolan of Brasted.

Click below to see the Essex University video introducing Shami Chakrabarti as their Chancellor

Family of Luton man in coma speak about their heartbreak after alleged street attack

The family of man from Luton have spoken about their heartbreak a year after he ended up in a coma - the victim of an alleged street attack.

Henry Huggins known to everyone as "Chin' has yet to regain consciousness. Now relatives have begun a social media campaign to raise awareness of violence.

Hundreds of people have already joined in by taking a selfie photo, but his family want more to take part.

Click below to watch Matthew Hudson's report:

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Domestic abuse victim speaks about abusive relationship

Last year Essex Police recorded around 28 thousand domestic abuse incidents.
Last year Essex Police recorded around 28 thousand domestic abuse incidents. Credit: PA Images

More than 42,000 incidents of domestic abuse were recorded across Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk last year.

One community housing group in Braintree is raising awareness in the hope of encouraging more victims to speak out.

ITV Anglia's Hannah Pettifer went to meet one woman who was in an abusive relationship for two years - her words are spoken by an actor to protect her identity.

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Family of Luton man left on life support launch campaign to raise awareness of violence

'Selfie' photo campaign.
'Selfie' photo campaign.

The family of a man from Luton have launched a social media campaign to raise awareness of violence, a year after he was allegedly beaten into a coma.

Henry Huggins has yet to regain consciousness following the attack in the Farley Hill area of the town.

Hundreds of people have already taken part in a 'selfie' photo campaign - his family say they want to keep him in everybody's minds.

Pupils celebrate GCSE success but how have changes in the exams affected the grades?

It was another nerve-racking day for students across the region as they collected their GCSE results.

The exams watchdog had warned schools to expect "volatility" in grades after a number of changes to the exams took affect - and there are many more still to come.

However, there was still plenty to celebrate.

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Norwich headteacher delighted with results in "turbulent year" for GCSEs

Students embrace in Corby.
Students embrace in Corby. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Students across the region have been collecting their GCSE results this morning.

Schools throughout the East had received letters from the qualifications watchdog to warn that changes to the exams would have led to a lot of volatility in grades.

One headteacher said some schools would have seen their results drop this year - but there was still plenty to celebrate at his school.

"This is a very turbulent year for GCSEs.

There's been some real changes that have taken place with the qualifications.

So, it's not the case that I would expect all schools to continue to improve but we're pleased that we have managed to improve our results here."

– Brian Conway, Headteacher, Notre Dame High School, Norwich

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Students across the region find out their GCSE results

Students celebrate their GCSE results at Burnt Mill Academy in Harlow this morning.
Students celebrate their GCSE results at Burnt Mill Academy in Harlow this morning. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Thousands of teenagers across the region have been finding out their GCSE grades today.

The proportion of GCSE exam students awarded at least a C grade has risen for the first time in three years, official figures show.

Just over 68.8% of exam entries scored A*-C (up 0.7 percentage points on last summer) according to statistics published by the Joint Council for Qualifications.

In wasn't such a good year for English results though. 61.7% of English entries scored a C or higher, down 1.9 percentage points from last summer.

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Norfolk: Ofsted to investigate schools tip-off claims

Sir Michael Wilshaw.
Sir Michael Wilshaw. Credit: PA

Claims that three schools in Norfolk were tipped off about inspections are to be investigated by Ofsted.

Ormiston Victory Academy, Great Yarmouth Primary Academy and Thetford Academy have all denied allegations that they received more than the regulation half day's notice of a forthcoming inspection.

Ofsted says a review of all three inspections will now be carried out, as well as a wider examination of how information about its schedules are handled.

"Ofsted’s reputation for inspecting without fear or favour is absolutely central to all that we do. I am determined to protect our integrity in this area.

In light of the serious nature of the concerns raised, I have asked Sir Robin Bosher, Ofsted’s Director, Quality and Training, to carry out a review of the circumstances of these specific inspections and the wider handling of the sharing of information about our inspection schedules.

If any evidence comes to light that proves anyone within Ofsted or our contractors has shared information inappropriately, I will have no hesitation in taking the strongest possible action.”

– Sir Michael Wilshaw, Chief Inspector of Schools
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