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Struggling Suffolk schools warned that governing bodies could be removed

Benjamin Britten High School in Lowestoft has been put in special measures. Credit: ITV News Anglia

More than a dozen schools in Suffolk have been told they'll have their governing bodies removed if they don't improve standards immediately.

The County Council sent letters to 15 schools, including three in Lowestoft, telling them to restore "effective leadership and management" within 15 days.

A number of schools in Norfolk have also been put into special measures including Sewell Park College and the Hewett School in Norwich.


Disadvantaged primary pupils to get more money

Disadvantaged primary school pupils in the East of England are set to benefit from an extra £2million in funding to help them close the gap on their peers.

Schools in the East are set to receive a total of £216.2m pupil premium funding in 2015-2016.

It's hoped the increased pupil premium funding will support the most disadvantaged pupils from the very start of school and stop them falling behind.

In the East, schools will now receive £1,320 for every pupil who has been registered for free school meals at any time in the last six years.

"We have already made significant progress towards closing the gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers. This additional funding will ensure teachers in the East of England continue to have the resources they need to give all pupils the best possible start at school, regardless of their background."

– Schools Minister, David Laws

Struggling schools to get help recruiting head teachers

Jeremy Rowe Executive head teacher, Sewell Park College, Norwich and Sir John Leman, Beccles Credit: ITV News Anglia

Schools in Southend and Norfolk are set to get extra help to recruit head teachers and improve the quality of education on offer.

The Future Leaders Trust has announced plans to extend its Talented Leaders programme to both areas.

The scheme, which is already working in Suffolk, targets local authorities with poor-performing schools that struggle to attract strong head teachers.

Jeremy Rowe Executive head teacher and John Catton, Head of interim board, Sewell Park College Credit: ITV News Anglia

"Sewell Park has had a problem for the last couple of years in terms of achievement of students, well below the basic minimum standard which Government expects and which we all expect. We had a difficult time, our head left us in mid-August, we knew he was going, we had a couple of weeks before the start of term in a school which had no head teacher, so we had to react pretty quickly."

– John Catton, Head of interim board, Sewell Park College

Jeremy Rowe is the Executive head teacher of Sir John Leman High School in Beccles and now Sewell Park College, where he has been brought in to help turn standards around.

Jeremy Rowe's position at Sewell Park is temporary, so the College could benefit from the new scheme to help them find a head teacher in the future.

School visits to Duxford War Museum face axe says Union

A Hurricane fighter aircraft at Duxford Credit: PA

A union has warned that school visits and educational programmes at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford are under threat because of funding cuts.

The museum - which also has branches in London and Belfast - could lose nearly £4m a year. The Prospect union has launched a petition calling on the Government to reverse the cuts.

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Teacher resigns after putting tape over pupil's mouth

A teacher who put tape over a pupil's mouth to keep the child quiet has resigned.

The supply teacher at Fowlmere Primary in Cambridgeshire is said to have used the sticky tape on the nine-year-old "as a joke" during a lesson.

Fowlmere Primary in Cambridgeshire where the incident took place. Credit: Google Maps

"Although there was no ill intent or unkindness intended, it is clear this incident should not have happened and the member of staff has resigned from their post," a school spokesperson said.

"We have spoken to the child's parents and apologised as this fell below the standards we expect."

In March, a teacher was suspended from a school in Somerset after allegedly placing tape on the mouths of year six pupils because they were being too noisy.


Chief Inspector of Schools to visit Newmarket British Racing School

Sir Michael Wilshaw.

The Chief Inspector of Schools is visiting the British Racing School in Newmarket today.

The head of Ofsted, Sir Michael Wilshaw will tour the facility to see how it is training young people for careers in the racing industry.

He will meet staff and students as part of a wider initiative by Ofsted to maintain and improve education standards, which is currently being consulted on.

Largest training centre for Army cadets opens its doors

Cadets on display at the opening ceremony Credit: ITV News Anglia

A £7.2 million training centre for army cadets has been opened in Northamptonshire.

It replaces old First and Second World War buildings used to train cadets at Yardley Chase since the 1980s.

The new centre, partly paid for by the Ministry of Defence can accomodate nearly 200 army, air and sea cadets at any one time and is the largest training centre of its kind in the UK.

Army, air and sea cadets will use the centre Credit: ITV News Anglia

The army cadets were first formed nearly 160 years ago. The aim to challenge and educate young people and to find potential military recruits.

One of the cadets using the new facilities Credit: ITV News Anglia

The cadets are sponsored by the Army, although they aren't part of it. Some go on to have distinguished military careers.

"It's not what the movement's about but certainly 15% of regular personnel in the army have been cadets and for reserve forces it's slightly higher, it's 17% so there's a natural pull through but in the charter of the cadets is promoting an interest in uniformed service and mentoring those people who are showing an interest."

– Major General Robert Nitsch General Officer Commanding Support Command
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