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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 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.
"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."
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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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.
A number of parents are concerned over plans to merge two schools in Witham, Essex.
80 parents attended a meeting to express their concerns over plans to join New Rickstones and Maltings, saying the idea is largely motivated by financial reasons.
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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.
The army cadets were first formed nearly 160 years ago. The aim to challenge and educate young people and to find potential military recruits.
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."
Ofsted is to appoint an independent figure to look into claims that three Norfolk schools were given advance notice of inspections.
Ofsted says the inquiry is being put in place in the light of new evidence in relation to the inspections of the three schools run by the Inspiration Trust led by Dame Rachel de Souza.
An earlier investigation which was published a month ago, found no evidence to substantiate the allegations that the three schools in question had been given the dates of their Ofsted inspections.