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Head teacher branded 'hypocrite' for term time holiday

A Head teacher is under fire after booking a holiday during the school term.

Elstow School near Bedford issues strict guidelines to parents, saying they could face serious consequences for taking children on un-authorised leave. Now some say the rules are unfair, after the head teacher was given permission for a term-time holiday of her own.

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Bilingual children focus better in the classroom

Research carried out in Cambridge has discovered that bilingual children are able to perform better in noisy classrooms with lots of distractions, than those who only speak one language.

The experts behind the study, which looked at children between the age of 7 and 10, discovered that bilingual children could focus more on tasks and as a result performed better.

Click below to watch our report from Claire McGlasson

Norwich: Bid to get people to wee in the shower receives a "mixed reaction"

People are being encouraged to wee in the shower. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The UEA students behind a campaign to get people to urinate in the shower instead of using the toilet admit they've received a "mixed reaction".

The '#gowiththeflow' project was dreamt up by Debs Torr and Chris Dobson who based the idea on the success of a similar campaign in Brazil.

Chris Dobson and Debs Torr are asking people to declare their habits on Twitter and Facebook. Credit: ITV News Anglia

They hope to get all 15,000 students at the university to take part - and are asking them to declare their habits on Twitter and Facebook.

"We've certainly had mixed reactions about it.

Some people kind of recoil, saying why would you do that?

But if you look at the science, it's all there and it's a really good way to get people talking.

We've had a lot of debate."

– Debs Torr, University of East Anglia student

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Sir Michael Wilshaw: "Norfolk schools have got to do significantly better"

The head of Ofsted has launched a scathing attack on educational standards in the East.

Sir Michael Wilshaw warned that standards must improve at the annual conference of Norfolk headteachers yesterday.

ITV News Anglia's Jonathan Wills sat down with Sir Michael Wilshaw and asked him to explain his depressing assessment of the state of education in East Anglia.

Click below to watch the interview

Norwich: UEA students encouraged to urinate in the shower to save water

The UEA in Norwich. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Students are being encouraged to urinate in the shower to save water.

The campaign, called 'gowiththeflow', has been dreamt up by Debs Torr and Chris Dobson at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich.

They hope to get all 15,000 students at the university to take part - and are asking them to declare their habits on Twitter and Facebook.

"We've done the maths, and this project stands to have a phenomenal impact.

With 15,000 students at UEA, over a year we would save enough water to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool 26 times over.

Imagine how big an impact it could have if we could get everyone in East Anglia, or even the UK, to change their morning habits."

– Chris Dobson

The contentious idea has received a mixed reaction but they estimate that £125,000 could be saved per year if the entire UEA student population took part.

The pair are representing UEA in the Npower Future Leaders Challenge, encouraging students to devise an environmental initiative on their campus.

Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw launches scathing attack on Norfolk education

There's been a scathing attack on educational standards in Norfolk from the head of Ofsted.

Sir Michael Wilshaw's comments came in a speech at the annual conference of Norfolk headteachers.

He told them that schools here fare worse than just about anywhere else in the country.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Malcolm Robertson

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