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Robot invited to speak at Westminster committee meeting

A rather unusual spokesperson has been invited to give evidence at a Parliamentary committee chaired by the MP for Harlow Robert Halfon.

'Pepper' the robot was invited to speak in an education committee about what artificial intelligence could mean for education.

Education project to re-train industry leaders as teachers

City College Norwich has become part of new initiative to encourage people from industry to become teachers so they can give students the work skills needed by employers.

City College Norwich is part of a £5m project to recruit industry professionals to teaching. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Education Secretary Damian Hinds has visited the college which is one of 37 across the country getting a share of the government's £5m "Taking Teaching Further" programme.

It will help the college to recruit up to five industry professionals to retrain and work as teachers.

Norwich was named as an Education Opportunity Area in 2016, struggling with low social mobility and needing to improve the life chances for the most disadvantaged young people.

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Norfolk set to close dozens of children's centres

Norfolk County Council is proposing the closure of 46 of its 53 children's centres. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Most of the children's centres in Norfolk look set to be closed under plans being put forward by the county council.

If approved, only seven of the 53 centres would remain when the new contracts starts in September 2019.

More than 20,000 parents and children under five currently use the centres.

The council says it wants to spend its resources on frontline services rather than buildings. Earlier this year councillors agreed to reduce the annual budget for children's centres from £10 million to £5 million.

“We want to get the right help to children and families as early as possible and create services that are fit for today’s families.

“About a quarter of those families who live in areas of greatest need are not accessing children’s centre services at the moment and we want to develop a service that gives them the support and help they need for their children.

– Penny Carpenter, Chairman of the Children’s Services Committee at Norfolk County Council
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