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NHS is on the agenda at the Prince William School in Oundle

With the General Election drawing ever closer ITV News has teamed up with schools across the region as part of our 'Election 2015 Schools Debate'.

One of the big challenges is getting more young people interested and involved in politics.

Sarah Beecroft has been along to Prince William School in Oundle where the NHS is on the agenda.

Click below to watch the report:

School Debate in Bedford

The countdown to the General Election in May is well underway - but one of the big challenges is getting more young people interested and involved in politics.

School Debate in Bedford Credit: ITV Anglia

To do that our Election 2015 School Debate for years eleven and above is underway.

If your class is doing anything to mark the election - we'd like to see you in action and maybe include you in our programme. You can get more details here

Sarah Cooper has been listening in on a debate organised by St Thomas More Catholic School in Bedford and you can see her report below

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Local schools to benefit as part of building programme

Details have been announced of which schools are going to get a share of £2 billion as part of a rebuilding and refurbishment programme.

A full assessment of the work needed will take place in April.

Schools to get part of £2 billion investment Credit: PA Wire

The local schools benefiting under the programme are:

Bedford Borough

Goldington Academy

Buckinghamshire

Burnham Grammar School

Cambridgeshire

Ramnoth Junior School

Bewick Bridge Community Primary School

Essex

Chipping Ongar Primary School

The FitzWimarc School

The Deanes School

Ramsden Hall School

Water Lane Primary School

Mark Hall Academy

Brentwood County High School

Hertfordshire

Aboyne Lodge Junior Mixed and Infant School

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

The Hemel Hempstead School

Barclay School

The Cavendish School

Turnford School

The Astley Cooper School

The Bishop's Stortford High School

Saint Mary's Catholic School

Mount Grace School

The John Henry Newman Catholic School

Saint Joan of Arc Catholic School

Tring School

Monk's Walk School

Leventhorpe a business and enterprise academy

Milton Keynes

Stantonbury Campus

Norfolk

Marshland High School

Nicholas Hamond Academy

Downham Market Academy

Norwich Road Academy

Attleborough Academy Norfolk

Northamptonshire

The Latimer Arts College

Suffolk

Stowmarket High School

Copleston High School

Samuel Ward Academy

East Point Academy

Ormiston Endeavour Academy

Mildenhall College Academy

Plans for new multi-million pound research centre

Plans for how the new building could look Credit: Suffolk County Council

Plans have been revealed for a new multi-million heritage and research centre for Suffolk.

The building would be a joint project between the county council and University Campus Suffolk in Ipswich.

It would create a new records office with enough space for another 20 years of archives, teaching rooms and a 200-seat auditorium.

The building would be based at the university campus in Suffolk Credit: Suffolk County Council

If approved by councillors, a heritage lottery grant bid will be submitted later this year.

"UCS welcomes the planned new heritage facility at the Ipswich campus. This will strengthen our existing plans to grow our heritage teaching and research, and will be a major boost to the local heritage community. The project will continue the transformation of the waterfront area, and will be a major factor in the development of heritage tourism in the town. The improved access to archive collections will provide many new opportunities for students and academic staff, and will raise the profile of UCS as a major centre for heritage studies"

– Tim Greenacre, Deputy Provost at University Campus Suffolk (UCS)

Row over closure of children centres rumbles on

An earlier demonstration against the closure Credit: ITV News Anglia

A decision to close nine children's centres in Suffolk has been challenged by the county's opposition councillors.

Last week, the County Council voted to close the sites to save £250,000 despite protests from parents.

However that decision has now been referred back to the authority's scrutiny committee by Labour councillors who claim government guidelines were not considered ahead of the vote.

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Mother's anger over school hair row

A mother from Bedfordshire is refusing to send her son to middle school after teachers threatened him with isolation because he got his hair cut like his favourite footballer.

Nine year old Danny Purdy saved up his own pocket money to get a cut like Arsenal star Olivier Giroud. But he came home in tears after being told off by his teachers.

Watch Russell Hookey's report...

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