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UEA climbs to 2nd place in national student survey

The University of East Anglia has come second in this year’s National Student Survey (NSS) for student Overall Satisfaction levels, rising one place from last year.

Full-time, first degree final-year undergraduate taught students across the UK are invited annually to complete a questionnaire about various elements of their university education and the results released today show UEA achieved a score of 92% in the Overall Satisfaction theme.

"The National Student Survey is a key barometer of how our students feel about their time here at UEA. Scoring so highly for Satisfaction is testament to the efforts of academic and support staff as well as the Student Union and of course the students themselves in making UEA a top-class place to live and study."

– Prof David Richardson, UEA Vice-chancellor

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Department for Education explain Hewett academy decision

Hewett School in Norwich. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Department for Education have explained their decision to turn a Norwich school into an academy, saying that the step was the best way of bringing about an improvement.

The Hewett school will now be sponsored by the Inspiration Trust.

The school was deemed as "inadequate" in five of seven categories of a recent Ofsted report.

“Our priority is to make sure every child has the chance to get an excellent education and the best start in life. Ofsted’s recent report on the Hewett School could not be clearer that immediate change is required in order for that to happen.

As we have seen time and again, becoming an academy with the support of a strong sponsor is the quickest and most effective way to bring about rapid and sustained improvement.

That is why Hewett School will become an academy under Inspiration Trust, a strong sponsor with a proven track record of delivering rapid improvements in under-performing secondary schools. This has been taken with the best interests of children in mind and will help to secure the long term future of the school.”

– Department for Education spokesman

Norwich South MP 'angered' by decision to turn Hewett School into an academy

Clive Lewis. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Norwich South MP Clive Lewis says that he is "angry and disappointed" for local families after one of the city's biggest schools was turned into an academy.

The Department of Education confirmed the proposal today, which will mean that the Hewett school will now be sponsored by the Inspiration Trust.

The move had attracted considerable local opposition, with over 2,000 people signing a petition against the school being turned into an academy.

Mr Lewis has been invited by the trust to join the school's new governing body.

"I’m both angry and disappointed for local families whose views have simply been ignored by this process. It’s unfortunate that yet again the community, and most importantly the children of Hewett, have been let down.

What was the point of holding a consultation and ignoring the result simply because it wasn’t the answer the Government and the Inspiration Trust wanted?

I intend to obtain responses shortly from both the Secretary of State on a number of outstanding issues. Clearly there are still serious concerns over the land and I’ll be spending the coming days and weeks speaking to local parents and the community, to get the best outcome for the families and City I represent.

This has always been and always will remain their campaign but it is one I and many others in Norwich have been moved by."

– Clive Lewis MP

One of Norwich's biggest schools to be turned into an academy, Government confirms

Hewett School, which will now be known at 'The Hewett Academy'. Credit: ITV News Anglia

It's been announced that one of Norwich's biggest schools will become an academy.

The Department of Education has confirmed the proposal, which will mean that the Hewett school will now be sponsored by the Inspiration Trust.

The school will be known as the Hewett Academy, Norwich.

The academy's new logo. Credit: Hewett Academy, Norwich.

The move had attracted considerable local opposition, with over 2,000 people signing a petition against the school being turned into an academy.

They argued that the school should remain "owned by the people of Norwich; not given away against the wishes of parents, pupils and the local community".

"We are thrilled by the opportunity to make the Hewett great again for the people of Norwich.

There is only a short time before the academy opens in September, and we are already busy working with the principal, Tom Leverage, to support his priorities for the Hewett.

On his advice we will be refurbishing key areas of the academy this summer, using Inspiration Trust funds, and looking longer term at how we can make the more fundamental improvements the Hewett so desperately needs.

We are delighted to be keeping the Hewett name, with the new academy known as the Hewett Academy, Norwich, with a new badge inspired by the city's history.

We know there is great love for the Hewett locally and some nervousness about its future. With his community role and existing experience as a school governor, I have today written to Norwich South MP Clive Lewis inviting him to join the new governing body.

We are proud to be stepping up to the challenge of reinvigorating the Hewett, and we hope Mr Lewis will too."

– Inspiration Trust chief executive Rachel de Souza

Cambridge scientists working on the secrets of the universe

British scientists are working around the clock in Geneva to try to recreate the high energy conditions similar to those at the start of the universe.

The power at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland was recently increased and research has just restarted at the site.

Among those working at the world's largest particle accelerator are scientists from the University of Cambridge.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News correspondent David Wood

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School gets kids to stand rather than sit to tackle obesity

A school in our region has become the first in the country to champion a new programme of active movement for children as young as three.

The idea is to get kids standing rather than sitting down as a major step in tackling obesity.

Tanya Mercer has been to the Old School House Nursery near Newmarket to see the children in action.

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Councillors pleased by improvements in Norfolk schools

Councillors in Norfolk says more than 20,000 children in the county are now being taught in a good or outstanding school. Credit: PA

Councillors in Norfolk say more than 20,000 children in the county are now being taught in a good or outstanding school.

They put it down to their scheme to raise standards in failing schools.

Now 77% of Norfolk's schools are rated good or better - compared with 59% when the strategy launched in 2013.

Is university good value for money? 10,000 school-leavers look at options

A new poll suggests that four in ten students believe university doesn't offer good value for money. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A new poll suggests that four in ten students believe university doesn't offer good value for money.

The results come as the University of Bedfordshire kicks off one of the biggest higher education events in the country.

More than 10,000 students are expected to attend the two-day UCAS convention. It gives young people the chance to explore their post-school options with the guidance of professionals from across the country to help them make decisions about their future.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Sarah Beecroft

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