Oscar Smith is working on a farm in Norfolk ahead of a part-time five-year degree course at Easton and Otley College.

Farmers urged to employ more apprentices

Farmers across the region are being urged to employ more apprentices to make sure agriculture remains a key industry in the local economy.

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Finances - not grades - will decide whether students go to university

Thousands of teenagers across our region have picked up their A-level exam results today.

Overall the pass rate dropped for the first time in more than 30 years.

Here in the east the number of A* grades awarded increased very slightly - by 0.5% - as A grades fell by 0.4%.

But for many, it is not the grades but financial considerations which will decide whether or not they head to university.

Serena Sandhu reports from Essex.


Former Norfolk headteacher charged with further sexual assaults

A former Norfolk headteacher - who is set to stand trial later this year for a series of historical sexual offences - has been charged with 14 more assaults.

David William Tuohy, of White House Road, Oxford, is accused of 14 indecent assaults against four pupils at an independent school more than three decades ago.

All charges relate to boys aged under 16.

The offences are alleged to have taken place between the mid-1970s and the early 1980s at Eccles Hall School, now known as the New Eccles Hall School, at Quidenham near Attleborough.

Tuohy will next appear at Norwich Magistrates' Court on 29 August 2014.

The 82-year-old was previously charged with four counts of sexual assault and four further serious sexual offences against a boy under the age of 13 in the mid-1970s.

He pleaded not guilty to those charges last month and is due to stand trial at the end of November.


School support is now effective - but Norfolk could still do better

A year after Ofsted slammed a "legacy of underachievement" in Norfolk's schools, inspectors say the county council is finally helping them improve.

The authority was one of the first to be inspected under a new regime by the schools watchdog in 2013.

Having previously been rated "ineffective", its support has now been judged effective.

But the authority still needs to do more to boost school results, as Luke Farrington reports.

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