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Praise for Suffolk college from the top of government

West Suffolk College runs an innovative scheme called the MARS award combining Maths, Art, Religion and Science Credit: ITV News Anglia

A college in Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk is pioneering a new method of teaching so impressive that it has won a national education award and praise from the very top of Government.

West Suffolk College was lauded in the House of Commons by the town's MP at Prime Minister's Questions.

The college runs a unique and innovative scheme called the MARS award combining Maths, Art, Religion and Science.

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Plans for a fast food 'exclusion zone' around schools in Milton Keynes

The plans could prevent fast food restaurants operating near schools Credit: ITV News Anglia

Plans to introduce a fast food restaurant "exclusion zone" around schools in Milton Keynes will be put to the public, after councillors agreed to push forward with the idea.

The exclusion zone would mean fast food restaurants could no longer open new premises within 400 metres of primary and secondary schools in Milton Keynes.

"We want to do all we can to encourage young people eat healthily. Research shows that where hot food takeaways are situated very close to school, young people will use them regularly. This approach, which could mean stopping new hot food takeaway premises opening very close to schools, is just one action that the Council is considering to support healthy eating locally."

– Milton Keynes Council

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Contractor appointed for £40million teaching centre in Luton

An artist's impression of the new STEM building Credit: University of Bedfordshire

The construction of a £40 million teaching and research 'STEM' building for science and engineering at the University of Bedfordshire is a step closer. Construction firm 'RG Carter' has been appointed to build the STEM centre at the Luton Campus which will be dedicated to teaching and research in the 'stem' subjects such of maths, science, engineering and technology.

“This is part of the University’s wider vision for high-level skills growth in Luton and Bedfordshire. Our new STEM building will support the ambitions of regional policymakers to enhance the skills base in Luton, extending opportunity for local residents and attracting investment to the region.”

– The University’s Vice Chancellor Bill Rammell

The building will also be home to a new Science and Engineering Outreach Centre, which will promote the value of science and engineering to local schools.

RG Carter has been involved in construction projects with universities and other education providers, including Norwich University College of Arts, Cambridge University, The University of East Anglia and Anglia Ruskin University.

The STEM building is due for completion in 2018.

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