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Government announces new taskforce of 'elite' teachers for rural and coastal schools

A pool of 'elite' teachers is going to be dispatched to struggling schools in coastal towns and rural areas in an attempt to reverse generations of underachievement.

It's in a package of measures announced by the Education Secretary Nicky Morgan.

A third of all schools in Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex are in rural areas which are often accused of underperforming.

Many are in pockets of poverty and their isolated locations mean they struggle to recruit and retain good teachers.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Natalie Gray


Children's Services in Norfolk still rated 'inadequate'

Norfolk's most vulnerable children are still being failed by the county's Children Services department in the latest report from the watchdog Ofsted.

Children's Services in Norfolk still rated 'inadequate' Credit: Ian West/PA Archive

Ofsted says Norfolk County Council Children's Services are "inadequate" and says there are "widespread or serious failures" that mean the welfare of looked after children is not safeguarded and promoted.

The Council welcomed the view of inspectors that "significant improvements" had been made since 2013 but disputed the final rating.

"There is much in the report that we welcome and agree with, which is why we can’t agree with its ultimate conclusion.

“But it is clear from the report that children are now much safer and better protected than they were two years ago."

– Cllr James Joyce, Chair of Norfolk's Children's Services Committee


Footballing legend opens primary school extension

Teddy Sheringham at the official opening of the primary school extension Credit: ITV News Anglia

A very famous footballing face has been to the opening of an extension to a primary school in Stevenage.

Former Manchester United, Spurs and England forward Teddy Sheringham now manages the town's League 2 side.

He took time out to visit the Roebuck School hoping to inspire the fans and players of the future.

Teddy Sheringham Credit: ITV News Anglia

"Well, that's the plan from Stevenage Football Club is to get all these youngs kids supporting Stevenage rather than the West Ham's and the Tottenham's. It's a lovely place to come down and watch, so come down and watch."

– Teddy Sheringham, Manager, Stevenage

Here's Matthew Hudson's report on Teddy Sheringham's school visit:

Respects paid to First World War heroine, Edith Cavell

Edith Cavell. Credit: ITV Anglia

Events are taking place in Peterborough today to mark the centenary of one of its First World War heroines

Edith Cavell was a nurse who helped allied soldiers to escape from German occupied Brussels. She was executed in 1915 by firing squad.

She attended Laurel Court School in Peterborough Cathedral Precincts as a teenager. For the next three days events will be going on at the Cathedral and Museum in her honour, and there will be a service of thanksgiving this weekend

Exactly 100 years to the day since Edith Cavell's execution, on Monday 12th October at 7.00am, a two minute silence will be observed in the Cathedral.

Seven year olds in Norfolk hold record reading results

Norfolk's 7-year-olds have posted record results in reading - with the county moving ahead of the national average for the first time.

Key Stage 1 results show that 91% of pupils achieved the expected level two or above in reading - up from 89% in 2014 and above the national average of 90%.

In writing and maths, Norfolk was in line with the national average with 88% achieving at least level two in writing and 93% in maths.

However reading for younger children is still behind the rest of the country. 73% of 6-year-olds passed the phonics check this year, up from 69% last year. Nationally, 77% passed the check.

"Getting early education right is crucial because results at five, six and seven give a good indication of how children will go on to achieve later in their education. Reading is particularly vital because it unlocks the rest of the curriculum for children, as well as providing a huge amount of joy. Whilst it is encouraging to go ahead of the national average on this measure and to be in line with the national average for writing and maths for seven-year-olds, there is still much to do if we are to collectively ensure that all of Norfolk's children are reaching their potential. We want Norfolk to not simply reach but exceed the national average across every key stage"

– James Joyce, Chairman of the Children's Services Committee at Norfolk County Council
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