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'Little battler' born 3 months early weighing just 1lb now starts school

Ethan Bird from Norfolk was born weighing just 1lb 1 ounce. Credit: Family photo

When he was born at 26 weeks weighing just over a pound the outlook for Ethan Bird didn't look good.

In his hospital cot he was dwarfed by his cuddly toy rabbit.

But Ethan, from Filby near Great Yarmouth, has proved everyone wrong overcoming plenty of problems and setbacks.

He was born in December 2012 when he was delivered 14 weeks early after his mother developed pre-eclampsia.

Ethan spent just about all of his first 18 months in various hospitals around the region, the Norfolk and Norfolk, the James Paget at Gorleston and Addenbrooke's in Cambridge.

Now to the delight of his mum and dad their 'little' battler has started school.

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Student with autism has college place withdrawn a week after term starts

Emma Parker is angry that her son's college place was withdrawn after one week. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A mother is fighting to get her autistic son back into college after his place was withdrawn after just a week.

James Parker, 16, was offered a place at City College in Norwich and started last Monday. He said he had a great week and told his mum it had been the best week of his life.

He has now been told there had been an error with his enrolment and he should not return to the college.

Norfolk County Council said it was unable to discuss individual case details.

A spokesperson said: "We have made repeated attempts over several months to speak to the family about James's future."

"We remain very keen to work with James and his family to secure the best possible outcome for his education and urge them to respond to our offers of a meeting as soon as possible to talk through the options

– Norfolk County Council


Cambridge mulls scrapping hand-written exam papers

The University is consultating on plans to use electronic devices Credit: ITV News Anglia

Cambridge University is looking at scrapping hand-written exams - breaking with more than eight centuries of tradition.

The move is being discussed as students increasingly rely on laptops or other electronic devices to take down notes in lectures.

Academics have said it is becoming "harder and harder" to read scripts provided by students, given they are not used to writing by hand.

"As a faculty we have been concerned for years about the declining handwriting problem," Dr Sarah Pearsall, a lecturer at the university's history faculty, told The Telegraph.

"It is harder and harder to read these scripts."

According to the newspaper, the university has now launched a consultation on the topic as part of its Digital Education Strategy.

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