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Four more free schools for the region

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The government has approved four more free schools for the region.

They will be at Alconbury and Chatteris in Cambridgeshire, St Clements Hill in Norwich and Saffron Waldon in Essex.

They were part of announcement by outgoing Prime Minister David Cameron of 31 new free schools around the country.

Free schools have been at the heart of this government’s education reforms which have seen more than 1.4m more children in good or outstanding schools since 2010.

More than 300 have been created since I became Prime Minister and 200 are set to open meaning tens of thousands more young people, many from disadvantaged areas, finally have a choice of a good education that helps them reach their full potential.

I am proud of what this government has achieved, working with heads and teachers to raise standards so that our young people have the best possible start in life.

– Prime Minster David Cameron

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Hundreds of schools affected by strike action by teachers

NUT teachers are to staging a one-day strike over pay and conditions. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Many schools in the Anglia region will be closed or just partially open because of a one day teaching strike.

The National Union of Teachers is in a dispute over contracts and funding.

The decision was criticised by the government which says the strike is not necessary.

You can check which schools are affected by clicking the links below

Teacher strike affects region's schools

The action was criticised by the government. Credit: ITV Anglia.

Some schools in our region will be closed or just partially open today because of a one day teaching strike.

The National Union of teachers is in a dispute over contracts and funding. The decision was criticised by the government in parliament yesterday.

"I'm sure that colleagues will condemn the strike action by the National Union of Teachers tomorrow which is both unnecessary and counter productive. It will harm children's education, inconvenience parents and damage the profession's reputation in the eyes of the public."

– Nicky Morgan, Education Secretary

Teachers' pop video treat for leaving pupils

School staff make pop video to entertain leaving pupils after exams. Credit: Downham Market Academy

For many teenagers, school's out for the summer at the end of the stressful exam season.

One school in Norfolk has gone above and beyond when it comes to putting a smile on their leavers' faces.

Staff at Downham Market Academy wanted to make the staff-student relationship less formal and have been dressing up and lip-syncing to Bonnie Tyler's hit Holding Out For A Hero.

Cambridge to hold National Spelling Bee final

104 schoolchildren will take part in the final of the competition. Credit: ITV Anglia

Children from across the country will have just 60 seconds to correctly translate and spell as many words as possible in the final of the National Spelling Bee competition in Cambridge today.

The field has been whittled down from 75,000 to just 104, who will compete in French, Spanish and German at the city's Anglia Ruskin University.

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Bedford welcomes 10,000 students for university convention

The two day convention is the largest of its kind in the East. Credit: ITV Anglia

More than 10,000 students from across the region will be at Bedford University today to learn more about higher education.

The two day UCAS convention - the largest of it's kind in the region - will see 16 & 17 year old from around Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire and Milton Keynes meet with institutions from all over the country.

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