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Norwich to get share of £60 million to improve 'life outcomes' for young people

A share of £60 million of Government money will be coming to Norwich to help youngsters get a better start in life.

The city, which has been ranked as second from bottom in the UK for social mobility, is one of six 'opportunity areas' to receive funding, with more areas to follow.

The new Education Secretary Justine Greening visited City College to talk more about the plans.

Watch a video report by ITV News Anglia's Emily Knight

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West Norfolk teen speaks out against bullying

Amelie and her mother Claire at home in King's Lynn Credit: ITV News Anglia

A teenager from West Norfolk is speaking out against bullying after appearing in a video on social media.

Amelie Johnston, who is 13 and from King's Lynn, was attacked by a group of girls who filmed it on a mobile phone and posted it on the web.

Since then she's involved the police and is determined to stop it happening to others.

"I knew they were filming it. As soon as I got there I knew what they were doing. It's disgusting that they haven't got anything better to do than film someone being beaten up and put it on snapchat"

– Amelie Johnston

"it was horrifying to hear from a friend of Amelie's that she'd seen my daughter being beaten up on Snapchat. I've been contacted by lots of lots of other students and their parents saying thank you for making this visible because it's happened to them"

– Claire Johnston, Amelie's mum

Extra funding as Norwich named 'social mobility coldspot'

Norwich has been identified by the government as a 'social mobility coldspot' in need of additional education funding.

The Education Secretary Justine Greening says the city will be one of six new Opportunity Areas which will support children and young people in disadvantaged areas.

The government will give £60 million to the areas identified as facing challenges to social mobility. The cash will see tailored plans developed in collaboration with local communities, educational institutions and business organisations, aimed at unlocking the potential of children and young people.

Education Secretary Justine Greening has announced £60m of extra funding for 10 areas including Norwich. Credit: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

“Ensuring all children can access high-quality education at every stage is critical. This is about giving children in these areas the right knowledge and skills, advice at the right time, and great experiences.

“My department will work with local authorities, education and skills providers, businesses, and the wider community, not just to focus on what we can do to help inside schools, but also create the opportunities outside school that will raise sights and broaden horizons for young people.”

– Justine Greening, Education Secretary

Work due to start on multi-million pound academic centre in Milton Keynes

An artists impression of the new £8.5 million academic centre Credit: Milton Keynes University Hospital

Work's due to start on an £8.5 million academic centre at Milton Keynes University Hospital.

It'll include a simulated operating theatre, video link for live procedures and lecture theatre.

Medical students and staff will seal a time capsule which will be opened on 19th September 2116.

The state-of- the-art building is the result of a partnership between the hospital and the University of Buckingham Medical School, who are funding the project.

The new Academic Centre will provide an outstanding resource for medical education and training for students, doctors, nurses and health professionals throughout the hospital.

Shocking scale of sexual harassment of schoolgirls

A new report has highlighed what it describes as a shocking scale of sexual harassment and violence towards girls in some schools in the Anglia region.

The report suggests incidents are often under reported or not taken seriously.

A new report has highlighed what it describes as a shocking scale of sexual harassment and violence towards girls in some schools in the Anglia region. Credit: ITV News Anglia
  • Almost a third (29%) of 16-18 year old girls say they have experienced unwanted sexual touching at school.
  • Nearly three-quarters (71%) of all 16-18 year old boys and girls say they hear terms such as "slut" or "slag" used towards girls at schools on a regular basis and
  • 59% of girls and young women aged 13-21 said in 2014 that they had faced some form of sexual harassment at school or college in the past year.

Nene Park Academy in Peterborough take a very different approach.

ITV News Anglia has been taking to pupils at the school about their experiences.

Click below to watch a report by Matthew Hudson

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Corbyn attends anniversary of Burston school strike

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was among hundreds of people in Norfolk this afternoon, to mark the longest strike in British history.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was among those to gather in the village Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Burston School strike, which began when two progressive teachers at the village school were sacked, is seen as a key moment in the Labour movement and lasted from 1914 to 1939.

Unions now gather in the village annually to mark it's significance.

Some schools in east buck national trend in GCSE results

There's been a fall in A* to C grades at GCSE as thousands of students from across the region pick up their results.

Nationally the pass rate has declined sharply following government reforms which forced many teenagers to re-sit exams in English and maths.

However, some schools in the East have bucked the national trend and recorded some of their best results.

Watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Claire McGlasson.

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