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Six 'unwell' Luton schoolchildren taken to hospital

Six schoolchildren in Luton have been taken to hospital after becoming unwell at the start of school.

Three ambulances were called to Lealands High School in Sundon Park Road in Luton and took the children to the Luton and Dunstable hospital.

The alarm was raised after one student said he was unwell.

A spokesperson for the East of England Ambulance service said they were called to the 11 to 16 year old school at 8.34 this morning.

She said: "Six children have been taken to the Luton and Dunstable hospital in three ambulances. At this stage we don't know what caused them to become ill."

It isn't rocket science...

...but it is brain surgery - and in that field, Cambridge can boast the brainiest surgeons of all...

In a list ranking more than 300 departments across the country according to their academic achievements, neurosurgeons at Cambridge University Hospitals - which includes Addenbrooke's - came out on top.

The Department of Clinical Neuroscience at CUH provides services for nearly 5 million people. Credit: ITV

The study was produced by the Journal of Neurosurgery. CUH puts the success down to the benefits of continued close links between the Trust and the University of Cambridge.

The Department of Clinical Neuroscience at CUH provides services for nearly 5 million people.

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Luton school criticised for limiting girls to "knitting and sewing"

The Rabia School has been rated inadequate by Ofsted. Credit: ITV News Anglia

An Islamic school in Luton is "undermining British values" in the treatment of girls - according to Ofsted.

The Rabia School has been rated inadequate by the education watchdog.

Inspectors say boys and girls are not treated equally and they also believe that older girls don't have the same opportunities to study Science in a practical way, because they don't have the same access to laboratory facilities that the boys have.

While the boys visit a local sports centre with a chance to learn how to swim - the report says opportunities for girls to develop a range of skills in Physical Education are limited, because of the available outside space on their site.

Furthermore, the newly introduced Design and Technology curriculum is said to "limit girls to activities related to knitting and sewing."

However, the school says that there were also positive comments in the report.

"The Board of Governors take heart from the many positive comments that were included in the inspection report and we feel that with the hard work and dedication of everyone involved with the school; we have the potential and aim to be an "outstanding" school.

Our immediate focus is on making the improvements needed to raise standards.

The inspection has given us some very clear areas to work on and we are fully focused on continuing to work on these issues as quickly and effectively as possible; and at the same time continuing to improve standards we have already met.

All the standards not met were at the final stages of completion and had very little left to implement. We have already put an action plan in place to ensure this happens quickly and we meet all the standards."

– The Rabia School

NHS is on the agenda at the Prince William School in Oundle

With the General Election drawing ever closer ITV News has teamed up with schools across the region as part of our 'Election 2015 Schools Debate'.

One of the big challenges is getting more young people interested and involved in politics.

Sarah Beecroft has been along to Prince William School in Oundle where the NHS is on the agenda.

Click below to watch the report:

School Debate in Bedford

The countdown to the General Election in May is well underway - but one of the big challenges is getting more young people interested and involved in politics.

School Debate in Bedford Credit: ITV Anglia

To do that our Election 2015 School Debate for years eleven and above is underway.

If your class is doing anything to mark the election - we'd like to see you in action and maybe include you in our programme. You can get more details here

Sarah Cooper has been listening in on a debate organised by St Thomas More Catholic School in Bedford and you can see her report below

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Local schools to benefit as part of building programme

Details have been announced of which schools are going to get a share of £2 billion as part of a rebuilding and refurbishment programme.

A full assessment of the work needed will take place in April.

Schools to get part of £2 billion investment Credit: PA Wire

The local schools benefiting under the programme are:

Bedford Borough

Goldington Academy

Buckinghamshire

Burnham Grammar School

Cambridgeshire

Ramnoth Junior School

Bewick Bridge Community Primary School

Essex

Chipping Ongar Primary School

The FitzWimarc School

The Deanes School

Ramsden Hall School

Water Lane Primary School

Mark Hall Academy

Brentwood County High School

Hertfordshire

Aboyne Lodge Junior Mixed and Infant School

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

The Hemel Hempstead School

Barclay School

The Cavendish School

Turnford School

The Astley Cooper School

The Bishop's Stortford High School

Saint Mary's Catholic School

Mount Grace School

The John Henry Newman Catholic School

Saint Joan of Arc Catholic School

Tring School

Monk's Walk School

Leventhorpe a business and enterprise academy

Milton Keynes

Stantonbury Campus

Norfolk

Marshland High School

Nicholas Hamond Academy

Downham Market Academy

Norwich Road Academy

Attleborough Academy Norfolk

Northamptonshire

The Latimer Arts College

Suffolk

Stowmarket High School

Copleston High School

Samuel Ward Academy

East Point Academy

Ormiston Endeavour Academy

Mildenhall College Academy

Plans for new multi-million pound research centre

Plans for how the new building could look Credit: Suffolk County Council

Plans have been revealed for a new multi-million heritage and research centre for Suffolk.

The building would be a joint project between the county council and University Campus Suffolk in Ipswich.

It would create a new records office with enough space for another 20 years of archives, teaching rooms and a 200-seat auditorium.

The building would be based at the university campus in Suffolk Credit: Suffolk County Council

If approved by councillors, a heritage lottery grant bid will be submitted later this year.

"UCS welcomes the planned new heritage facility at the Ipswich campus. This will strengthen our existing plans to grow our heritage teaching and research, and will be a major boost to the local heritage community. The project will continue the transformation of the waterfront area, and will be a major factor in the development of heritage tourism in the town. The improved access to archive collections will provide many new opportunities for students and academic staff, and will raise the profile of UCS as a major centre for heritage studies"

– Tim Greenacre, Deputy Provost at University Campus Suffolk (UCS)

Row over closure of children centres rumbles on

An earlier demonstration against the closure Credit: ITV News Anglia

A decision to close nine children's centres in Suffolk has been challenged by the county's opposition councillors.

Last week, the County Council voted to close the sites to save £250,000 despite protests from parents.

However that decision has now been referred back to the authority's scrutiny committee by Labour councillors who claim government guidelines were not considered ahead of the vote.

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