Oscar Smith is working on a farm in Norfolk ahead of a part-time five-year degree course at Easton and Otley College.

Farmers urged to employ more apprentices

Farmers across the region are being urged to employ more apprentices to make sure agriculture remains a key industry in the local economy.

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First World War Centenary: A School Report from the Open Academy in Norwich

This tale was sent in by 14-year-old Ethan Harvey, a First World War enthusiast from The Open Academy in Norwich.

He told ITV News Anglia he wanted to tell us about a soldier who was involved in one of the most famous stories from the Great War.

And, when it comes to re-creating it, Ethan has been meticulous - right down to building his own trench.

This is the story of one soldier's life in the trenches.

First World War Centenary: A School Report from Ashton Middle School in Dunstable

Earlier this year, ITV News Anglia launched its First World War Centenary School Report and asked children from across the region to tell us a Great War story from their area.

The last in our series has been made by year eight pupils at Ashton Middle School in Dunstable.

Pupils there have been looking at the stories of their school's former pupils who fought in the Great War, the sacrifices made, and what Armistice Day means to them.

Parents protest over classroom technology after they're asked to buy iPads for their children

Parents in Bedfordshire have formed a protest group against their school which is suggesting they pay up to £300 pounds for their child to own an iPad.

Biggleswade Academy says the mobile learning scheme for Years 5 and 6 is optional but parents say they feel pressured into taking part in case their child misses out in the classroom

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Elodie Harper

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Bedfordshire: Parents angry at plans for kids to use their own iPads at school

Biggleswade Academy wants to launch a mobile learning scheme.
Biggleswade Academy wants to launch a mobile learning scheme. Credit: PA

Parents from a school in Bedfordshire have formed a protest group against plans for every child in year 5 and 6 to own an iPad.

Biggleswade Academy wants to launch a mobile learning scheme, which would see them using their own iPads at school.

But some parents have hit out at the plans, which asks them to buy the equipment if they can afford it.

The school says the scheme's voluntary, and a limited number of iPads will be available for students who don't have their own.

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Term time holiday test case: Lawyer's statement

Lawyers from Liberty, representing James and Dana Haymore from Essex, who are being prosecuted for failing to ensure that their son “regularly attended school” have released a statement following the latest court hearing.

The couple, who are originally from the USA, were refused permission to take one of their children out of primary school for a family reunion in America intended to commemorate Mrs Haymore’s grandfather, who had recently died.

“Common sense must prevail here. Is criminalising parents for taking their children out of school for momentous family events really the best use of Council resources, court time and public money? The rules that led to the Haymores’ ordeal go no way towards addressing the deeper and more complex social problems that contribute to some children repeatedly missing school.”

– Rosie Brighouse, Liberty’s Legal Officer

Term-time holiday test case adjourned

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Colchester Magistrates have adjourned the term-time holiday case until October. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A test case which challenges fines imposed on parents who take their children out of school during term time has been adjourned at Colchester Magistrates' Court.

James and Dana Haymore have pleaded not guilty a charge of failing to ensure their child attends school. The family took their three children out of Chancellor Park Primary School in Chelmsford for a trip to America for a memorial service.

The case relates to one of the children who the court heard had an 87% attendance record.

The couple is claiming the prosecution is a breach of their human rights and the children's right to a family life. The case was adjourned until 10 October.

Family challenges prosecution for term-time 'holiday'

James and Dana Haymore arriving at Colchester Magistrates' Court in Essex.
James and Dana Haymore arriving at Colchester Magistrates' Court in Essex. Credit: ITV News Anglia

James and Dana Haymore have arrived at court in Colchester as they face prosecution for taking their three children out of school in Essex to attend a memorial service in America.

The couple are to challenge the case claiming it breaches their human rights and it could be a test case against a government clampdown on children missing school for term-time holidays.

Mr Haymore, who works for banking giant J.P. Morgan, is being prosecuted for taking his three children out of Chancellor Park Primary in Chelmsford without permission. He is expected to argue that the decision to prosecute him is a breach of the Human Rights Act and his children's right to a family life.

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