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Over 90% children in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex got their secondary school place

Secondary school places were awarded today Credit: PA

Parents have been finding out whether their children have been accepted into the secondary school of their choice.

It's good news in the majority of cases with three counties in the East offering pupils their first preference over 90% of the time.

94% of children in Norfolk will start this September at their favoured school, while it's a similar story in Essex. That number drops slightly to just above 92% in Suffolk.

Anti-violence campaign in Norfolk schools a success says Chief Constable

Chief Constable Simon Bailey and Ann Bartlett Credit: Norfolk police

An anti-violence campaign which has been rolled out across schools in Norfolk has been such a success Norfolk Constabulary’s Chief Constable has promsied to back it for a second year.

The hard hitting "One Punch Can Kill” presentation has been seen by every Year 9 student across 48 schools in Norfolk since it was launched in September 2015.

The program was started and is presented by Ann Bartlett, the mother of a serviceman who was killed by one punch following a fight in a Portsmouth pub.

The presentations show young people he dangers of fighting and the potential for serious consequences.

"Ann demonstrates incredible strength and courage each time she delivers her presentations and if her message makes just one pupil think before they act we will have been successful."

– Simon Bailey, Chief Constable of Norfolk Police

"Before I started I didn’t realise how impactive the presentations would be. Whilst they are emotionally draining, they are worthwhile and I feel like I am really making a difference. For me it’s about raising awareness and educating young people about mindless violence whilst keeping Kyle’s name alive."

– Ann Bartlett


Hard-hitting play to raise awareness of child sex exploitation

'Alter Ego' production company are behind the drama. Credit: Chelsea's Choice.

A play is to be performed across Cambridge next month to raise awareness about the sexual exploitation of children.

Chelsea's Choice, which is supported by Cambridge City Council, is being staged at community centres over the next few weeks, and is free to over 13s in the hope of letting them know how to protect themselves.

Cambridge University failing in attempts to achieve equality

Only one in ten students at Cambridge come from poorer backgrounds. Credit: ITV Anglia.

The proportion of poorer students going to Cambridge University has fallen in the past decade despite attempts to boost numbers.

New figures show that of the country's top 24 universities Cambridge was one of the worst when it came to admitting disadvantaged teenagers.

Only one in ten students there come from poorer backgrounds.

The findings come weeks after Prime Minister David Cameron warned educational institutions they need to do more to tackle social inequality.

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