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Students give MP candidates an election grilling

School election debate at Thomas Gainsborough School in Sudbury Credit: ITV News Anglia

Students at a high school in Suffolk have been questioning the candidates hoping to be elected as MP at the General Election in May.

Among the topics covered in the hour-long debate were the economy and jobs, ending the monarchy and the question of leaving the European Union.

Thomas Gainsborough School in Sudbury has also been holding a mock election.

Watch the full debate between students and candidates by clicking below


New school for 2,200 to be built in Northampton

One of the largest free schools in the country is to be built in Northampton as part of the Government's latest expansion of its flagship education policy.

The Northampton Internation Academy will take 2,200 pupils. New free schools will also be built in Peterborough and Hertfordshire

David Cameron says if the Tories win May's election they'll roll out another 500 free schools across the country.

Click below to watch our report from Russell Hookey

Parents fight plans to close small rural schools

Mileham Primary School Credit: Mileham Primary School

There are fears that schools with just a few dozen pupils could soon be a thing of the past in rural Norfolk.

Councillors claim small schools don't perform as well as bigger ones and cost more to run.

In 2014 just under 68% of 10 and 11 year olds achieved the expected level 4 in reading, writing and maths at schools with fewer than 50 pupils.

That was more than six percentage points below the average for Norfolk schools - which was 74%.

Mileham Primary School in Mid Norfolk, which has just 28 pupils, is one that's ear-marked for closure. However parents and governors there say it would be a crime if it was shutdown.


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