A family from Bedfordshire are campaigning for more people to donate stem cells in memory of a much loved daughter and sister.
Teachers from across the region have joined a rally in Cambridge ahead of threatened strike action next month.
Nearly 30% of primary children in the East of England failed to reach the expected level in the new spelling, punctuation and grammar test.
Sara Knight, lecturer in early education at Anglia Ruskin University.
All of Norfolk’s schools are expected to be good or outstanding within three years, according to a report to be presented to councillors next week.
Members of the Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Panel will meet on Thursday 19th September to hear details about the County Council’s plan.
Two thirds of the county’s schools are now good or better, an improvement of 5% in primary schools and 10% in secondary schools since the autumn. In June inspectors visited the county and found that its arrangements for supporting school improvement were 'ineffective’.
– Mick Castle, Cabinet Member for Education and Schools
“This plan rightly sets extremely challenging targets for this council and all of the county’s schools. Our role is to support and challenge schools to deliver the very best education for their students and this plan reflects the much earlier intervention and tougher action we are taking to ensure that Norfolk’s schools improve.
As part of its strategy the Council has risk assessed all of the county’s state funded schools so that schools are clear on their current standing, regardless of whether they have had a recent Ofsted inspection.
A major increase in demand for primary school places is set to put pressure on local authorities in the Anglia region over the next few years.
By 2015, Costessey, near Norwich, will have at least 75% more children than there are places currently available.
According to figures from the Local Government Association, by September 2016, Central Bedfordshire will need to find 25% more places while in Peterborough pupil numbers will increase by at least 20%.
Schools are already having to convert spaces such as music rooms and libraries into classrooms.
Others have been forced to reduce playground space or expand class sizes, the LGA warned.
David Simmonds, chairman of the LGA's children and young people board, said councils were facing "unprecedented pressures" on school places.
More than a dozen new schools and colleges will open in the Anglia region this month as the government continues to expand its free school programme.
Among those opening their doors today are the River Bank Primary School in Luton and the Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form in Norwich.
Nine free schools will open across the region as well as two studio schools in Essex and Hertfordshire and two University Technical Colleges in Northamptonshire.
Prime minister David Cameron described free schools as "one of the most important reforms to education in this country for a generation".
Last night, Rachel de Souza, chief executive of the Inspiration Trust which is behind Norwich's new specialist science and maths sixth form, tweeted: "So grateful to all who have supported and helped get @6thFormFS built, painted and open, an amazing new school, what a privilege to be involved."
Councillors have confirmed they are set to go ahead with plans to close an Essex school.
The county council today said it had decided to publish statutory notices proposing the closure of The Deanes School in Thundersley, near Southend.
It follows a consultation with pupils, parents, teachers, and community groups.
Councillor Ray Gooding, cabinet member for education and lifelong learning, said the decision was based on declining pupil numbers.
He added: “It was never going to be an easy decision to propose the closure of The Deanes School but in making my decision I needed to take emotions out of the equation and focus firmly on the facts and figures which ultimately I believe make the school unviable.
Last week, parents, pupils and teachers staged a protest outside the county council offices in an attempt to save the school.
Tougher marking is being blamed for a drop in the number of top GCSE grades.
More than 600,000 teenagers across the country picked up their results on Thursday. The proportion of students getting A* to C grades fell. It was down to 68.1%, a drop of 1.3 percentage points. That's the biggest fall in the 25-year history of the GCSE qualification.
The overall pass rate also fell slightly to 98.8%
Part of the drop's being blamed on stricter marking by exam boards but despite those claims there was still plenty of cause to celebrate in the Anglia region.
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Students at the Malcolm Arnold Academy in Northampton have been celebrating getting their GCSE results.
Nearly half the pupils got 5 or more A* to C grades including English and maths which is up from 29% in 2010.
Executive Principal Toby Mullins said: "We're very pleased and happy that we've maintained the improvement that we showed last year. We're not quite where we wanted to be but this is a year of flux but we're just pleased that we've maintained that improvement and shown that we can do it."
Ipswich Academy is reporting a big jump in its GCSE results. The proportion getting five or more of the top A* to C grades rose from 41% to 64%.
The school, in Lindburgh Road, is also seeing greater numbers wanting to stay on for A-levels.
– Nancy Robinson, School Principal
“We have now turned the corner and there is an increasing sense of students aiming high and really wanting to achieve. This is also seen in the number of students wanting to stay on to our Sixth Form."
The OCR examination board says students taking GCSEs this year had the same chance of getting the same grade as last year.
OCR's Chief Executive Mark Dawe says the results for 16-year-olds are relatively stable but the overall picture is being affected by younger pupils taking exams early.
The proportion of pupils getting the top grades in GCSEs at a school in Norwich has risen to 75% this year compared to 38% just three years ago.
The Executive Principal of Ormiston Victory Academy in Costessey, Rachel De Souza, said: "I cannot tell you how proud and delighted I am. It's all come from hard work and commitment."