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'We are committed to making improvement' - education leader hits back after Ofsted criticism

Central Bedfordshire says a critical letter from Ofsted ignores the work being done in the county. Credit: Press Association.

Education leaders in Bedfordshire have hit back at inspectors following criticism about standards at the county's schools.

Central Bedfordshire council's director of children's services believes a letter sent to the authority by Ofsted completely fails to acknowledge the work being done to improve outcomes for children.

"I should point out that Ofsted inspectors have rated 86 per cent of our schools to be good or outstanding. Many individual school inspection reports cite good support from the local authority to secure school improvement and improved outcomes.

“Having already made significant improvements in GCSE results – something that Ofsted fails to acknowledge – we are committed to making the same improvements for every key stage and for all pupils regardless of their situation.

“We are collectively determined across all partners to make sure that all of our children and young people reach their full potential, and will not rest until outcomes for all pupils in Central Bedfordshire are among the best in the country."

– Sue Harrison, Director of Children's Services.


Scam phone calls trick elderly out of thousands

In the past week two elderly people have lost thousands of pounds.

People living in Stevenage are being warned of scam phone calls taking place there.

In the past week two elderly people have lost thousands of pounds when someone posing as a police officer investigating credit card fraud persuaded them to give up their bank details.

In the first case an 80-year-old man was contacted by a woman who claimed she was investigating theft and credit card fraud and managed to convince him to withdraw £7,000 from his bank.

An 80-year-old woman was also contacted by a woman claiming to be a police officer from the fraud squad in London who was investigating a 'massive fraud'.

The long-term health effects of childhood obesity

The long-term health effects of childhood obesity.

The long-term health effects of childhood obesity can include type 2 diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers.

There is also a real risk of premature death.

There are fears extremely overweight children tend to grow up to be the same in adult life.

Click below to watch a video report on the long-term effects of childhood obesity by ITV News Anglia's Natalie Gray

If you want to find out if you are a healthy weight you can use the calculator below.

This is a tool provided by NHS choices, and ITV is not responsible for either the tool or the results

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Special abuse training for Suffolk Police

£60,000 will be put into the initiative.

Police in Suffolk are to undergo special training to help them better support victims of domestic abuse.

It will be paid for by a £60,000 grant from the Police and Crime Commissioner and will be delivered to 749 officers and staff.

It comes in the wake of independent research last year which into how victims of domestic abuse considered they were supported in the county.

"Since being elected as Suffolk's Police and Crime Commissioner, I have placed great emphasis on the need to keep victims at the heart of our services.

This is especially relevant to dealing with domestic abuse. It is an integral part of my Police and Crime Plan and one of my top priorities."

– Tim Passmore, PCC
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