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Should formal education for children be delayed until 7-years-old?

A playground row has broken out between the Department for Education and some of the region's leading academics, about the best way to educate our youngest children.

In a letter published today by the Daily Telegraph, 130 education experts have urged the government to delay formal education until children are seven years old - saying that they risk being tested too much too young.

Click below to see a full interview with David Whitebread from the University of Cambridge:

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Indecent images of children - man jailed

Sam Dunn Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

A MAN who had nearly 22,000 indecent images of children on his computer has been jailed for 12 months. Sam Dunn, 24, from Wisbech, admitted three counts of distributing indecent images, four counts of making indecent images and eight counts of possessing indecent images of children

Police carried out a warrant at Dunn's home on October 9 last year after his internet provider address was linked to an account and a file sharing site which was sharing and distributing indecent images of children.

On a computer seized from Dunn's home, officers discovered he had distributed 630 indecent images of children, made 8,707 and possessed a further 8,411.

At Cambridge Crown Court, Dunn was sentenced to a year in prison, he was also made subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order for five years and put on the Sex Offenders' Register for seven years.

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Warning after children approached in Suffolk

Police are advising parents and children in the Great Cornard area, near Sudbury in Suffolk, to be vigilant after a number of incidents were reported of children being approached.

On Thursday afternoon a man approached a 10-year-old boy whilst he was walking along The Drift.

On the same afternoon, two 11-year-old boys and a 12-year old girl were followed in the same area, and a 9 year-old boy later reported a man jumping out of bushes as he walked along Hartest Way.

Police are investigating whether any of the incidents are linked.

We have arranged for officers to patrol key areas around school times in the morning and afternoon and will be working closely with local schools to ensure pupils are aware of the risks of walking alone. While we do not want residents to be alarmed we would ask that parents remain vigilant, children walk to and from school in groups and if anyone sees anyone acting suspiciously to call police immediately.

– Inspector Paul Crick, Suffolk Police

National Trust announces free weekend

National Trust venues across the region are opening their doors for free as part of its 50 things to do before you're 11¾ campaign Credit: ITV Anglia

National Trust venues across the region are opening their doors for free as part of its campaign, 50 things to do before you're 11¾ which aims to encourage children to enjoy outdoor pursuits.

The Trust has published a list of 50 things to do before you're 12, including building a den, skimming a stone, making a mud pie and flying a kite.

Venues across the region will have free entry on April 21 and April 22.

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