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Searching for tomorrow's engineers

The UK is facing a skills shortage in engineering if more students don't take up the career.

That's according to Engineering UK which says many students, and most school teachers, don't know what's on offer in the industry and how to get into it.

To help buck the trend the Government is putting more money into apprenticeship schemes. David Wood reports.


Protesters to mourn the "death of democracy" as school becomes an academy

Cavell Primary School is set to become an academy today. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Protestors are set to gather at a Norwich primary school this morning to mark what they have called the "death of democracy" in the education system.

Cavell Primary School officially becomes an academy today.

It was placed in special measures last year but they soon removed and a recent Ofsted inspection found it was making good progress.

Parents and supporters signed a 2,000-strong petition against the imposition of the academy status, which was led by Norfolk County Council and the Department for Education.

The campaigners are due to hold a minute's silence outside the school at 9am.

The council says academy status is the best option for its long-term improvement.

Schools missing out on government funding

Schools can claim £900 for each pupil getting free school meals Credit: ITV Anglia

Schools across the region are losing more than twenty two million pounds a year in government funding because some parents aren't claiming free school meals.

Figures from the Department for Education show that twenty five thousand pupils aren't claiming the meals they're entitled to.

Schools are given an extra nine hundred pounds a year to help bridge the attainment gap between those claiming free school meals and those who aren't.

College to get new teaching centre

A plan of the new development

The College of West Anglia in Wisbech is to receive £4.6m from the Government to fund a £5.5m project to build a new teaching centre and refurbish existing buildings at its Isle campus in Wisbech.

The project should be completed by summer 2015 and will allow the college to cater for several hundred additional students.


Call for more vocational skills as jobless total rises

Unemployment figures show that the number of jobless in the East of England is rising - bucking the national downward trend. The latest figures for our region show 207,000 people out of work between September and November, a rise of 1,000 on the previous quarter.

But compared the same period last year, unemployment in the East is down by 12,000.

On the day the government announces changes to make A-levels more academic, education leaders in our region are saying more needs to be done to promote vocational training.

They say students are being steered towards gaining academic qualifications, and argue that vocational skills are just as valuable to the economy

College wins games-design recognition

The BA Games Art and Design degree course at Norwich University College of the Arts has been highlighted by the games industry as one of the best courses in its field.

The course has received formal accreditation from Creative Skillset, the industry body that supports skills and training for people in the creative industries, becoming only the fourth accredited BA course in the country and the first offered by a specialist institution.

Teenagers face scramble for clearing places

Teenagers who fall just short of their predicted A-level grades next week are set to face a scramble for the last remaining top university places.

Many leading universities have already declared they are full, and will not be entering clearing this summer, while others expect to have just a handful of places available, a survey by the Press Association suggests

The University of Cambridge will not be taking part in clearing.

The University of East Anglia said it would have a limited number of places available, but added it was currently seeking "well-qualified applicants" through adjustment.

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