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Increase in school places

More than nine in ten children in Essex will go to their parents first or second choice of primary school in the county.

The county council says its created more than three thousand new places for the current academic year.

Its also set aside three hundred and sixty thousand pounds to create more over the next 3 years.

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Thousands turn out for Science Festival

Thousands of youngsters in Cambridge have been finding out how they can use science in their everyday lives as part of a drive to get more of them interested in the subject. The annual University of Cambridge Science Festival allows children to take part in a range of activities.

Last weekend alone more than 20,000 people attended events around the City and it's hoped that figure will be beaten this weekend.

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What's the value of the government school league tables?

The latest school performance league tables have been released by the Department for Education - pitting the country's high schools, sixth forms and colleges against each other.

It was a mixed bag of results in the Anglia region in 2013.

While in the East of the Anglia region, Southend managed to finish in the top half of local authorities with more than 60 per cent of pupils achieving the government's gold standard at GCSE, Suffolk and Norfolk remain worryingly close to the bottom.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Education Correspondent Elodie Harper

OFSTED inspectors visit Suffolk County Council

The OFSTED team will be at the council offices all week Credit: ITV Anglia

Education inspectors are visiting Suffolk Councy Council to see if the council has improved performance at schools in the county.

If follows a previous inspection which was critical of the way the council dealt with under performing schools.

OFSTED says its team will be finding out how the council supports and challenges schools in the county to improve.

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