There's been success amongst primary schools in teaching children the three Rs.
Figures out today show all counties across the region are beating new Government targets for standards in maths and English.
But we're still not doing as well as other parts of the country.
Nationally 79 per cent of children reach those standards by the time they leave primary school.
Here schools in Hertfordshire, Milton Keynes, Cambridgeshire and Essex all achieve that or better - but children elsewhere still aren't reaching average standards of numeracy and literacy.
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Further one in eight expect to be aged between 71 and 80 years when they finally stop work, according to survey.
Starting dry today before further rain or showers blow in. Becoming very windy through the afternoon with gales possible in places.