The Education Secretary says he will take action to improve one of the region's struggling academies. The Basildon Academies in Essex cost £50m to set up, but last year they were placed in special measures.
On the day new figures show the number of academies in our region is now greater than the national average, our Education Correspondent Elodie Harper reports on the questions being raised about the government's academy programme.
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Saturday will be the best day this weekend before rain on Sunday.
Clacton MP Douglas Carswell admits that he feared for his safety when he was mobbed group of anti-austerity protesters outside Westminster.
This evening's showers will ease and then it will be a fine start to the weekend before rain arrives on Sunday.