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Education Secretary opens learning centre at Caterpillar in Desford

The Education Secretary and Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan has been at the Leicestershire headquarters of digger manufacturer Caterpillar.

Nicky Morgan MP arrives at the centre Credit: ITV News Central

She's been there to open a new Learning and Inspiration Centre designed to get more schoolchildren interested in science and engineering.

The centre provides hands-on activities for youngsters such as assembling digger parts and designing components.

Caterpillar based in Desford has struck up an educational partnership with Birmingham Metropolitan College. Together they set up an Apprentice Academy in 2011 which has seen 550 young people go through its doors.


Nottingham school Principal: Justice has been done

The Principal of the school in Nottingham, who has been told today that his school will finally be rebuilt, says justice has been done.

Staff and pupils at Top Valley Academy have been waiting for more than four years for areas of the site to be rebuilt.

Peter Brown says the announcement that contractors have been appointed to start work next year means that children at Top Valley will soon be 'on a level playing field' with those at other nearby schools where improvements to buildings have already been made.

Picture shows how Nottingham school could look after rebuild

This picture shows how a school in Nottingham could look after it is rebuilt.

How the school is expected to look once rebuilt Credit: ITV News Central

Top Valley Academy has been waiting for four years, but it has finally been told that contractors have been appointed to rebuild the site. Work is due to begin in Spring.

Top Valley as it looks now Credit: ITV News Central


Warwick student protestors ordered to leave by High Court

Student protestors at the University of Warwick have been ordered by a High Court repossession order to end their sit-in.

Protesters were occupying the Roots Building at the university for more than a week.

The protest was held over the way a previous anti-fees demonstration was broken up.

West Midlands Police is investigating whether 'disproportionate force' was used in the original protest.

Three people were arrested during the disorder at the original Coventry campus protest on Wednesday 3rd December.

We are glad the protest has now ended peacefully

– Peter Dunn, University of Warwick spokesman

People have been forced to go because the university has effectively made them criminals if they stay.

– Hattie Craig, national campaigner against student fees

Main headlines from OFSTED report in West Midlands

The main headlines from the OFSTED report for the West Midlands have been revealed.

The quality of secondary schools is inconsistent across the region Credit: PA
  • The proportion of good or outstanding primary schools in the West Midlands continued to increase in the past year
  • Nearly eight out of 10 children in the West Midlands attend a primary school that is good or outstanding. However, almost 100,000 primary aged children attend schools that are less than good.
  • The West Midlands performs broadly in line with England as a whole at secondary level, with 70% of schools judged good or outstanding
  • The quality of secondary schools is inconsistent across the region; only in five local authority areas have there been improvements in the past 12 months. In some local authorities only just over half of secondary school pupils.
  • Despite a strong improvement in the performance of further education providers, 12 colleges are still not good enough
  • School-to-school support needs to be extended to all LA areas to help headteachers develop their knowledge and leadership
  • Local Enterprise Partnerships need to engage more meaningfully with the FE sector
  • Birmingham will remain a focus of Ofsted’s work in the region to ensure a safe learning environment for young people

Main headlines from OFSTED report in East Midlands

The main headlines from the OFSTED report for the East Midlands have been revealed.

79% of primary schools are rated good or outstanding Credit: PA
  • 70% of secondary schools are rated good or outstanding
  • 79% of primary schools are rated good or outstanding
  • But this is slightly down on the national average
  • Only 33% of children who get free school meals obtain 5 A* - C grades at GCSE
  • That is compared to 63% who don't take free school meals obtaining 5 A* - C grades
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