School-leavers across the Midlands will receive their GCSE results today.

GCSEs: What to do now you've finished?

All school-leavers must stay in education or training- but what if you don't know what to do OR you've missed out on the grades you wanted?

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Nicky Morgan asked to intervene in free school row

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has been asked to intervene in a row about the opening of a new free school in Leicester.

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The city's first Sikh school, Falcon Primary, was expected to open to its first students this morning.

Parents were told on Monday it would not open because conditions had not been met.

Peter Clarke stands by Trojan Horse report findings

The former counter terrorism chief Peter Clarke has been grilled by MPs following his report into the so-called Trojan Horse allegation made against some schools in Birmingham.

He was appointed by the then Education Secretary, Michael Gove, to look into the claims of an alleged Muslim extremist plot to infiltrate schools.

He stood by his report's findings at an Education Select Committee meeting.

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Peter Clarke to give evidence over Trojan Horse

The Birmingham City Council advisor who published a report into the so-called "Trojan Horse" allegations will give evidence to MPs later.

Peter Clarke will be questioned by the Education Select Committee about the alleged plot by extremists to take over some schools in the city.

Evidence will be given later today
Evidence will be given later today Credit: PA

Leicester school pupils enjoying free school meals as part of new Government measures

Children starting at primary school have one extra thing this year to look forward to - free school meals.

It was brought in as part of a raft of government measures to try to improve what children eat. The hot meals will be available to all four to seven year olds at state schools.

Nancy Cole's been to one primary in Leicester to see how they've been tickling the youngsters tastebuds.

New school to open after £26m transformation

The transformed City of Leicester College, which will be opened today
The transformed City of Leicester College, which will be opened today Credit: City of Leicester College

The City of Leicester College will be officially opened later, after a £26m transformation.

The new school includes an outdoor performance space.

The three mascots from the city's football, rugby and cricket teams will be there.

The transformed City of Leicester College, which will be opened today
The transformed City of Leicester College, which will be opened today Credit: City of Leicester College

Chatsworth trainee scheme for unemployed teens

Chatsworth has launched a traineeship programme to give young unemployed people the opportunity to gain skills
Chatsworth has launched a traineeship programme to give young unemployed people the opportunity to gain skills Credit: John Walton/EMPICS Sport

Chatsworth has launched a traineeship programme for unemployed youngsters, to give them the experience they need to secure a job.

Working with national training provider Babington Group, Chatsworth has introduced the 20-week programme to the first cohort of 12 young people aged from 16 to 19 years.

Designed for young unemployed people who have no work experience, the programme gives candidates the opportunity to work within different functional areas across the estate.

Traineeships involve visitor guiding, gardening, retail, and working in the farm shop and warehouse.

"Here at Chatsworth, we're keen to take an active part in helping young people in our local area into work."

– The Duke of Devonshire

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Adee Phelan shows you can still achieve without top GCSEs

With GCSE results out today, what happens if you don't get the results you want?

Adee Phelan is an example of what you can still achieve. He quit school at age ten - and is now hairdresser to the rich and famous, including the Beckhams, with a TV show on the way.

And while he wouldn't advise it as a life choice, he says he is proof you can still become successful - without those A-C grades. Mark Gough has been talking to him.

Student with incurable genetic condition earns 5 A-C grades

Aisha attends Beauchamp College in Oadby
Aisha attends Beauchamp College in Oadby Credit: ITV News Central

No-one was more delighted with their GCSE results today than 16-year-old Aisha Seedat.

The student from Beauchamp College in Oadby in Leicestershire has Morquio's Syndrome, a rare and incurable genetic condition which affects bone development and internal organs.

Aisha has spent her life going in and out of hospital and was also very poorly during the exams in June.

Aisha was pleased with her grades
Aisha was pleased with her 5 A-C grades Credit: ITV News Central

With the support of her teachers, she has managed to complete her GCSE studies in mainstream education and was today rewarded with passes in five subjects, gaining an A, a B and three Cs. It means she can now stay on to take her A-levels.

Nine A* GCSEs for Derby cancer research student

Ellie Mandale from Derby picked up 9 A* grade GCSE results today
Ellie Mandale from Derby picked up 9 A* grade GCSE results today Credit: Derby High School

A Derby student who is working in cancer research has been awarded 9 A* GCSE grades.

Ellie Mandale, of Longford, was one of the top achievers at Derby High School and said she was thrilled with her results.

The 16-year-old is in the middle of a work placement at a Nottingham University laboratory where scientists are looking at ways of detecting lung cancer early using blood tests.

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