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NHS tops poll as most important issue to students

An election debate featuring MPs from all five English parties has been held at Birmingham City University this evening as a poll conducted by the university finds that the NHS is the most important issue to students.

A debate featuring all five English parties took place at Birmingham City University this evening Credit: Joseph Devo

The results mirror the latest Ipsos Mori monthly issues index, which polls the wider population and frequently shows the NHS as the number one priority for voters.

Nearly 20 per cent of student respondents said the NHS was the most important issue to them, closely followed by immigration at 17.6 per cent. The same percentage was returned for tuition fees, closely followed by unemployment at 12.8 per cent and low wages at 11.7 per cent.

Our poll shows that students place the same amount of importance on the future of the NHS as the wider population.

We are the region’s largest provider of qualified health and social care professionals to the NHS, and many of our students feel passionately about it as an election issue.

– Louise Toner, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences, Birmingham City University

A new poll asking students 'Which party are you planning on voting for?' goes out today.

Work starts on new school in Nottinghamshire

The new project will include a three story building and a new sports hall. Credit: Arnold Hill Academy

Work on a new £14 million pounds school building gets underway in Nottinghamshire today.

1,700 pupils will benefit from the state-of-the-art three storey building at Arnold Hill Academy.

The new three storey square building will have a 4-court indoor sports hall and theatre with moving walls will form the centre of the block with classrooms, including a dance studio, ICT rooms, food rooms and art rooms, wrapped around them.

New outdoor sports facilities will also be created including 2 football pitches, 2 rugby pitches and a 300m grass running track.

The lower school building and sixth from centre will remain but all three buildings will be closer together, which staff say will reduce the walk from one site to another.



Verdict due in headmistress misconduct hearing

A disciplinary panel will announce whether it finds a sacked headteacher from Nottinghamshire guilty of unacceptable professional misconduct this morning.

Margaret Gretton is facing allegations of racism, discrimination of special needs pupils and bullying Credit: ITV News Central

Margaret Gretton was dismissed from her job at Burton Joyce Primary School in 2013 after a special investigation by ITV News Central.

The panel considering her case has heard a range of allegations including racism and discrimination against children with special needs.

Miss Gretton denies all the allegations against her.

Ofsted 'will consider report recommendations carefully'

Ofsted welcomes today's report and will consider its recommendations carefully.

As the chief inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw, made clear to the committee last year, sudden changes in governance and leadership can have a significant impact on the standards in education.

These Birmingham schools were no exception.

Ofsted is committed to ensuring that such drastic declines are not repeated elsewhere and will continue to work closely with other agencies to identify and investigate any areas of concern.All schools have an expectation on them to teach values such as tolerance and the rule of law and prepare pupils for life in modern Britain. This is outlined in guidance issued by the DfE and Ofsted inspects schools against the criteria in this guidance.

– Ofsted spokesman
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