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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PICTURES: GCSE results day across the Midlands

Schools across the Midlands were today bracing themselves for a dip in GCSE results
Schools across the Midlands were today bracing themselves for a dip in GCSE results Credit: ITV News Central

Schools across the Midlands were today bracing themselves for a dip in GCSE results following a huge shake-up in the exam system.

For the first time, students sat final exams in the summer rather than being continually assessed in module units and the January exams were also scrapped.

For the first time, students sat final exams in the summer rather than being continually assessed
For the first time, students sat final exams in the summer rather than being continually assessed Credit: ITV News Central

Beauchamp College in Oadby in Leicestershire saw a slight fall in the number of students gaining 5 A*-C grades but experts say comparisons with previous years are virtually meaningless because of the scale of the reforms.

Beauchamp College in Oadby in Leicestershire
Beauchamp College in Oadby in Leicestershire Credit: ITV News Central

Despite the changes to exams though it was a record year for GCSEs at Haywood Academy in Burslem in Stoke-on-Trent.

Haywood Academy
Haywood Academy Credit: ITV News Central

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First World War poet's granddaughter speaks about his work

The granddaughter of one of the most famous First World War poets, Siegfried Sassoon, has told ITV News Central that her grandfather's words captured the feelings of a generation of young men, sent to fight in the trenches.

Kendall Sassoon, who lives in Kibworth in Leicestershire, says his writing is as poignant today, as it was a hundred years ago. Jane Hesketh reports.

Man injured after being run over by a parked car

After being run over by the parked car, the victim was taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary
After being run over by the parked car, the victim was taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A man has been run over by a parked car in Leicestershire.

He was crossing Station Road in Countesthorpe two weeks ago when the vehicle rolled back, knocking him to the ground and running him over.

The victim spent a night in hospital recovering from his injuries.

Rutland woman insulted and attacked by two men

Police are searching for two men who made homophobic comments to a young woman before assaulting her
Police are searching for two men who made homophobic comments to a young woman before assaulting her Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Police say a Rutland woman has been left "badly shaken up" by two men who attacked her after making homophobic comments.

The woman in her 20s was walking home down Burley Road in Oakham at 1.30am on Sunday when she was targeted.

The victim was hospitalised, and police are searching for the attackers, who are believed to be in their 20s and about 5ft 7in tall.

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Leicester City striker Vardy signs new four-year deal

Vardy (right) celebrates scoring last season
Vardy (right) celebrates scoring last season Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has committed his future to the club, after signing a new four-year contract at the club.

The 27-year-old joined Leicester in the summer of 2012 from Fleetwood Town, and has scored 21 goals in 70 appearances since.

He netted 16 times last season helping Leicester secure the Championship title, and winning the Players'Player of the Year Award form his team-mates.

I'm over the moon. We all know that the club wants to keep improving and stay in the Premier League, and I definitely want to be a part of that.

Everyone knows the way that I've come back into football (from non-league), and we managed to get promoted last season, but now it's all about making sure that we stay in the Premier League.

(Manager) Nigel Pearson brought me here and he wants the club to maintain their Premier League status. He was a big influence (on him signing a new deal) and now I've just got to repay him on the field.

– Jamie Vardy, speaking to lcfc.com

Midlands commuters will pay 3.5% more for rail fares

Commuters across the Midlands will face a 3.5% increase in rail fares next year.
Commuters across the Midlands will face a 3.5% increase in rail fares next year. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA

Commuters across the Midlands will face a 3.5% increase in rail fares next year.

According to the TUC a season ticket from Northampton to London is set to increase by £185 to £5,317 and Stoke on Trent to Birmingham New Street could rise by £102 to £2,934.

Prices have shot up by 25% since 2010.

£500,000 funding for vulnerable Leicestershire familes

£500,000 worth of funding for Leicestershire's most vulnerable families
£500,000 worth of funding for Leicestershire's most vulnerable families Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A £500,000 boost for Leicestershire's most vulnerable families has been announced by the government.

Supporting Leicestershire Families offers full time one-to-one support to more than 800 families.

The funding will help an additional 2,700.

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