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Free school meals for young pupils in the South

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Schools across the region will be rolling out free school meals from today as children head back for the new academic year. New rules - announced by the Government last Autumn mean that all pupils in reception and Years 1 and 2 will receive them. It's aimed at improving concentration in the classroom and promoting healthy lifestyle but many schools say they don't have the space or facilities to cope. And some local authorities say they are struggling to find the money to fund the scheme.

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Kids go hungry in summer months

by David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

It's the summer holidays so you might think for kids that means ice creams, fish and chips and lots of fun. But in fact too many children across the south east, are going hungry while they're out of school - because parents can't afford to feed them.

That, at any rate, is according to new research from the main foodbank charity, the Trussell Trust.

David Johns has been investigating, speaking to education consultant, Nigel Utton, and Mark Ward from the Trussell Trust.

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Schools prepare for 'variable' GCSE results

Teenagers are today waking up to their GCSE grades amid indications that some schools are seeing major changes to results.
Teenagers are today waking up to their GCSE grades amid indications that some schools are seeing major changes to results. Credit: PA

Schools preparing to receive their GCSE results today have been told to expect "variable" grades.

There are particular concerns among some headteachers about English and maths grades, according to initial reports.

The potentially unpredictable results are said to be due to significant alterations to the qualifications this year.

Brian Lightman, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, which represents a large proportion of secondary heads, said: "We are getting some individual reports of volatility, but we don't know about overall trends yet.

"Some schools have seen surprises. Some schools have seen results which are lower than expected."

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Tears of joy and disappointment for students

Top grades are up - and more teenagers than ever have won places at University. Tens of thousands of students received their A-level results today - and overall, there is the first slight dip in pass rates - the first time that's happened in more than 30 years. Right across the South there have been tears of joy and disappointment as pupils opened their envelopes. Many say it's been tougher than ever to gain good grades because of government reforms to the exam system. Our Social Affairs Correspondent Christine Alsford reports.

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