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Round-up of South East school performance tables

Hundreds of schools across the region have been finding out how their pupils fared in this year's official GCSE performance tables.

It's the last year that schools will be judged on their raw grades as we move towards more emphasis on progression.

Our social affairs correspondent Christine Alsford joined Fred and Sangeeta.

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Fred steps into Tim Peake's shoes - and takes a look at an astronaut's bedroom

Tomorrow Major Tim Peake will climb out of the International Space Station and become the first official British astronaut to walk in space. For the 43 year old from Chichester it will be the culmination of years of training - but it doesn't end there.

In the second of two special reports, Fred takes us behind the scenes of the European Space Agency in Cologne to show how Major Tim prepared for his mission, but just what is it like to live and work in space?

Fred finds out by asking Jules Grandsire and Dr Rudiger Seine of the ESA, as well as Tim himself.

University of Oxford welcomes Vice Chancellor

The University of Oxford officially welcomed its new Vice Chancellor today - the first time a woman has been installed to the post.

In her first major speech she criticised the over-regulation of higher education - and promised to spearhead moves to attract a wider range of students.

Our social affairs correspondent Christine Alsford met the woman who now has the job of preserving the performance and prestige of the dreaming spires.

New Vice-Chancellor sets out her agenda

Oxford University’s new Vice-Chancellor, Professor Louise Richardson Credit: Christine Alsford

Oxford University’s new Vice-Chancellor, Professor Louise Richardson has set out her agenda for a fast-moving University with the capability to transform lives globally.

Speaking as she was installed as the 272nd Vice-Chancellor in Oxford’s history, Professor Richardson called on the University to show ‘agility’ in an era of globalisation and technological change.

She also urged colleagues to maintain a long-term perspective in addressing the challenges of the future.

New grammar school "expensive and impractical" says new campaign group

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A newly formed campaign group against plans to build a new grammar school in Kent says the plans are 'expensive and impractical' and 'bound to fail.'

The Kent Education Network says the proposals which will see the Weald of Kent school in Tonbridge create a new annex in Sevenoaks will not solve the problem of pupils having to travel ten miles each day to school.

Weald of Kent refuses to provide parents and residents with details of how the complicated logistics will work, despite a Freedom of Information request asking for this information. But it is our considered view that the hidden complications of the plan will result in teaching staff being forced to take over an hour travelling between the two sites most days if courses are to be duplicated on both sites.

– Joanne Bartley, Kent Education Network
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