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Anxious night ahead for A-level students

For thousands of A-level students who took exams at the beginning of the summer, the wait is nearly over - as tomorrow they get their results. Every year grades seem to improve, so will 2016 continue the trend?

With some headteachers warning results could be the most unfair in a generation because of changes to the appeals process, students will be on tenterhooks. Christine Alsford reports.

Interviewees: A level student and rally driver Catie Munnings; Ben Edmonds and Alisha Brown, A-level students; Timothy Jackson, College Principal at Andover College in Hampshire; and Professor Alan Smithers, Director, Centre for Education and Employment Research at the University of Buckingham.


How do you keep teenagers occupied during the holidays?

If you've got teenagers at home, you'll know it can be tough keeping them occupied during the six-week summer holidays - so how getting them outdoors ?

More than 60 youngsters are taking part in a project called the National Citizen Service. It's a government initiative that gives 15 to 17 year olds the opportunity to try activities, learn new skills and increase self-confidence. Liz Summers has been to see a group of teenagers who have already signed up.

More details about the National Citizen Service here.

Award nomination for life-saver Richard in workplace love story

We all like a love story don't we? Well, how about one with added workplace drama?

Richard Tucker from Crowborough has been nominated for an award after his quick-thinking actions helped save his fiancee's life!

The forklift truck driver - who's engaged to his boss - woke up one night to find her having a cardiac arrest.

Andy Dickenson has the story and spoke to Bridget Massey and Richard.

New student halls to ease pressure on city housing

An artist's impression of proposed East Slope redevelopment Credit: University of Sussex

Plans to create more student accommodation at the University of Sussex have been approved by Brighton & Hove City Council.

It means more than two thousand extra bedrooms will be created. They'll replace the existing East Slope housing dating back to the 1970s. It's the first stage of a £500m programme of investment to modernise and improve the campus.

This is an important project for the University so we’re very pleased with this outcome. This means that we will now be able to house more students in University-managed accommodation, which will take away some of the pressure of housing in the city.

We know that many of our former and current students have a great affection for East Slope, and our aim is to provide modern, affordable accommodation that recreates the fantastic social environment.

In considering the redevelopment options, we invited students to tell us what sort of facilities they would like to have in their accommodation and these results were fed into the design and planning process.”

– John Duffy, Registrar, University of Sussex

Veteran soldiers learn soldering for civilian careers

Military veterans, many of them medically retired after being injured in Iraq and Afghanistan, are being offered free courses in property maintenance.

Former members of the Armed Forces from all over the country are learning skills like plumbing and brick laying at Chichester College in West Sussex.

The training, designed to help them start new civilian careers, is provided by the charity Building Heroes. Kerry Swain has been to see the course in action:

You can find out more about Building Heroes which depends on charity fund raising on its website


Extra week's holiday for children in Brighton and Hove

Schools in Brighton and Hove will break up for an extra week in the Autumn - under radical new plans to make it more affordable for families to go on holiday.

It means the City Council is the first local authority in the country to change term-times - by reducing the summer holidays and extending the October half-term.

The number of fines given to parents for taking their children away during term-time has rocketed in recent years. But is everyone in favour of the changes? Tom Savvides spoke to Jodie Cutting, mother; Noah Myers father; Tom Bewick, Brighton & Hove Council, Lab; and Annie Heath, mother and campaigner.

Extra week's holiday for children in Brighton

An extra week's holiday for children Credit: ITV

The dates for new school holidays in Brighton and Hove have been announced.

The Autumn half term in October has been extended and will now be a fortnight long instead of the usual week.

The changes are intended to give families more flexibility around school term times.The move will come into effect a year from now.

Parents say why they take children away during term time

It was the work of a man from the Isle of Wight that's given hope to thousands of parents who face fines for taking their children on holiday during term time.

John Platt won a High Court case against his local council who tried to fine him after taking his daughter out of school, and now MPs are debating the issue.

Matt Price has travelled to Spain to catch up with a family who explained why they took the annual break in term time.

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