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Hants & IoW to host first ever teacher recruitment fair

Schools have found it hard to recruit strong fields of candidates to vacant teacher posts Credit: Press Association

More high quality teachers are sought for schools in Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight, prompting the two local authorities to host their first ever Teacher Recruitment Fair.

Taking place on 28 January 2015, from 12 noon to 7pm, at The Guildhall, Winchester in Hampshire, the councils are keen to attract high quality experienced and newly qualified teachers from Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and further afield.

Due to growth in pupil numbers as a result of both birth rate increases and new housing developments, we are faced with the need to create new school places and, over the coming years, will be opening more new schools.

Like other parts of the country, recently our schools have found it more challenging to recruit strong fields of candidates to vacant teacher posts. This is despite the attraction of a competitive salary and the opportunity to live and work in a place where there is unspoilt countryside, vibrant cities and a thriving economy.

– Councillor Peter Edgar, Executive Member for Education at Hampshire County Council

First new grammar school in Kent for more than 50 years?

A decision on whether or not to allow a new grammar school in Kent could now be only days away. New grammars that select pupils on the basis on academic ability are officially banned.

So the school in Sevenoaks would be run as an annexe to an existing girls' school nine miles away in Tonbridge.

If approved by the Education Secretary, it would be the first new selective state school for more than 50 years.

Our social affairs correspondent Christine Alsford was given exclusive access to the school behind the bid as they wait for news.

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University of Kent awarded £3.5 million for 'world-leading' research

The University of Kent has been given a multi-million pound grant to carry out research at their School of Biosciences.

The £3.5 million will help scientists to look into creating cells with an enhanced utility, which could go towards improvements in medicine and industry.

The money will go towards funding 'cutting-edge' research Credit: PA

It is one of five universities to be given the grant by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, which recognises 'world-leading' projects .

Other universities awarded the grant are Oxford University, the University of Manchester and the University of Glasgow.

More resources for schools taking part in the ITV News election debate

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TV News Meridian is delighted to announce that our recently launched 'Election 2015 School Debate' is now being supported by a specially curated selection of resources provided by?Parliament's Education Service.

Parliament’s Education Service works closely with schools and students to inform, engage and empower young people to understand, and get involved in, parliament, politics and democracy.

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Holly Greenland, Parliament's Learning Resources Manager, said: "The ITV Regional News 'Election 2015 School Debate' project is a great way to help children build debating skills and engage them with the political process, which is?especially relevant in this General Election year.”

To support this project, Parliament’s Education Service has curated a selection of their relevant films and resources to give schools access to useful information for holding a debate, running a mock election and more.?

Just head to Parliament's Education Service websitewhere you'll find all the debate and election resources relevant for your school.

Get involved in the Election 2015 debate

The General election is one of the big stories of 2015. Could there be another coalition? What will be the big issues that decide the outcome here in the Meridian region?

As part of our coverage- we are looking at ways to get the younger generation engaged with politics- so if you're a school pupil or a teacher this may interest you. Here's Fred and Sangeeta to tell you how

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Fred joins in the festive fun at school nativity play

What does Christmas mean to you? A time for family, friends - forgiveness?. Well for children - it is, of course, one of the most exciting times of the year - the prospect of Father Christmas visiting and leaving a special something in return for a glass of sherry and a mince pie.

It's also a time of the annual school nativity. Fred went along to one primary to get a 'Child's Eye' view of Christmas.

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