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Primary school places - has your child got theirs?

It is a big day for thousands of children as they discover which primary school they'll be going to in September

A break down of the school figures from all our major councils.

We'll have more as we get them.

North Somerset Council:

  • 86% allocated a place at their first preference school, 6.7% their second and 2.8% their third.
  • 95.5% received one of their three preferences. (Compared to 94.9% last year.)
  • 111 students out of 2,463 applications have not been offered any of their preferences. (Compared to 118 last year.)

Bristol City Council:

  • 84% received their first school preference. (Compared to 82% last year.)
  • 95.6% received one of their three preferences. (Compared to 94% last year.)
  • On-time applications dropped slightly this year to 5,404 down from 5,461 last year.

Gloucester City Council:

  • 88% have been offered their first preference (Compared to almost 90% last year.)
  • 96% have received one of their three preferred places.

Swindon Borough Council:

  • 93% have been offered their first preference. (Compared to 92% last year.)
  • 98.1% received one of their three preferences. (Compared to 98% last year.)

Bath and North East Somerset:

  • 88% have been offered their first preference.

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Anxious wait over as primary school places released

It is a big day for thousands of children as they discover which primary school they'll be going to in September

It is a big day for thousands of children as they discover which primary school they'll be going to in September.

Offers of places were sent out this morning, with many of our West Country councils reporting that the numbers of those offered one of their top three schools were up on last year.

But we want to hear from you - did you get one of your top choices? Let us know via email, or on Facebook.

Students predicted to turn out in huge numbers to vote

University students are expecting to turn out to vote in huge numbers, a new survey has revealed.

A huge 85 per cent of Britain's two million students will cast their ballot next month, rising to 91 per cent in Scotland.

University students are expecting to turn out to vote in huge numbers, a new survey has revealed Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

And as for who they'll vote for - David Cameron tops the poll as the most popular over Ed Miliband in both England and Scotland.

The survey - commissioned by Unite Students, the UK's leading provider of student accommodation - reveals turn out among the student population will be far higher than the total national turnout for the 2010 general election.

But despite the huge interest in voting, students are deeply pessimistic about the likelihood of the election making their lives better.

Two thirds think their lives will be worse - no matter what the outcome of May 7's vote.

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Teachers at Wellsway School strike

Wellsway School in Keynsham Credit: ITV News

Teachers at Wellsway School in Keynsham are striking today.

Members of the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers, NASUWT, are protesting about workload. The strikes are the first of six days of planned action by the union.

The school has been in negotiation with both unions, but despite reaching an agreement with the National Union of Teachers didn't do so with the NASUWT.

In that letter, Andrea Arlidge, headteacher of the school, and head of school Simon White said the dispute was over "measures that we had taken to help improve the quality of teaching that your children receive".

Ms Arlidge and Mr White said the NASUWT was especially concerned over the "additional work" it felt these steps would involve.

I regret that the NASUWT has decided to take industrial action on Wednesday 11th March, but welcome the decision of the NUT not to do so. We have worked hard to meet staff concerns about workload whilst ensuring we continue to work towards the improvements we believe are vital to Wellsway's continuing success.

– Andrea Arlidge, Headteacher

The strike action is completely avoidable. The NASUWT has made every effort to secure an agreed way forward through genuine negotiation, but the employer has failed to effectively address the serious concerns of members.

The teachers at Wellsway are all dedicated and committed members of staff, who have no wish to cause disruption to pupils or to parents, but in the face of the employer’s intransigence have been left with no choice but to protest in this way.

– Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT

The NUT responds to Cameron's free schools

The NUT maintains that the free school policy has diverted funds into a small number of schools and prevented Local Authorities opening schools where most needed. Free Schools do not raise standards. What does is teaching.

Supporting teachers in developing their classroom practice through high quality CPD and more time to teach, rather than meet arbitrary Government targets, should be the aim of any Government, not introducing market forces into education.

– Lisa Middle, Secretary of Bristol Division NUT

Labour slams Government's decision to open more free schools

Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt has slammed David Cameron's decision to open more free schools across the country.

The Labour minister says it was the "wrong policy, at the wrong time, in the wrong place", and was putting money into areas it was not needed. He claims the money could have been spent better in reducing class sizes and raising teaching standards.

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