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Ofsted: Somerset Children's Services 'inadequate'

Two of Somerset's Children's Centres were judged inadequate by Ofsted Credit: PA

Ofsted has published a damning report into the quality of children's services in Somerset.

The education watchdog says the county council is "not providing good enough support for its most vulnerable young people and families".

One third of the 39 places inspected were seen as less than good with six of them judged inadequate. Somerset county council says it will make urgent improvements.

We looked at provision for 13,500 children - that's the number of children whose lives are touched by those children's centres and both those centres were inadequate. So really quite shocking statistics in terms of the number of children who are not getting what they need.

– Bradley Simmons, Ofsted Regional Director

Prince Charles opens engineering festival in Stroud

Prince Charles samples a milkshake - part of a competition sponsored by Dairy Crest to interest local schoolchildren in creating new products Credit: ITV News
The Prince meets local schoolchildren at the Stroud Festival of Manufacturing and Engineering Credit: ITV News

The Prince of Wales has been out and about in his home county of Gloucestershire.

He met schoolchildren, business reps and organisers before opening Festomane, The Stroud Festival of Manufacturing and Engineering. It was founded in 2012 to promote Stroud's heritage and showcase local employment and training in the sector.

Prince Charles takes a close look at a school engineering project Credit: ITV News

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Moorland village hall reopens 9 months after flooding

Moorland and District Village Hall Credit: ITV West Country/David Woodland

A village hall on the Somerset Levels has reopened nine months after being flooded.

Moorland and District Village Hall has been officially reopened at a ceremony this evening. There has been a portable building in its place for nine months. 120 people from the local community were invited to the event.

Marking boycott at Bristol and Bath universities

An assessment and marking boycott at the Universities of Bath and Bristol will begin today.

University and College Union members will stop marking work and conducting examinations - but will continue to carry out other academic duties.

The dispute is over changes to staff pensions. Staff from 67 other universities across the country will also be taking part in the boycott.

Wills Memorial Building, Bristol University. Credit: PA

Ian McKellen gives students exam advice

Lord of the Rings actor Sir Iain McKellen had some stern words for the pupils at Chew Valley School near Bristol during a recent visit. He was visiting the school to celebrate their work promoting human rights, opposing bullying and homophobic language and behaviour at school.

They recently addressed a Stonewall Conference in London and were made Stonewall Champions. Stonewall is an organisation set up by Sir Iain McKellen promoting equal rights.

But Sir Ian had some stern words for the students at the school, warning them of what might happen if they failed to revise for their exams....

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Sickness bug closes South Gloucestershire school

Two Mile Hill Primary School is due to re-open on Monday after a deep clean Credit: ITV News

A South Gloucestershire primary school's been forced to closed after dozens of children and teachers came down with norovirus.

Two Mile Hill School in Kingswood will be closed until Monday to allow for deep cleaning.

Two Mile Hill Primary School in Kingswood Credit: ITV News

Motorists in Bristol not stopping for lollipop people

Safety campaigns warns drivers to keep a look out for lollipop people Credit: PA

A new safety campaign has launched in Bristol to remind drivers to look out for lollipop people. A report by School Crossing Patrols has found an increasing number of motorists are failing to stop at crossings. The city's Mayor George Ferguson is supporting the initiative.

Weston College to run a new Free school in Bristol

Dr Paul Phillips OBE, Weston College Principal and Chief Executive, Credit: Weston College

A new Free School for Bristol, backed by Weston College has been given the go-ahead by the government.

The Bristol Futures Academy will be part of the multi-academy trust created and sponsored by the College. It will aim to give new opportunities to pupils who have found the education system challenging and will hope to motivate them and raise their ambitions.

In the first phase, 25 pupils aged between 14 and 16 will attend BFA. This is expected to rise to 100 pupils as the provision develops. At the moment a site for the BFA has not been identified, but College managers will now begin the process of looking for a suitable building in Bristol.

"This is excellent news, both for the College and the Bristol pupils we will now be able to support. We believe that all young people are entitled to an inspiring and engaging education which will enable them to aspire to and achieve meaningful and productive futures, both in terms of careers and in personal independence and an ability to make a positive contribution to society."

– Dr Paul Phillips, Weston College Principal and Chief Executive,
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