Good & outstanding schools increased

New figures from OFSTED claims more and more children in the south west are going to schools rated as 'good' or 'outstanding' schools

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Major decline in West Country bee species

A bumble bee. Credit: PA

75% of the most threatened bee species have been lost to some of the region's counties.

A report by nature conservation charity Buglife says the large garden bumblebee (Bombus ruderatus) is still found in Gloucestershire and Somerset, but over the past 50 years has disappeared from Dorset and the far South West.

The increased use of pesticides and unpredictable weather have contributed to their decline.

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House prices to rise

House prices in the South West will jump 7% next year, according to a new forecast from property experts, RICS.

It says there is increasing demand but also a shortage of new properties coming on to the market. It claims the cost of renting the home will rise by 2%.

House prices in the South West are forecast to rise by 7% in 2014. Credit: ITV News West Country

Ofsted: poorer children in SW 'not doing well enough'

OFSTEDā€™s first-ever South West annual report says the proportion of good or outstanding schools in the region has increased.

But it says that children from poorer backgrounds are not doing well enough.

Bradley Simmons is Regional Director for the South West at OFSTED.

He's been speaking to ITV West Country's Ian Axton.

He told him that in more affluent areas, as well as in more economically deprived communities, pupils eligible for free school meals do not achieve as well as their peers.

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Kids from poorer backgrounds not doing well enough

The report said pass rates of children from poorer backgrounds are 'well adrift' from national pass rates Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Too many children and young people from poorer backgrounds in the South West are not doing well enough according to a report from Ofsted.

The report said despite the increase in 'good' or 'outstanding' schools in the region, pass rates of children from low income families are much lower than the national pass rates.

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