A new report says more than a fifth of children in the south west are separated from their brothers and sisters when placed in foster care during the last financial year. The statistics are revealed in a Freedom of Information request from Action for Children. It wants more foster carers to come forward to make sure siblings aren't split up.
Thousands of teenagers across the West Country collected their GCSE results this morning. It's the first time they've taken the exams since new reforms were brought in by the government. Richard Lawrence went to see how students got on.
Yeovil College students are celebrating after achieving an overall A Level pass rate of 99% for the sixth year in a row.
100% pass rates were achieved in 21 of 24 A Level subject areas, including Physics, English Language, Chemistry, Business Studies, Psychology, Sociology and Maths.
Oliver Latcham (18) of Yeovil achieved the top A* grade in Physics, Maths and Further Maths, as well as an A grade in Chemistry.
“I’m a bit blown away by it all really! Being at Yeovil College was fun and enjoyable. The support of the lecturers was really good too. I’m going to go to the University of Exeter to study Physics and would really like a career in research and Astrophysics.”
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Students across the region will be finding out their A Level results today. Many will discover if they have made it into their university of choice. But changes to the syllabus and tougher marking have made the path to further education all the more challenging.
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Plymouth University says its "united" behind a review process that has led to Vice-Chancellor Wendy Purcell being placed on leave.
The board has issued a statement dismissing newspaper reports of disagreement among governors. It says it will follow any recommendations from the Higher Education Funding Council who called for the review.
Torbay Council has received over £250,000 from the Government to give children with disabilities greater support at school.
The Council plans to spend the money on better resources and a more personalised education for those with special needs.
The Deputy Prime Minister has visited a private cookery school in Taunton where he's banging the drum for free school meals for under sevens.
Nick Clegg was at Cookability which specialises in teaching cookery skills to young people.
The RNLI and the Amateur Swimming Association are teaming up at Bude to launch a safe swimming initiative.
It comes after statistics revealed a high number of incidents where children were unsafe in the water.
- 17% of parents say their child has got into difficulties in the water
- 5% of parents say their child has been in a serious incident in the water
- 21% of parents don't always supervise their children in the water
- 9% of parents say their children can't swim
- 21% of parents believe if their child can swim a length of a 25m pool they will be safe to swim in the water.