Universities across the South West contribute billions of pounds to the region according to a new report. The 12 Universities created 1.7 billion in revenue in 2011/2012. The University of Exeter alone contributed six hundred million pounds.
They also generate more than fifty thousand jobs across the South West.
School inspectors are to publish their first-ever report on education standards in the South West later this morning.
The Ofsted report will say that too many children are not doing well enough despite the growing number of good or outstanding schools in the region.
It will also compare the performances of individual local authorities.
Thousands of children in the West Country have broken up for the long summer holidays, with some saying a final good-bye to their primary classes.
It is not only the pupils facing changes but their schools as well, as our Education Correspondent Richard Payne found out:
The percentage of students who received one of their top three preferred schools are:
- Devon: 97%
- Dorset: 93%
- Somerset: 98.5%
- Cornwall: information not available
At least five schools in the west country have begun legal action over changes to the GCSE marking system.
Many students who were predicted to get grade Cs in their English papers actually got Ds.
Penryn College and The Taunton Academy are among those challenging the exam regulators Ofqual and exam bodies. They want the papers to be marked in the same way as those taken earlier in the academic year.
Almost 1,000 two-year-olds in Cornwall are to benefit from free childcare a year early, after it was decided to bring forward trials in 10 areas of England to this September.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says 150,000 of the most disadvantaged two-year-olds will receive up to 15 hours a week of free pre-school education from September 2013, rising to 260,000 in 2014.