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Universities contribute billions to South West economy

Plymouth University Credit: ITV News West Country

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.

First report on SW education standards

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.

School inspectors are to publish their first-ever report on education standards in the South West

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Free childcare vouchers announced

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.

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