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Searching for tomorrow's engineers

The UK is facing a skills shortage in engineering if more students don't take up the career.

That's according to Engineering UK which says many students, and most school teachers, don't know what's on offer in the industry and how to get into it.

To help buck the trend the Government is putting more money into apprenticeship schemes. David Wood reports.

Protesters to mourn the "death of democracy" as school becomes an academy

Cavell Primary School is set to become an academy today. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Protestors are set to gather at a Norwich primary school this morning to mark what they have called the "death of democracy" in the education system.

Cavell Primary School officially becomes an academy today.

It was placed in special measures last year but they soon removed and a recent Ofsted inspection found it was making good progress.

Parents and supporters signed a 2,000-strong petition against the imposition of the academy status, which was led by Norfolk County Council and the Department for Education.

The campaigners are due to hold a minute's silence outside the school at 9am.

The council says academy status is the best option for its long-term improvement.

Schools missing out on government funding

Schools can claim £900 for each pupil getting free school meals Credit: ITV Anglia

Schools across the region are losing more than twenty two million pounds a year in government funding because some parents aren't claiming free school meals.

Figures from the Department for Education show that twenty five thousand pupils aren't claiming the meals they're entitled to.

Schools are given an extra nine hundred pounds a year to help bridge the attainment gap between those claiming free school meals and those who aren't.

College to get new teaching centre

A plan of the new development

The College of West Anglia in Wisbech is to receive £4.6m from the Government to fund a £5.5m project to build a new teaching centre and refurbish existing buildings at its Isle campus in Wisbech.

The project should be completed by summer 2015 and will allow the college to cater for several hundred additional students.

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