Peter Bearne

Education correspondent, ITV Central

Peter Bearne has been ITV Central's education correspondent since 2009, having joined the programme from local radio in 2000. The only broadcast news education correspondent in the Midlands, he's a three-time gold award winner at the ITV News Awards and has twice been nominated at the CIPR Education Journalism Awards.

  1. Peter Bearne
  2. Central

Maths success for "slipper" school

Children wear slippers in lessons Credit: ITV Central/PeterBearne

A Derbyshire school which hit the headlines for allowing its children to wear slippers has won praise for its achievements in Maths.

Findern Primary has received a letter from the Department for Education congratulating it on being in the top two per cent of schools in the country for its Maths SATs results.

The school is in the top 2% in the country for KS2 maths results Credit: ITV Central/PeterBearne

100 per cent of pupils attained the expected or above standard in the tests taken last summer.

In January of this year, the school decided to allow children to wear their slippers in lessons.

Headteacher Emma Titchener introduced the comfy option after finding out about research showing "shoeless learning" can improve behaviour and classwork. Staff will evaluate the success of the scheme in July.

  1. Peter Bearne
  2. Central

Jack's rally for Ranieri

A eleven year old boy will be leading a rally in honour of sacked Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri tonight.

Jack Stephens from Knighton in Leicester was left in tears after the Italian was controversially fired last week just nine months after leading the Foxes to the Premier League title.

But the young fan decided the best way to get over his disappointment was to organise a march in the city to thank Ranieri for what he's done for his beloved club. His older sisters have helped him promote the event on social media.

11 year old Jack organised tonight's march to thank Claudio Ranieri for what he's done for Leicester City Credit: ITV Central/Ewhen Kurlak

Jack is hoping hundreds of people will join him and his family for the march from the Clock Tower to the Kingpower Stadium ahead of Leicester's league game against Liverpool this evening.

He's keen to emphasise that the rally is not a protest at Ranieri's sacking, but a chance for fans to show their gratitude towards the man he's called "the greatest manager Leicester City ever had".

Jack and his family are hoping hundreds of people will join them Credit: ITV Central/Ewhen Kurlak
Jack's mother Lucy has posted details of the march on social media Credit: ITV Central
Load more updates Back to top