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Call for more school funding

Teachers, parents and pupils from across the country joined politicians at Westminster calling for more money to be spent on schools. Phil Hornby reports.

Education policies a controversial topic in General Election run-up

Parents all want the most promising future for their children. But which policies will ensure that they get the very best education? Free childcare hours, free school meals or free schools and grammars?

In the second of two reports, Christine Alsford looks at the proposals from the politicians during this election campaign that are giving parents food for thought.

Watch Christine's first report here.

Christine Alsford spoke to campaigners Sarah Shilling, Simon Werner and Jo Smith.

Christine's report contains archive footage from 1950.

  1. Tom Savvides

More teachers needed to improve standards

Medway's schools have often come bottom of the country in league tables with one OFSTED report finding nine and a half thousand primary pupils were at schools that were either inadequate or requiring improvement. Now, a major recruitment fair has been held in Rochester with the aim of attracting a hundred and fifty new teachers. This report by Tom Savvides includes interviews with applicant Andrew Washington-Tummings, Headteachers Catherine Burnett and Davinder Jandu and teacher trainee Oluwashola Williams.

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More academies - change for the better?

Every failing school across the South East will be forced to become an academy under new rules proposed by the government today. At the moment there has to be local consultation before conversion but that will be scrapped.

It means 16 schools in Kent graded as "inadequate" by Ofsted will be targeted - plus another four in Medway and seven across Sussex. Another seven on the Isle of Wight will be handed over to sponsors to improve their performance - plus a further five in Reading and three in Oxfordshire. So-called "coasting schools" where pupils may do well - but don't make as much progress as they should will also be targeted.

Our social affairs correspondent Christine Alsford reports

South's failing schools to be turned into academies

Failing schools across the South will be forced to turn into academies under new rules announced by the government.

Up to a thousand primary and secondary schools nationwide could be taken out of local government control if the new bill goes ahead. Critics say the proposals are undemocratic. Eastbrook Primary at Southwick in Sussex became an academy two years ago. Since then, results have improved dramatically. Here's what the headteacher Julia Sherlock had to say.

  1. Derek Johnson (@derekjohnsonitv)

More education for young drivers says RAC

It's a chilling fact that parents of young drivers fear the most: teenage motorists are more likely to be involved in a car crash than any other age group. That's despite the fact that those youngsters make up only a very small number of drivers.

The RAC say if new licence restrictions for inexperienced drivers were brought in, every year more than 43 people could be prevented from being injured or killed. Derek Johnson reports, speaking to mother Denise Tegg and safety expert Wale Yusuff.

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