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Good evening. In the programme tonight, bottom of the class again.
The damning report from Ofsted as the East is ranked worst in the
country of standards of education. Also tonight, the priest and
academics sacked after complaints about his conduct. The Church of
England has launched a major investigation. We will be here later
with the programme with an international approach to take the
quiet crisis of dementia more seriously. This meeting today is
arguably the most significant event in dementia since Alzheimer's
described the disease. And the Cobblers, the Saints and the steel
backs behind the wheel at Silverstone.
Good evening. A quarter of a million children in
this region are being taught in schools which aren't good enough,
the verdict today from the chief inspector of Ofsted. The East has
emerged as one of the worst areas in the country for primary schools Out
the country for primary schools. Out of 150 local authorities,
Peterborough and Cambridgeshire rank in the bottom 10%. But there was
praise for Bedford, where 95% of pupils attend good or outstanding
schools, followed by Central Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes.
Secondary schools are improving but they, too, are still lagging behind
the rest of England. This report from Ben Bland.
This afternoon we will be writing a recount.... A well`behaved school.
This is the same even when the cameras aren't there. It is partly
what the makes the school successful. You need a good policy
shared with all the children, the staff, the parents, and it's got to
be consistent across the school, be consistent across the school
everybody sharing and doing exactly the same thing. It's not just the
school doing well. Primary schools across Bedford are amongst the best
performing in England. I think it is all about involving everybody in the
school community in the work you do to make sure everyone understands
what the score's objectives are and what needs to be done to improve
standards, and also that schools work together, which we all do very
well here. In Peterborough, there are problems. Ofsted says 6,000
pupils are being taught in primary schools that are not good enough
making it one of the worst areas in the region and the country. Parents
seem to be giving them the benefit of the doubt. I'm not saying there
aren't schools without problems but aren't schools without problems, but
in any city, you'll get that. There are parts where there aren't good
schools but over the side, it's OK. You have to ride it out and I think
you can support at home as well. you can support at home as well.
Peterborough City Council admits it has work to do but in a statement
they say... The local MP says the area faces
particular challenges. It is the level of churn in primary schools,
those children that start off in a school but are not there at the end
of the academic year, and those who are not there at the beginning but
finish the academic year, that puts enormous strain on resources in
terms of teaching, teaching assistants and the school budget.
Secondary schools are also lagging behind England as a whole. Ofsted
says they are improving but there is more work to be done.
In his report today, Sir Michael Wilshaw doesn't hold back. He said
poor leadership and teaching are leading to mediocre education. Neil
Bradford's been to meet one head teacher in Northamptonshire who is
getting results. Eight years ago, Duston School was
failing. Last month for the first time Ofsted inspectors rated it is
outstanding. The transformation has been overseen by principal Jane
Herriman who is now helping other schools improve. It's about being
able to celebrate with the staff here and moving the Duston School
into its next sphere of creativity and how we will support and work
with other schools and trying to get the other schools that we are
supporting to realise that we do understand, we know where you are,
and we can help you and work with you to make those rapid changes.
and we can help you and work with you to make those rapid changes.
Jane still has big ambitions for the Duston School but now splits her
time between another secondary school in Northampton and 130 miles
away in Bletchley. She admits continual changes to inspection
standards can be a challenge. When you think you've got to the
finishing line, that line is ever changing, but that is the world
we're in at the moment and we can never be complacent and sit back. We
have got to look to the future. And the future is these young people.
Down the motorway, Jane Herriman is working with senior staff at the Sir
Herbert Leon Academy in Bletchley to help raise standards. She became
executive principle here just six weeks ago. She says there is a long
way to go and no magic formula. It is not one size fits all. You need
to understand the community you're dealing with. And it starts with the
adults in school and making sure that adults are doing the most
appropriate systems. Then we need to explain those systems to young
people. And we all need agree on what the consequences are who are
not following those systems. Reaching the standard set by Duston
School will take time. But Jane Herriman believes the key to
improving children's learning is teachers learning from each other.
Ofsted believes leadership is key to improvement. Are we about to see
some heads teachers sacked? I asked the Ofsted regional director Sean
Harford. Head teachers are moved on, sacked,
if you like, anyway, so it is a bit of a myth outside education that
head teachers don't lose their jobs. But I think that clearly where
people are not doing the job they need to, their role needs to be put
under scrutiny. Some of the schools have had poor performance ratings
for some time and if it is so easy to fix this, why hasn't it been done
before? We are not saying it is easy to fix, but we know it can be done.
There are a lot of examples across the region where schools that have
languished, if you like, an academy in Norfolk, for example, but the
right leadership was put in place and this school is now outstanding.
It might be tough but it can be done. Pupils exam results are also
below the average. We are failing them, aren't we? The issue really is
that there are lucky and unlucky children. I live in Cambridgeshire.
My jewellery went to a great high risk will and to a great secondary
school. But 30 miles up the road, in Wisbech, parents will have a very
different experience. That is the danger, isn't it? We might defect
late head teachers who have worked hard because despite the overall
poor standard, there are some outstanding schools. It's crucial to
identify where things are going wrong and where things are going
well and people are given credit for that. And that those schools work
with weaker schools to improve them. In terms of an immediate recovery
plan, what needs to happen in the next few months and where will
schools be in the year from now? People need to focus absolutely on
what is going on in the classroom, get the environment right in the
classrooms and in the schools so that teachers can do their job
effectively with those youngsters. We have seen bad behaviour, but we
noticed that there is an acceptance of low`level disruption. And that
means children can't learn effectively in schools, week in,
effectively in schools, week in week out.
A senior priest and Cambridge University academic has been sacked
after complaints were made about his contact with vulnerable young men in
his care. The Reverend Canon Dr Fraser Watts is the subject of a
Church of England safeguarding investigation involving the Diocese
of Ely, the University and the Police. Dr Watts is a former
president of the British Psychological Society. This
exclusive report from home affairs correspondent Sally Chidzoy.
Reverend Canon Dr Fraser Watts is an internationally renowned academic
psychologist and he let this church in Cambridge but now he is the focus
of the church safeguarding investigation. Honourable men who
sought Pastoral and spiritual support from Dr Watts have made
complaints against him. Sources have told the BBC a number are faced
sexual nature. Dr Watts was employed by Trinity Hall behind me, Cambridge
University said he had resigned and was no longer associated with the
university and they were working with the church may safeguarding
investigation. The church itself said that Dr Watts no longer had
permission to officiate at the diocese of Ely and they were working
closely with the police and the University on the investigation.
University on the investigation According to sources, Dr Watts was
told, resign or be sacked. He was excluded from Queens' College where
he was a fellow and reader in theology and science. The church
were Dr Watts can no longer conduct services belongs to Trinity Hall. In
a newsletter, the acting vicar chaplain told churchgoers...
Six years ago, Reverend Canon Dr Fraser Watts attack could ``
attracted media attention when he announced Eucharist services for
goths. Are you a goth? No, I am not. You look like one. Tonight I am The
You look like one. Tonight I am! The diocese of Ely received a complaint
against the priest four years ago. The police concluded there was
insufficient evidence. It is understood that the Reverend Canon
Dr Fraser Watts was asked not provide past will support to young
men but his colleagues were unaware of the safeguarding concerns. Since
then, there have been a number of fresh complaints. This comes back to
the structural problems with safeguarding in church
organisations. Too much reliance placed on the Bishop, and the
designated safeguarding officer within the dioceses to make the
decisions. They cannot make in any real sense be considered to be
independent. At his home in Cambridge, the Reverend Canon Dr
Fraser Watts declined to answer any questions about the complaints made
against him. He said he would not comment while the investigation is
ongoing. One complainant told the BBC it was an extremely sensitive
time for him. The police say they are aware of the safeguarding matter
and they have not received any complaints at the time.
A man accused of killing a pensioner in a row over a parking space told a
court today that he acted in self defence. Retired builder Alan Watts
says he was attacked by Brian Holmes after he sarcastically questioned
his right to park in a disabled bay. He told the jury he punched Mr
Holmes at the ASDA store in Biggleswade. And that he then drove
off because he was scared and wanted to get away. Mr Watts denies
manslaughter. The trial continues. A man and a woman have had to jump
to safety from a house fire this morning. A second woman had to be
rescued through the first`floor window of the property in Daniels
Welch in Coffee Hall in Milton Keynes just after 4am. The fire
service said the blaze was so intense inside it burnt away the
stairs. An investigation is under way.
Latest figures show a growing number of businesses are choosing Milton
Keynes as the place to set up. The total number of business units in
the new town has risen by almost 400 in the last year. The council says
with a growing economy more jobs are being created. Some businesses have
chosen to base their European headquarters in the town.
There is an awful lot of technology oriented people based in Milton
Keynes, a lot of technology companies growing here. The UKTI led
us to being here in Milton Keynes. There seems to be a high presence of
people in the surrounding towns with language skills as well.
The Northampton`based chain 99p Stores is to open 70 new shops over
the next two years. The company is investing ?25 million which it says
will create more than 2,000 jobs. The chain has grown rapidly in
recent years following the demise of Woolworths in 2008. Those are the
top stories. Alex
jobs. The ballot will be held between now and January sixth.
Still to come: Living with dementia, we report on a big step forward in
research in this region. These sports men are good at rugby,
football and cricket, but can they drive?
Six days after the tidal surge swept down the region's coast, work has
begun on repairing the damage caused to sea defences. The Environment
Agency says it's too early to say how much it will all cost but it
will take time and money. Today, the Minister in charge of the recovery
programme chaired a meeting in Whitehall. We'll be hearing from
Brandon Lewis in a moment. But first, our environment reporter
Richard Daniel has been to see the diggers in action in Suffolk trying
to plug the gaps. It was built following the floods of 1953. But it
was no match for the surge of 2013. This was one of 22 places in Suffolk
where sea and river walls were breached, as were many more in
Norfolk. Here's the point where the water poured in. During the search,
the sea came over this whole. There was pressure on the front edge. What
they think happened is the water went mind as it came over. It
created a weakness which caused the wall to fall. Heavy machinery
arrived to make emergency repairs. Locals say not enough has been done.
Banks slump, they lose height over a period of time, that would have had
an effect this particular case, because there are at least 120
metres of topping and a lesser amount in the other direction.
Norfolk and Suffolk's defences for the brunt of last week's North Sea
surge. The extent of the damage and the cost is still being assessed.
Months of work lie ahead, the cost is expected to run into millions of
pounds. With the field teams and contractors we are going out of the
most urgent locations and filling them with clay. We are doing
emergency repairs so we can stop any further tide coming in right.
Ultimately, we will come back and assess these locations to see what
further work will be needed. The environment agency is drafting in
extra staff. They said the immediate priority is to plug the gaps that
have left properties and communities at risk. A committee to oversee the
reconstruction of homes and businesses met for the first time. I
spoke to Brandon Lewis, the MP. He said there will not be any extra
money so I asked how the work will be paid for. At the moment, local
authorities, the agencies charged with the clear process, arguing that
work. The government has activated the Bellwin Scheme, so local
authorities can make a claim to central government. It is a
well`known scheme. They have used it in floods before. They will be
recompensed for that. The environment agency is assessing the
damage. They will assess that as part of their budget. They have an
ongoing budget in terms of flood work and repair work and flood
protection. That has increased under this government and in my own can
Rich Ricci, just next year, there is a scheme to improve it. `` my own
constituency. What have your constituents been saying about help
from government? Obviously, I have a role to look at what we're doing, to
make sure the clear up work is going ahead properly across the country.
As a constituency member of Parliament for great Yarmouth I have
two sides of it. We have residents who have benefited this year from
the work that was done, and the town centre was not as badly hit, and we
have a further ?28 million of work starting next year, that is
fantastic news to protect about 15,000 properties. We still have
work to do around the coastal erosion issue. Part of this is
making sure whatever work is done is the correct work. Making sure the
experts have looked at it and the money is being spent to give help to
those areas. How worried are you about future flooding events? We are
always against nature. The internal work that is being done will give us
further protection, but when we get a surge like that, even with flood
defences and coastal erosion work, there will not necessarily be
protection from the harshest realities of nature, particularly as
an island nation. There is a concern about why it is important that the
planning work is done. Local groups did amazing work making sure those
preparations are in place. They paid dividends to make sure areas like
great Yarmouth could evacuate. If we have that, the important thing is
people remain safe by listening to the advice they are given by all of
the agencies, the emergency services, the environment agency, he
the warnings and stay safe. `` he'd the warnings. As you may have seen,
world leaders are ` for the first time ` coming together to talk about
dementia. It's given hope to a Cambridge charity that has for years
worked towards treatment and a cure. Today Alzheimer's Research UK
announced it's going to spend ?3m to boost research into finding the
right drugs. Anna Todd has been to meet two women whose lives have been
turned upside down by the disease. In their late 80s, life began to
change for Mary and Fred Carling. She could not make a cup of tea.
Things like that. She put frozen food into a draw. `` drawer. They
started arguing in ways that they had not done before. Their daughter
watched as dementia set in. My father was diagnosed and we were
told there was nothing we could do. My mother was not diagnosed, the
Doctor said there was not much point giving her any medication. Today,
world leaders pledged treatments and cures by 2025. Arguably the most
significant event in dementia and Alzheimer's described the disease.
We are tasked with making it more visible than it has ever been
before. Hope is hard to come by. Most drugs trials fail. On the back
of this summit, one Cambridge charity is pulling together a
consortium, research experts from all sectors. Why has it taken so
long for the world to come together? It may be that some ageism is at
play. That is perhaps one reason it has not received the attention it
deserves. Another is we have not had many success stories and I think
success breeds success. It is too late for Sarah Kane's husband, who
was diagnosed with Alzheimer's age 43. I don't have children,
grandchildren, I will probably not grow old with the man I was
expecting to grow old with. Together in a care home, Mary and Fred
Carling did just that. They celebrated their platinum wedding
anniversary in the home. In spite of everything, they loved each other
right up until the end. If you have any questions or
concerns about dementia you can get some very useful advice from Age UK.
You can ring them on 0800 169 6565 or log on to their website. It is:
ageuk.org.uk. Some of the region's most talented sportsmen swapped
their rugby boots and cricket bats today, for the wheel of a fast car
at Silverstone. The idea was to see how stars from Northampton's
football, cricket and rugby teams would get on around the circuit.
Driving a fast car is one thing but tearing round in the fog this
morning proved to be a real challenge.Mike Liggins was there.
Alex Weekley was trying on his motor racing uniform for size. I checked
out if these Northampton Town footballers were safe to drive.
In the briefing, Danny Emerton looked nervous, but then he spoke a
good game. I am a good driver. A few of the lads then there would not be
so sure about that, but I will be OK. Really? Some of them not so
good? You need to look out for them. Strapped in and ready to go. This
footballer bunny hopped his way down the pit lane. The foggy conditions
made driving difficult. One of the drivers appears to have stopped. He
cannot start again either. I think he got lost in the fog.
We saw you bunny hopping down the pit lane. That was quite good.
Obviously, my car is a bit different. Once I found the clutch,
I was more comfortable. Then it was the turn of the rugby players and
the Cricketers, they have had three years. The sports are coming
together, we trained with another team the other day. It is good for
the town. Sadly, some of the players never got
to show how quickly would have been because the fog came down and it was
not safe to drive, but money was raised for Northampton general, and
the footballers ever give up the day job, there might be a new Lewis
Hamilton here. Unlikely, but you never know.
What a shame for all of them. Very bad luck. Quite a lot of us have
this fog. For some of us, it did lift, making some beautiful sunsets.
We have some photographs showing the sun setting. Some of us had fog all
day, making conditions Chile. It will re`form through this evening
and overnight. `` chilly. It should not be as widespread as it was last
night. You can still see that we have high pressure, light wind,
clear skies, conditions are pretty ideal. You can see the satellite
image from earlier across this western half, that is where it
lingered. Expect an evening, the first part of the night will be
misty and foggy. Temperatures around freezing for most of us, that could
mean fog patches. Temperatures will hover around 2`3 Celsius. Tomorrow,
it is going to be misty, but it should lift the way and we will be
left with a cloudy forecast. There might be brighter spells but the
general trend will be for the cloud to increase into the afternoon. It
should stay dry, although into the afternoon and evening, just a few
spots of drizzle are possible. Still a cold day. The wind will freshen
from the south. The pressure pattern is changing, by Friday the
high`pressure routes away `` moves away and we have this coming in from
the west. The wind will strengthen, but this weather front will not have
a great deal of rain on it by the time it gets to our part of the
region. Some brighter spells to start with, but on the whole a lot
of cloud. Into the mid to late afternoon, there is a chance of
patchy rain, turning more persistent. The wind will freshen
through Friday. For the weekend it looks largely dry, a bit cloudy at
times. Another chilly night, but temperatures will be above freezing.
times. Another chilly night, but temperatures will be Goodbye. See