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News at Six, so it's goodbye from me, and on BBC One we now join


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


you tomorrow.


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