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Good evening. Hello and welcome to Tuesday's Look


East. Coming up in the programme tonight: Accused of financial


mismanagement, the college that claimed more than ?1 million for


students it couldn't prove it had. We have an exclusive report.


Victory for campaigners in the latest courtroom battle over a wind


farm at this heritage site. And later with Susie and me...


On the Rowe`d to Wembley: After a night of high drama, Posh hit the


history books. And Indiana Jones and the mystery of


the manuscript... Stay tuned to find out more.


Good evening. First tonight, the college in Luton which claimed


nearly ?1 million pounds for students it had no record of


teaching. The BBC has seen a damning report into the Barnfield Federation


which runs a college and half a dozen academies and schools across


Bedfordshire. The report also says the college spent at least ?1.2


million on failed projects. Paul Scoins has this exclusive report.


For the management at Barnfield College, this report makes for


uncomfortable reading. Investigations began last October


following allegations of financial mismanagement and the massaging of


grades, and today we can reveal the report has found: The college


wrongly claimed nearly ?1million for students it had no record of


teaching. Mismanagement led to it losing 1.25


million on failed projects. And its former boss, Sir Peter


Birkett, was given two payoffs, holiday allowances and a car when he


resigned, despite only being entitled to and asking for holiday


pay. Now, because of the findings of this


report, I understand Barnfield College has also been told it will


now lose around ?1million worth of funding because it cannot simply


prove it enrolled and taught some students here at the Luton campus.


The college and the former boss here, Sir Peter Birkett, say they


won't comment until the final report is published, but I understand from


the Government that this report has now been passed to the police.


The allegations surrounding Barnfield have also now been raised


in Parliament. The Luton South MP called for all


information to be made public. Whistle`blowers have previously


experienced the experiences. While we committed to publishing all


inquiry reports in full, including all of the versions of those reports


that have been circulated outside of the Department? I am grateful to the


honourable gentleman for basing this case. There have been serious


allegations made in connection with the Barnfield Federation. They are


being investigated and nothing that I should say, to publish should


prejudice that. Whenever there is information, however, that is


correct that we should share with those affected and the public, we


will do so in due course. The Barnfield Federation was once


singled out for praise by the Government, but now finds itself


waiting to hear the final results of the investigation by the Department


for Education and crucially that of the police.


A short while ago I spoke to Luton MP Gavin Shuker and asked whether


claiming nearly ?1 million for students it had no record of


teaching was down to poor book`keeping or something more


sinister. On the surface of it, the concern that more than one mugging


pounds worth of public funds `` funds were procured by the Barnfield


Federation as outlined in the report without the student numbers backing


up that claim, that is the play concerning. I am aware that there


will be further investigations into this. What I would say is that


biofuels will have to get a clear account as to how those mistakes


occurred in the first place. Otherwise people will be concerned


there was foul play. There has also been the suggestion about Sir


Peter's extravagant handshake, did that surprise you? Some of the most


shocking details surround Sir Peter's departure. It is clear there


was an issue around the people who agreed that the. One of the concerns


I have around the conflict structure of the Barnfield Federation was that


there were two different boards of trustees and it is not clear which


one would have had the decision`making power. It points


back not just to the management but also the structure of this college


in the first place. You say there is a lack of accountability. That is


often the criticism levelled at academies, who is accountable? In


previous days where you have said it was under local control. That has


been completely changed. Initially locked out by the Labour


Party who introduced the academy system. The major difference is that


academies were brought in to deal with the small number of schools


that were constantly running into difficulties. Since 2010 that


programme has been massively accelerated. They have since gobbled


up schools at an enormous rate. With all these problems, can Barnfield


operate successfully or would you like to see the whole structure


broken up? To be clear, there is a positive future for Barnfield and


looting and possibly beyond, but that future can only be brought


about if we are clear that the truth comes out as to what went wrong


That is why the process for publishing these reports should be


accelerated. There are many agents who want to see what evidence is


available. You mentioned the parents and it comes down to them and the


pupils, what can you say to reassure them tonight? My commitment is to


make sure that the full truth comes out. We do not want a witchhunt but


if there are policy implications, I will be pushing for them in


Parliament. Plans for a wind farm near a


heritage site in Northamptonshire have been halted. The Court of


Appeal rejected an application by the developers behind the proposal.


And today's ruling could have implications for future developments


across the region. Lyveden New Bield in


Northamptonshire, a historic listed building that campaigners say would


be spoiled if four wind turbines were built nearby. They'd be almost


twice the height of Nelson's Column. So the National Trust, English


Heritage and the local council took the case to court and won. I am


overjoyed. It has been a great week off of our shoulders. Hopefully this


is gone. I club they will go away now.


In 2010, East Northamptonshire District Council refused permission.


The developers appealed and in 012 the planning inspector granted


permission. But last year the High Court said that decision was flawed.


The developers then went to the Court of Appeal, but lost. So why is


the National Trust blocking a green energy project? Sharrine Scholtz we


have supported many renewable projects and we have our own targets


to reduce our energy use by 50% by 2020. This is over and inappropriate


skill and location and we believe that renewables can be incorporated


within our landscape and a West Coast Energy could now ask the


planning inspector to reconsider their application afresh.


Much more sensitive way. In a statement the company said "We


are disappointed with the decision of the Court of Appeal. We will have


to carefully consider the detail of the judgment before deciding what


action to take." This decision by the Court of Appeal


means those pants for those particular carbines have been


halted. The effect of this potentially goes beyond


Northamptonshire. Three senior judges underlined that whenever a


development like this is proposed next to a historical site, serious


consideration must be given to the potential harm of winning it up


against the potential benefits. `` weighing it up.


Police have launched an investigation after a body was found


in a river in Bedfordshire. A member of the public raised the alarm


yesterday afternoon. The body was seen floating in the River Ouzel in


Leighton Buzzard. The police say it's too early to confirm if it is


that of missing 36`year`old Neil Devlin who hasn't been seen since


New Year's Day. Next tonight, the changing face of


A departments. The increase in people turning up at A nationally


is pretty stark. In 2004, a total of 17.8 million. By 2012 that had risen


to 21.7 million. So across the region hospitals are experimenting.


Installing new buildings,diverting some patients and using their staff


in different ways. The latest to make changes, the Queen Elizabeth in


King's Lynn. Kim Riley reports. They call it ACE, that is ambulatory


emergency care. This nurses attending to Anthony who suffered a


collapse. He will be visiting a consultant very soon. People like


myself who have chronic conditions need places like this where they can


drop in to keep themselves on track. This unit can deal with 16 of them


was comical `` common medical conditions.


Where does it get its patients? Like Anthony B can be directed for prompt


treatment. They can be deferred by this assessment unit where patients


would have a stay overnight. Or they can be referred by their own GP who


has direct access to the duty consultant. The new unit began as a


pilot last summer. Things here happen quickly. The patients we see


here historically would have stayed in hospital for one night. Our


average turnaround is three hours and nine minutes. Since opening last


August we have seen 1200 patients. Only 96 of those have had to be


admitted to hospital. We have a 100% response rate from her patient


satisfaction surveys. It is to do with the fact that they get prompt


treatment from admission to treatment all in one day. Jim


Cassell from King's Lynn is here with swollen legs and serious pains


and looking for answers. What do you think about the staff? We are very


nice and friendly. They are doing their job. I have just got to wait


and see what can be done. This is a new treatment and we want to share


this with local hospitals. We wanted to evolve around the whole of the


NHS. That is part of the solution to ease the pressure on A


departments. Two and a half years and the panning, morale is high gear


but the team is soon to be suspended. There is genuine


enthusiasm, not least the saving of hundreds of overnight stays in the


hospital that are no longer required. The aim is to have begin


it up and running eventually around the clock.


First Capital Connect has given `` been given a six`month extension to


its current contract. The contract was due to end next month.


Yesterday, a Which? Report placed the company joint bottom of the


table for train cleanliness. First Capital Connect has said it's


committed to continued improvements to services.


a home would viable or sustainable. The dieses supports the demolition.


`` still to come. Peterborough are on


their way to Wembley. Why are the Chinese so much better at teaching


maths than we are? Education experts in Bordeaux East to learn more ``


will go. A professor from the University of


Bedfordshire is being hailed as a real`life Indiana Jones, after


cracking the code of a mysterious mediaeval document. This is it. It's


called the Voynich manuscript. We know it's 600`odd years old. And it


shows plants and stars as well as mysterious human figures. But it's


the script that makes it famous, because no`one has ever deciphered


what these symbols mean. Over the years it's become infamous and it


even features in the Indiana Jones books. And the man who cracked it is


Stephen Bax, Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of


Bedfordshire. Earlier I asked him how he did it.


My background is in linguistics, and basically what I did was try to


identify pictures and match them with particular words alongside. I


see it as a picture crossword, working out which latter letters


match the sound. Why is it important? It is a big manuscript,


with lots of interesting details. If only we could understand the


manuscript, it would give us an insight into mediaeval thinking. The


script has been uncrackable for 600 years, so I think my efforts, which


are still partial, are a kind of chink in the armount of the


manuscript, which I hope will open it up to future understanding of the


mediaeval mind. There has been an air of mystery around it. You think


it is a treatise on nature? I think it is a mediaeval treatise on


nature, written in an un`known script. I think we are now a step


forward cracking it. The words you found, can you describe the ones


you've managed to crack? The interesting one is the word Taurus,


which is next to a picture of stars. The word alongside it seems to be a


foreign word, which if you use those letters and compare it to the two


plants, you can start to build up the system of letters as a whole


system for the manuscript. There is still more work to do. You are being


hailed as a real`life Indiana Jones. What do you make of that? My


children had to laugh at that. They pointed at my balding head. Great to


talk to you. A group of teachers and education


experts are going to Shanghai next week to learn how they teach maths.


In the most recent league table, China comes top. England is down in


26th place. The delegation is being led by the Norfolk MP and Education


Minister Liz Truss. It also includes Dame Rachel de Souza, who runs a


number of schools in Norfolk. We'll hear from Dame Rachel in a moment,


but first the background from Dawn Gerber.


The contrast could not be clearer. Shanghai schoolchildren are the best


in the world at maths, while British peoples like behind, ranked 26th in


this study. That is why the education minister and North MP


Elizabeth truss it heading east. Businesses in her county want


skilled staff. This engineering centre is a hub with over 30


companies in the energy and motor industry and many people with the


right qualifications. It is important that students looking to


work in engineering sector have got good competency in both maths and


English. If you take the energy sector, it is growing and growing.


We need the workforce that can manufacture these products to meet


the demand. The classroom is where changes have to be made. Norfolk


schools have been criticised for being among the worst performing in


the country. We have to be open`minded and DeMarco minded to


new schools. `` two new learning. If students fail to get good grades,


they could lose out, because places like this will have to look further


afield and maybe even abroad. Dame Rachel de Souza is the CEO of the


Inspiration Trust, which runs seven schools in Norfolk, and has helped


two schools out of special measures and into "outstanding" . And when I


spoke to her late this afternoon, she told me why she thinks the


Chinese are doing so well. I think there are two things. There


are the methods they use, and we are already using those methods and


seeing great result in our classrooms. There was also an


attitude towards maths. Parents and students are pro mathematics. They


see maths as the key to unlock a great future. We need to do that.


Let us look at the methods. A lot of modern talk takes us back to how we


used to do things. I used in Singapore mathematics in my primary


schools. The students do rigorous timetables. The homework is done and


marked and returned by the very next morning, so students get instant


feedback. A lot is about rigour and intense teaching, so intense blocks


of teaching. The little ones can do it. My little six`year`olds are


doing Singapore maths and are only a year ahead of the students above


them. It works. What about aspiration? What I'm dying to see is


Chinese parents in action. There is a whole approach to mathematics and


support for your child learning mathematics. We have to learn from


over there. We can be a bit anti`maths, seen it as


anti`creativity in the UK. Is to do with the way mathematics is taught?


The teachers not make it interesting enough? If you look at the Chinese


model, they not trying to entertain. They are teaching basic concepts,


basic arithmetic in very intense blocks. Young people respect that.


You remember that teacher who was rigorous and you remember it. Is it


about discipline? Become back to that rigour and discipline.


Youngsters love to learn, and every get them young and start laying the


foundations of good arithmetic, I have no doubt we can be topping and


beating the Chinese. We need to do it for our own economy and that each


of these young people. Mathematics is key to all the best jobs now. It


is a different world. Thank you very much. Outdoor swimming pools are


read enough. Outdoor pools donated to village by a local duke or


unique. That is a story in Beds. It was built by the Duke of Bedford for


his staff, but tonight it is on the verge of closing the good.


It is a miserable debris night. `` February. This has been here for a


century. It is run by a group of trustees. The recent weather has not


been kind to the pool. There is a lot of maintenance needed. Here is a


trustee. What is the problem? Lack of people to organise and take


responsibility to get things done. We need a committee and more people.


We had a great year last year. We made good surplus, but unfortunately


the people involved have got too much work to do in other areas and


are not able to give their time to it. We are on the verge of closing


through lack of people support, not a money. That will be a shame


because this pool has been used by generations. It is quite unique. I


should think every child in the village has used this pool for


enjoyment over the years. Many have learned to swim here. It is


virtually a unique situation. You can come and have a picnic with your


family. It is not a swimming pool, it is a lie down and place to have


fun. You have called a meeting. Are you confident you will get people to


come forward? Yes. We have had a few names come forward. Thank you for


coming tonight. The pool is open at May. Whether it is open this may.


Whether it is over Miss Maple depends on what happens tonight. ``


this may. Peterborough United have made it to


a Wembley final for the first time in 14 years. They beat Swindon Town


last night in the southern area final of the Johnstone's Paint


Trophy, but only after a nervous penalty shoot`out. The first leg


finished 2`2. Last night they came from a goal down to draw level and


will play either Chesterfield or Fleetwood on March 30th.


Life is never dull at Peterborough Utd. Promotions, relegations and now


the chance to win their first cup final at the home of English


football. He runs to the near side to salute


the fans. Tommy Rowe is out of contract at the end of the season,


but his spot kick could prove priceless. For much of last night's


game against Swindon they struggled, conceding a scrappy goal after half


an hour. Swindon should have scored a second but tired towards the


end.Posh meanwhile showed plenty of pluck, and 15 minutes from time,


their top scorer Britt Assombalonga took advantage. Tied at 3`3 on


aggregate, and with no extra time being played, it came down to


penalties. Swindon started and promptly wished they hadn't. One of


two bad misses for the home side. It was 3`3 when Tommy Rowe stepped up


to strike the winning penalty. And after a torrid winter of poor form


in front of fewer fans, Posh at last have something to shout about. You


can't underestimate how getting into a cup final changes everything. You


noticed the feel`good factor last night. It lifts everyone. Going to


Wembley, for a club like Peterborough, is a big deal. It is


not like Manchester United where it happens every so often. It is a once


in a lifetime opportunity. Manager Darren ferguson will be hoping a cup


final can inspire his team to promotion via the play`offa and, who


knows, it may not be their only date at Wembley this season.


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access call: 0800 092 6030. I am always glad I do the first part.


Today we recorded temperatures of 11 Celsius. It felt springlike. We are


still in an unsettled weather pattern. Today we saw a good


shattering of showers. Some were on the heavy side. There are more to


come and heading eastwards. You still may catch a shower before the


end of the day, but they will tend to clear out into the North Sea. But


the much of the night it looks dry. That'll allowed temperatures to drop


over the next few hours. It is cold a love for a touch of ground frost.


It'll be quite isolated and a patchy frost when we get it. Those winds


will fall to a patchy frost when we get it. Those winds will fall to


alight south`westerly. Into you will notice a weather front portion in


from the West, but it won't get yours until overnight. We are into a


reasonable forecast for tomorrow. It'll be a mainly dry day with light


winds, and it will feel quite springlike wants more. If we are


lucky, we will see something brighter. Where the cloud is


thickest, that might produce an isolated shower. It is looking mega


dry forecast and not a bad forecast all. `` like a dry forecast. There


will be a light wind. There is a little more cloud for the afternoon.


That is coming from the West and will bring a sunlight and patchy


rain overnight on Wednesday. It changes our forecast once bought


into a rather cloudy and down forecast for Thursday. The wind


speed picks up and it will stay windy from Thursday right into the


weekend. We start Thursday quite cloudy and misty in places. They'll


be some outbreaks of rain. The middle of the day that batter and


dryer. `` looks better. They'll be showers on Friday and they will be


around on Saturday. The tempered as will be cooler by the weekend ``


temperatures. Good


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