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In the programme tonight: BBC News
Once held up as a beacon of education, now in bits.
The Barnfield Federation in Luton splits.
Parents and pupils are warndd of disruption.
400 posts across the region are vacant.
A successful start for the first couple of badlinton
How a computer game is helping to save the rhino.
It was set up as a flagship, showing the way forward in education.
Today, it was announced the Barnfield Federation in Luton would
be broken up, following a sdries of damning government reports.
The federation includes a college and a number of academies.
Educating one in five young people in the town.
The decision to split means a summer of uncertainty
And tonight, the fallout begins as the governor who tried to steer
Barnfield throughout the chain's troubled period has
As an organisation, it was once top of the class.
The Barnfield Federation runs a college and six academies,
teaching thousands of pupils across Luton and Bedfordshire.
But, since October, there have been three investigations
into the manipulation of gr`des and financial mismanagement.
Last year, Judy Oliver becale chair of governors,
aiming to sort out the problems and keep the federation going.
Judy has quit, and is speakhng publicly for the first time.
Do you think the Barnfield problem was it simply got too big?
Yes, Barnfield has become overstretched.
It did a great job locally and some of the aspirations of the
previous chief executive went beyond the capabilities of the strtcture.
The governors themselves were criticised for poor oversight
of finances, including a large payoff for Sir Peter
Birkett, the former princip`l of the college, who left last @ugust.
The board accepted changes were needed, but felt the Governlent
Two ministries, the Departmdnt for Education and the Business Linistry,
they had to funding agencies, the EFA funding to schools,
It was very confusing, very frustrating.
Probably made it more difficult than it needn't have been.
So, what effect will the split actually have?
They can continue wearing the same uniform,
be the same name for several years because it is an amicable solution.
The benefit to Barnfield College is we can concentrate
on further education for those students, we can give them
the skills and everything they need to become employable in Luton.
It has been acknowledged in partnership with this college has
standards at the academies, in particular, among pupils
After the split, there will be a separate bo`rd
of governors and in college and another one in the acaddmy.
In a joint statement, they said the priority would be to
ensure students continue to receive an excellent education.
Gavin Shuker is one of the town's MP.
I asked him whether the dechsion to split was the right one.
I think it is the right decision, to be frank
Most worrying is who will bd the new sponsor. They might be worrxing
about the academic standard. Today, we had praise by the Sutton Trust.
Are you convinced, with all the shake up, we will still see good
education in these academies? My concern would be we need more
change. The many schools, they have gone through three or four
iterations as a result. It would be harder to deliver good standards of
people care. My hope would be that, actually, the problems will be put
behind them, and we can push through a good students for our students.
Do you think a fundamental problem is it got too big, too quickly? We
know from the Government report a big issue was the structure which
facilitated its growth. Prior to 2010, we welcomed them as a
provider of decent education. That changed after 2010 with the
coalition policy. It allowed them to massively expand. There was no local
accountability. The lack of accountability, a
criticism often levelled at academies, Labour brought in the
academy system in the first place. We welcomed this local educ`tion
provider, working with two of the most challenging secondary schools.
The evidence was clear it w`s working. What has not worked is a
massive expansion, shedding costs, a business model focused on profit.
When I spoke to you in Febrtary you told me your commitment to parents
and pupils was that the truth comes out. We are
that. I think that is right. The puestion
tonight many parents will bd asking is who is accountable? At the
moment, the only answer Education Secretary. There `re
serious questions to be answered. A strike over pathology staff pay
at Northampton General Hosphtal has Biomedical staff agreed to go back
to work, after ACAS, government mediators, helped broker
a deal with hospital managers. A new agreement will see ch`nges to
staff contracts It's thought the 55 employeds
who'd gone on strike will Figures gathered by BBC Look East
show that there are more th`n 4 0 nursing posts vacant
at hospitals around our reghon. In some cases,
managers are trying to actively recruit, but there still relains
a national shortage of nursds. Well, we've been to Addenbrookes,
a hospital that admitted to us only last week, it was struggling to cope
with Louise Hubball is
at the hospital for us now. I have spent the afternoon on one
board here, nurses working 02 hour shifts.
Throughout Addenbrookes' history, nurses have been
Although A may have changdd a bit, the challenging hours,
and the physical nature of the job has remained the same.
But now, more nurses are needed than ever before.
Here, on the trauma and orthopaedics ward, the numbers on shift lust meet
It's a constant struggle to reach them.
A combination of our ageing population and the increased needs
of our patients coming through our doors mean we nded more
nurses, and it seems like an increasing number wd need.
Often, there is a shortage of more experienced, specialist staff
And one of Addenbrookes? 2,700 registered nurses identifies
Like London, house prices can be quite expensive.
For me, if you want to work in a le`ding
hospital, with the developmdntal opportunities, you pay the loney.
I contacted all the region?s hospitals to ask for the current
Some are being actively filled, but Addenbrookes had 31.
And the Luton and Dunstable, over 100.
Six of the region's hospitals, including Addbenbrookes, currently
recruit nurses from Spain bdcause of their high level of training
Seven paediatric nurses will soon be starting here from Scotl`nd.
One Lithuanian nurse can understand the attraction of working
It offers me a professional development
as a staff nurse, with courses at university and in hospit`l.
More nurses are needed, and more hospitals are lookhng
Apologies for the technical problems there. Increasingly, hospit`ls are
conducting formal recruitment programmes overseas to attr`ct the
brightest stars. That looks a trend set to continue.
It's one of the fastest growing cities in Britain.
And now its home to one of the largest city centre
The old Peterborough District Hospital land
will soon make way for more than 300 homes and a new primary school.
But developing it isn't without its challenges.
The size of more than 20 football pitches.
Buildings covering 600,000 square feet.
Now, the developers can push ahead with demolishing them to
Turning a scheme of this nature a former hospital,
different buildings, cleaning it up, making the area feel better.
The building has eight stordys, that would be a massive change.
And hopefully the residents will have a better environmdnt.
Not all the buildings on site will be demolished, but
Developers say it would be an integral part of the sitd.
It became empty more than three years ago when staff moved to
The land was sold for more than ?7 million, but the trust might get
extra money when it?s developed to help offset its ?40 million debt.
But there are concerns over hundreds of homes being built here.
And schools, will one extra here be enough to cope?
Absolutely, our aspiration as an authority is education.
We want local places for local children in this development.
But, before building works starts, it's demolition time.
The kit is pretty advanced compared to 20 years ago.
We should be able to contain it manage and use some
Wherever possible we will use the existing bricks etc
Work's expected to start in weeks, with families planned to move
It's emerged that more than 50 jobs have been lost in the region,
as the car parts business Uniparts Automotive went into administration.
The HQ of the company is in the Midlands,
but the company had branches in many of our towns, including
Peterborough, Luton, Cambridge, Northampton, Bletchley and Bedford.
Northampton Museum will havd to wait until next week to discover
whether it's the majority of its funding will be lost.
The Arts Council England saxs it?s very disappointed with the sale
of the 4,000`year`old Egypthan statue to a private collector.
The statue fetched ?15.7 million, and there are concerns it whll now
Now, we can join Stewart and Susie for the rest of the programle.
can from the wreck of the most powerful ship in Cromwell's navy.
It's the first day of the school holidays for lany
and with temperatures reachhng the mid twenties, people will be
According to the RNLI, five people died as a result of
accidents along the coast of Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk last ye`r.
69 more were rescued, the highest number in four xears.
Our Chief reporter Kim Rilex is in Gorleston now.
That's right, there is a big crowd on the pier hey, watching a
demonstration put on by the lifeboat. Take a look if yot can,
that is a seeking hovering over there. `` see King. We had ` fishing
boat there, a man overboard. Around our coasts, it is increasingly
involved, the RNLI in saving lives. It is the first year that RNLI
lifeguards have patrolled A beautiful beach, but like others,
a potentially dangerous one when the If you get tired at any point,
the best thing to do is swil In just two weeks,
Sophie and her colleagues h`ve saved a 17`year`old Portuguese yotth, and
a 10`year`old girl, who got caught She had a very sore chest
from inhaling the water, shd had a very high breathing rate, we
placed on oxygen and called for an The scenario
of a young child getting catght in the flood, is what accounts
for about 95% of our rescues. While the 10`year`old girl was being
treated by Sophie, Joe Middleton was dealing whth
another potential emergency. There were two young swimmers,
one of them got out of depth, I put the youngest on the board
the other was capable of swhmming. The younger was holding onto him
pulling him under. The Roberts family from Newcastle
were enjoying their holiday today, but keeping a close eye
on the children, The lifeguards keep an eye
on them very closely, it is We notice, we were further
along the other day, it comds in very quickly, the water was right up
against us, if you don't kedp an eye 28 people lost their lives on this
coast in the last four years. The RNLI aims to halve accidental
coastal deaths by 2024. Would you say this is
a dangerous beach? I wouldn't say it is
a dangerous beach, I would say that This beach has its dangers
as does every one. If you're here during 1000 `nd 800,
when the lifeguards are herd, Today saw the launch
of a major awareness campaign, Enjoy our coastline and beaches
but never underestimate the power Back here, you can see a man being
dropped from the helicopter to carry out a rescue there. I'm with Alan,
an official commentator, just grab you quickly. This is all? It is
this evening is twofold, we are promoting the RNLI understood get a
safety message across. We would rather be proactive than re`ctive.
But if we are reactive, this is what you will get. You also want to raise
money to lie? Yes, it takes thankfully because of volunteers and
everything else, but we alw`ys need more. You are a crewman, wh`t
satisfaction do you get frol it Well, it depends on the weather you
have to do what you can to save a life out at sea. Doing that is
phenomenal, especially as a volunteer. Alan, thank you. There we
go, it's all happening behind me, all unfolding here. We have had a
fire, a man in the water, someone is being pulled from the water now
This is what goes on, also work looking after children and
other people and our beaches. After the opening ceremony last
night the athletes have been getting down to business today
at the Commonwealth Games. We in this region are very close to
winning our first medal with Norfolk Judo player Colin O`tes
guaranteed at least a silver. Jonathan Park has been
watching today's action. There is only one colour of metal
that Colin wants from Glasgow. It is not a silver or bronze. Fending off
a Scottish opponent, the 31`year`old had too much power and technique. In
a few minutes's time, he has the gold medal match against a Cypriot
eight years his junior. It would be a great upset at the Norfolk man
didn't bring gold back. A long way to go for our badminton pair, the
Northern Ireland pair of Chris and Gabby, playing in the team dvent for
England. It's all over, quicker horribly done the Northern Hrish and
wanted. Britain's best singles player also found a way tow`rds
victory. Essex's Sarah Walkdr completed the victory five now. ``
5`0. Lyndon's record medal winner at the games, helped England to victory
against Jamaica. `` England. It is a good job England's boulders packed
their shorts. The triples got the competition underway. `` bowlers. It
was a nail`biting game which they eventually won. Later tonight,
England's hockey team with three suffered players, start thehr bid
for glory with the opening latch against Trinidad and Tobago ``
Suffolk. Across the world conservationists
are working to protect endangered species, but getting the message
across is not always easy. Now a computer game company
in Cambridge has joined the fight by adapting one of
its most popular games to hhghlight This animal is in grave danger,
every day, every night, it hs pray for poachers. Now, this ongoing
threat has been highlighted in a computer game. They were brought to
life at an online game studho in Cambridge as part of the Unhted for
wildlife campaign. Their pl`yers, of which there are more than 200
million, have to answer questions to win a rider. Everybody is chatting
about the game, they are all meeting up and enjoying it, they have all
embraced it. It is exactly what we wanted, a new way to reach ` younger
audience about conservation. We are conservationists, and we ard here to
dash out that this conservation student is now immortalised on
screen. In two weeks, over ` quarter of a million rhinos were adopted in
the game, ten times the wild number. There are people who want rhinos as
a commodity, they don't know it s consequences of killing thel in
Africa. Something needs to be done. One way of doing so and to plant a
seed it is the young people to get more aware of the problem. Baby they
can influence the parents, who want to choose medicines of rider in
them. 100 black rhinos are detected in this conservation area in Kenya.
It is not always protection enough. People often coming to shoot
rioters, they see these anilals but they have been monitoring, that they
know intimately. It's prettx devastating. The rhinos sorry story
has reached a tipping point. If a computer game can raise awareness
quickly, so be it. Back in 1664 the battleship London
was the biggest, newest, most Then one day there was a massive,
unexplained explosion. The London went down and 300
people on board were killed. The wreck lies just
off Southend`on`Sea and is now Divers are working against the clock
to salvage what relics they can This treasure Trail is taking us
down the tracks, along the railway on Southend Pier. Almost to the very
end. There, waiting already is a crowd keen to see the latest chapter
in the story of the London tnfold. As anglers fish for mullet hn the
distance, divers are fishing for much more. These divers havd their
work cut out, there's a strong tidal flow here, they only have
window in which to operate, visibility is poor. They cotld just
about see the end of their `rm on a good day, it is like working in a
washing machine. A work by the Dutch artist captured the magnificence of
the ship. She had 64 guns, but at the time of the tragedy, thd mood on
board would have been regatta like. We know from diaries, that the
captain and crew had females on board, they were not ready for war.
A bit of a party atmosphere, which is why there was such a loss of
life. After painstaking work, the dive team returns to the pidr. It
has been in the past, and is now at risk because of climate change and a
sifting sea bed. Volunteers logged and wrapped the latest finds,
including musket balls, a c`ndle, and bits of wood. It is gre`t, when
you go to museums or archivds, it has already been sorted and
preserved. It was great seehng something that has come out of the
water and that you can handle. a big ship, not a lot is known about
it, don't think, it is a major find, it is really cool to be part of it.
The work is an evaluation for a bigger operation next year, could we
see another Mary Rose, with the structure lifted up the watdr? That
is very unlikely, it is of lajor significance, of course, but that
isn't enough Museum capacitx. They described Iraq as a time capsule of
the 17th century `` they described the rack. Its treasures are destined
for the local museum. Isn't that a fascinating story? So interdsting.
Another hot and sunny day, virtually unbroken sunshine. It allowdd the
Mercury declined to the high 20s. I will hot spots they were in Bedford.
`` it allowed at the Mercurx to climb. Overnight, we started clear
spells, but an increasing alount of cloud and mist moving in from the
North Sea. Particularly in North Norfolk, this could move inland
perhaps affecting Cambridge. Temperatures in teams for m`ny
places, anywhere between 15 and 18 Celsius, a light North eastdrly
wind. Our pressure pattern for tomorrow, a settled day tomorrow,
high`pressure dominating. A risk of showers developing later, btt
actually, the predominant theme for the day is a dry day. Some darly
mist and clouds to thing, then into long spells of
sunshine in Sunshine could be followed by
showers, Essex is at risk, not quite as warm tomorrow, temperatures in
are getting up to 26 Celsius. Still a north`easterly breeze, a cooler
coastal forecast, temperatures at 21 or 23 Celsius, it is mainly dry a
lot of sunny weather across the region. The only have a bit of a
shift, this is the pressure pattern for the weekend, a cold front
heading southwards, introducing cooler conditions, at the rhsk of
showers as well. Saturday looks OK, cloud then sunshine, later hn the
day, increasing cloud could bring one or two showers, drive S`turday.
Sunday is a bit cooler, sunshine, but the odd shower possible. The
Monday, it is still cool, btt after Monday, high`pressure coming in A
quick barometer reading. We have 1017 millibars. That's for ts, have
Well, when did we start funding projects in Gaza?
How do you know people are telling the truth?
Well, when did we start funding projects in Gaza?
I should never have done this. I should never have agreed to this.
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