19/01/2017 Look East (West)


19/01/2017

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me now on BBC Two. That's Newsnight with

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Must try harder - with below average results from most

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Big in Bedford - how a community of entrepreneurs are hoping to put

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And plenty of winter sunshine to end the working week.

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All the details later in the programme.

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Most children in our region are leaving school

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with qualifications below the national average.

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Pupils are now measured using Attainment 8, based

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on a broad range of GCSE and other results

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Only Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire were above

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Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire were just below.

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With Luton then Peterbourough falling well behind.

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And concerns about pupils average results in Fenland has caused

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the Government to commit an extra ?6 million to help them.

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Figuring out the formula for success.

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The answer may be as complex as cracking this equation,

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but the Government is opening a new ?6 million fund

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The children at this Wisbech school live in one of the country's

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A share of the money will help recruit new teachers

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As we know, educational outcomes improves social mobility.

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Because of the access to further education and the labour market.

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However, it is about much more, because we have to raise

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We need them to want to do well, to believe that success

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is possible, but also to engage with their learning.

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That goal of raising aspirations is what prompted the local MP to

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My parents did not go to university, my mum

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left school at 15 without a single academic qualification.

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My dad left school at 16, and I got the

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I once children in schools in my area

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not to say, well, my parents didn't go to university, or my parents

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didn't do certain jobs, and therefore I don't think it will be

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I want children within Fenland and East Cambridgeshire to have those

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These pupils may only be a few miles away from the more affluent centres

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of Peterborough and Cambridge, but historically, schools here have

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received less funding than other parts of the country.

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The concern is that low levels of finding can lead to low levels

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of ambition among children from poorer backgrounds.

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They do need that constant push and motivation sometimes to push

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them to get that bit further in education.

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It doesn't matter which school you go to, if you work hard enough,

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you can go where you want to go. When you aspirations take you.

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When you apply for things, they see your postcode,

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and they think, oh, someone from, say, somewhere in London would

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They are more likely to get something.

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However, I have worked really hard and I have pushed

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So what does social mobility look like?

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The question posed at this careers event in Cambridge.

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Here, children are being encouraged to think about where good school

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It's something that opens up career paths for them,

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extends their opportunity, gives them the access

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to higher paying jobs, more satisfying careers.

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According to the Government, the new ?6 million fund

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will break down barriers by rewarding disadvantaged children.

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But with 75 schools across East Cambridgeshire

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and Fenland sharing the money, is the good news spread too thinly?

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to those league tables that were published earlier

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Well, until this year, how a school performed was judged

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on the number of children who got five GCSEs at grades A star to C.

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Simple but unfair, according to headteachers.

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Schools argued that the league tables didn't reflect the extra

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effort it took to teach children who weren't high-achievers,

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children from families who don't speak English,

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children who tend to live in deprived areas like Fenland.

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So if you were a school for instance in a low income area

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like East Cambridgeshire, chances were you'd be

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languishing at the lower end of the league tables.

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This new tranche of money it's hoped will give those

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So those were the old league tables - what's replaced them?

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Something called Progress 8 and Attainment 8.

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Progress 8 charts the progress a child makes

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Attainment 8 measures a pupil's average score across eight subjects.

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It may be fairer but for parents who like to read league tables,

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this new system is certainly more complicated.

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An investigation's underway after a pedestrian was knocked down

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and killed by a fire engine in Royston.

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It happened last night while the vehicle was responding

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The man's been named as Mitchell Bailey,

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It was during a routine call to a house fire at around 8:45pm

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last night that this fire engine came off the road and overturned.

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It is unclear what happened to cause the crash,

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which resulted in a pedestrian losing his life.

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According to the police, the fire engine was going

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Instead, it overturned here, hitting a pedestrian.

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Police say the man died at the scene.

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His next of kin have been informed and are being supported

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saw and heard what happened and said they're left stunned.

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I heard it coming down the road, I wondered what it was.

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We heard all that the commotion and I think after it happened.

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We saw the blue lights flashing from my house.

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We could see all of the fire engines and police coming.

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We heard the air ambulance coming as well.

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It must be devastating for the family obviously.

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And the fire crew, especially the driver.

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I think it has left the town in shock, really.

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Four people were on board the fire engine at the time.

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Two were taken to hospital for precautionary checks.

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Today, Hertfordshire's Chief Fire Officer offered his condolences

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We are supporting the police in all their work.

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We know there was an accident, we do know unfortunately someone died.

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We are there to help and save people.

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We don't want to be involved in incidents like this.

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Again, condolences to everyone involved.

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Investigations by both the police and Fire Service are now underway.

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To find out how and why this came to happen.

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Cambridge has its science parks, Northamptonshire a world-renowned

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motor racing centre, and Stevenage is the centre

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But when you think of business in Bedford, no major

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So tonight, the first meeting of the Community Business School

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is taking place to try and grow "from the ground up"

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Working from his parents' kitchen table in Bedford,

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26-year-old Alex Somerville is part of a new breed of entrepreneurs.

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With a friend, he founded One Third Stories.

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He publishes educational children's books written partly in English

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He has sold 2000 copies already, but entering the world of business

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As a languages graduate and linguistics and literature

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graduate, we didn't know about entrepreneurship

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The thing that helps the most, we have found, is having people

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around you who can guide, mentor and support you.

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The local MP is putting on a master class for local

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Helping small businesses to become bigger.

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I think it is important that Bedford focuses on small businesses.

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I also think that Government should focus on it.

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We have seen big businesses getting away with murder.

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It is our small businesses, truthfully, that create new products

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and innovations as much as large companies.

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There is no doubt that Bedford is an entrepreneurial time.

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You are 20% more likely than you are here as in the rest of the UK.

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Look here, not packed full of chain stores in this arcade.

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In fact, almost every single shop is a small,

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Zak will be speaking at tonight's conference.

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His barber business, started in Bedford, is growing fast.

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In a year he has gone from four shops in this region

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For him, it is no surprise that Bedford is a hub for entrepreneurs.

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There is a lot of entrepreneurial people in Bedford,

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it is underestimated, there is support on offer

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People think there is not a lot going on here in Bedford,

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there is more in London and Milton Keynes,

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but when you haven't got those opportunities,

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But he hopes some of the tips he learns at the conference tonight

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will help him to succeed and be another Bedford success story.

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And that's the late news from Look East.

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I'll leave you with the weather from Julie.

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Although the blue on the map is indicating it is going to be cold.

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Clear skies, temperatures are really falling.

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It could drop a little bit lower than these

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numbers - down to possibly minus three or minus four.

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It is a widespread frost, and with light winds probably some

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patchy mist and fog, and even some ice, too.

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Tomorrow, high pressure in charge, so the dry conditions continue.

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Any mist and fog may take a little while to clear,

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And then the frost should go, and any remaining thicker cloud

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So it is a largely dry and sunny day tomorrow.

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Temperatures of around six Celsius, 43 Fahrenheit.

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And it looks like we'll have plenty of sunshine to end the week.

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And then under clear skies again tomorrow evening,

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those temperatures dropping away quite quickly.

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In a moment, Helen has the national forecast.

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But I will leave you with the outlook.

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With a little bit of brightness and sunshine.

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The best of the sunshine on Sunday, as far as the weekend is concerned.

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cloud on Sunday. Now the national picture.

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Good evening, it will gradually get colder in the UK in the next few

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days, something we don't have to worry about in Australia at this

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time of year. Of course it's the Australian tennis open at the moment

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and there's a big

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