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Here on BBC One it's time for the news where you are.

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Warnings about the future of education.

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A Wiltshire head teacher is tells parents that cuts are on the way

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Two of our cities are told their economies are booming,

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And after a raw day today, change under way. We go up 10 degrees by

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this weekend but there are some rain. I have all the details later

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in the programme. A head teacher in Wiltshire

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is warning that his school is one of hundreds in the west that

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are losing out under changes Tim Gilson from Malmesbury School

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says classes will get bigger. But whilst some school are suffering

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with the new system - Our political editor Paul Barltrop

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sent this report from Wiltshire. After years of pleading for help,

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schools across the West hoped last month's announcement would bring

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them the help they needed. But after looking in detail

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at the figures, many For while nearly 900

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will see their funding increase, In fact, many will be worse off,

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including this one. Malmesbury School is

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officially outstanding. Praised by Ofsted, popular

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with parents but facing a financial hit that has prompted the head

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to go public. It is just important that

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everyone understands I felt it was only fair to say

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to parents that they will see class sizes increasing,

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older textbooks, they will see fewer resources and some

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things that we used to do, Today, parents digested the letter

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from the school warning of cuts. The Government's claim that

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an unfair funding system Apparently, we are in the bottom 10%

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in the country for funding. If there's something that should not

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be cut, it is education, especially a school like this,

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which is doing very, very well. Teachers, especially at this school,

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are so dedicated and passionate. I just think it is a real

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shame that what they do Hearing about maths teaching

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at a Gloucester primary school today, Labour's Shadow

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Education Secretary. Teachers here and everywhere feel

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that the Government has got its sums wrong and that schools face

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financial challenges, or worse. They can see the concerns

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schools have at the moment. The school here today are concerned

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that if they have any more money cut from their budget,

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it will impact on staffing levels and their ability to provide some

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of the great resources that I've Hoping to taste success,

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Schools Minister, Nick Gibb. He toured this secondary school

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in Swindon, a borough whose schools will,

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on average, gain. But he says the Government simply

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does not have the money In any national formula change,

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there some will be some We have capped any losing school

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to 1.5% per year, 3% in total. But it is a fairer system that

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reflects more accurately Despite the controversy,

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the changes will be in by 2020. Earlier, I spoke to David Waugh

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from the Association of School and College Leaders and asked him

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if the new system will be better. I think, overall, it will not be

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a fairer system because there is not There is still going to be a great

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discrepancy between those funded at the very lowest levels and those

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funded at the very highest levels. The new system will acknowledge

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deprivation and those But the issue within the new formula

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is it just simply does not provide sufficiency for those schools

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at the bottom end. Ther are concerns about

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larger class sizes. I think there are thousands of head

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teachers across the country now working out the calculations

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for the next financial Looking at increasing class sizes,

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taking subjects off the curriculum, You mentioned stopping subjects,

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taking subjects off. The bottom line is it

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will be the subjects which are most expensive to run.

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It will be art, technology, sport... Those subjects where the resources

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and class sizes are so much But, being a maths teacher,

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you must be quite pleased, then. We need a broad and

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balanced curriculum. We need to be preparing

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students for a wider world, where they are numerate,

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they are literate, but they are also And to be able to present

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and lead and get involved. We have to have a broad

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and balanced curriculum. That curriculum cannot be

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determined by sheer cost. What is the worst-case

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scenario here? Worst-case scenario, honestly,

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there will be many headteachers around the country now worried

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that they can't pay Head teachers around the country

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are telling me that they simply cannot open the doors in 2018-19

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because there just isn't enough Two University of Bristol students

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who've suffered racist abuse on social media today made

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an official complaint Timi Ariyo and Tami Sotire handed

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over a file of evidence showing how they've been targeted in offensive

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messages and a video by a group of young men,

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including another student Following the statement they made

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on the BBC the other day, I didn't But the university is showing a lot

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of support and I think some good We are looking to start

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disciplinary procedures quickly, with the individual who is one

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of our students. And we're also looking to work

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with other universities for other The University of Bristol also says

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it's also looking at ways to make it easier for students who are dealing

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with such abuse to come forward. A new report says the Bristol

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and Bath area is now leading the country

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with its booming economy. But that same report warns that many

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aren't feeling the benefits, because there's also been a sharp

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increase in the cost of house prices It's up, up and away

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for Bristol's booming economy. Other cities still lag below

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where they were before the financial crash but a report out today shows

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Bristol soaring above them all. Compared to the rest of the country,

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only London has outpaced it The really good news from a living

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standards perspective is the employment rate has kept

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rising and it is amongst While the economy hots

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up, the housing market Estate agents in the city have

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never had it so good. We've seen an increase in prices

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of around 10% as an average. In some small pockets such

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as Southville, we've seen That is a really steep rise for one

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year's worth of trading. Again, the supply

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outstrips the demand. New figures show the cost

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of renting across Bristol and Bath has soared -

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up ?100 a month in Rising house prices also means it's

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harder for young people In 2001, around seven in ten

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of 25 to 39-year-olds Last year, that figure had

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fallen to just over half. Angie.

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Hi, Robin, nice to meet you. For Angie Palmer - who lives

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in Bristol's Bedminster area - This through here

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is the dining room. Small two-bedroom terrace

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and it is ?925 a month in rent. She works as a graphic-designer

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but it's still not enough to cover Demand for properties

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on her street was so intense, she took this place without even

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seeing it first. I have a child, I work part-time,

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I have a good job, yet my wage It is baffling but that is

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the situation and I am not the only It is not ideal and it's difficult,

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but it's how it is. Politicians are all too aware

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of the scale of Bristol's housing shortage and the new metro mayor

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elected this May is being urged Without enough affordable

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housing in the city, Bristol's economic successes

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could be short-lived. The tale of a gorilla who was raised

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like a child in a Gloucestershire John Daniel was adopted by

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Alyce Cunningham from Uley in 1918. The animal was sold

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to an American when he became Now a collection of pictures

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of John Daniel have been published It is a fascinating story and you

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can see more on our Facebook page. There's more news on the BBC News

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website and of course on your local We're back tomorrow

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in Breakfast from 6.30. But, for now, I'll say goodnight

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and leave you with Sara Thornton, After the raw day of today,

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some might be pleased to see rain on the globe because it

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suggests a change. It is becoming more unsettled

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in the coming days. The weather in from the south-west

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brings with it some milder air And, yes, as I say,

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we're talking about rain. Generally dry through

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the night tonight. Only a couple of flurries here

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and there toward the north-east. But it is fog that we will be

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watching for tomorrow morning and obviously frost,

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particularly out Temperatures just that slight

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bit milder the further It is a pretty dry,

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benign start to tomorrow. A bit of brightness at first

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but cloud thickening up after lunchtime, rain moving

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in from mid-afternoon onwards. That is with us through the evening

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and into the early hours The temperatures rising

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through the day at seven or eight Celsius as we finish out Friday,

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lifting all the time It clears first thing

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on Saturday morning. Saturday is generally dry,

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maybe a couple of showers around. But with rain, here's

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Helen with more. weekend. It's swings and

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roundabouts, higher temperatures but some rain as well.

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Good evening. It's been dry so far this January but as it draws to a

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close it looks like we will see some rain at last. It's been an

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interesting today a bitterly cold in Norfolk, way we kept the grey cloud

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