19/03/2017 South East Today

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Six people have been taken to hospital -


two with life-threatening injuries - after a collision


between a car and pedestrians on the High Street in


The driver of a black VW Beetle is being treated for minor injuries


The two most seriously injured pedestrians have been taken


Schools in Medway are struggling to recruit and retain teachers


and are having to look overseas to fill empty places.


The Council says they're losing out to London and more


Bansal primary in Medway is classed as outstanding by Ofsted, no mean


feat in an area where finding and keeping teachers is a


For one, neighbouring London can tempt them away with


enhanced salaries but there's another hurdle.


I think there has certainly in the past, a view that


Medway is a difficult place to work, pupils are challenging and there


I think colleagues are working really,


really hard to change that and, certainly in Medway schools, results


are improving and we expect that to continue.


Medway Council is looking as far afield as South Africa and


It's holding a recruitment fair on Wednesday.


Some say the Government is doing its bit.


For the year 2016-2017, there are 15,000 extra trainee teachers


What we have seen over the last 20 years, irrespective of


different political parties, has been a stability in a number


But Government figures show, over the last few years,


the numbers leaving the profession have gone up while


recruitment targets have been consistently missed.


The announcement of ?320 million more


for free schools has missed the point, say some.


I've always supported good schools expanding.


I think I'd much rather see people putting


their focus will do that, rather than just building another school


and another school, and another school, with no guarantee of success


The national union of teachers blames workload for so


One third quit within five years of joining.


Thousands of people have taken part in the 33rd Hastings half marathon.


The winner Ben Fish battled the windy conditions.


It's a second win for the man nicknamed the Blackburn flyer.


The finish is very tough in that headwind.


It is a very hard last two and a half miles along there.


My best time was 67:08 when I won it seven years ago.


If the conditions were like last week, I


But I knew going in that it would be difficult.


Football, and it was dreadful weekend of results.


Brighton failed to go top after losing to Leeds United.


The Leeds goalkeeper Robert Green kept his side


Knockaert and Glenn Murray, the Brighton players,


It was nearly an hour before the first shot on target.


The Seagulls needed a win to return to the top of the


championship after Newcastle drew at Birmingham.


If Chris Hughton's side is going to win promotion this


season, it's going to be a nerve-racking affair.


In the League 1, the worst thing for Gillingham


After losing to Bolton last week, Gillingham


conceded another four goals this week.


Mendez Lang got the first after ten minutes.


George Parker equalised seven minutes later.


Cody McDonald knocked on the door but was


From then on, Rochdale ran the show with Mendez Lang


The Gills were reduced to ten men just


The fourth goal came right at the end of the game.


Charlton got off to a good start with a bit of magic from Ricky


Tony Watt came close to making it two a couple of minutes


later, however the Blades, the bookies' favourite to win


promotion this year, kept their composure and


In League 2, a very flat game against


The home side took the lead before James Collins balanced the


The home side held on for the three points, despite


But with nine minutes left, Crawley failed to make


A very brisk south-westerly wind at times


and an awful lot of low cloud, and some misty


Now, it's still going to be mild heading to the start of next week.


Mild on Monday but rather wet and windy at times.


Some outbreaks of light rain and drizzle.


Then it's looking colder, but also brighter


with some sunshine from Tuesday onwards.


We could even see a touch of night-time frost as we head


through the middle part of the week, just in the rural,


There will also be some outbreaks of rain, as you can see.


Turning rather wet, a damp and grey start to the day tomorrow.


Still windy and we start the day on a mild


note at around 10-11 C in most places.


A bit of a grey start, some low cloud and mist over the downs as


Staying quiet blustery through the course of


tomorrow and theis rain band will put it to a south-eastward through


Then turning much colder on on Monday night.


By Tuesday, dry with some sunshine but


Not sure I like the sound of that. That's it for now. I will have a


late bulletin for you at 22 minutes past ten. From all of us here, do


have a good evening. Goodbye for now.


Hello. For most of March so far it has felt quite mild and springlike


but we are in