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Coming up: funding cuts for nearly half of schools in Oxfordshire
Also - as Oxford Children's Hospital celebrates its 10th anniversary,
there's a new appeal to help future patients.
Dense fog patches will reduce visibility tonight and tomorrow, I
will have the details later. It's been revealed nearly half
of Oxfordshire's schools are going to lose money under
new government plans. The way education is funded is being
looked at across the country - to deal with unfairness
in the system. But campaigners in Oxfordshire say
some schools could be worse off It's the ultimate
political football. Oxfordshire schools have
traditionally been in the lower half of the league when it
comes to school funding. Last year, the government
promised to tackle Hopes were raised that
schools here would be in for a big win, but actually nearly
half of schools are going to lose 133 schools will get
more funding, by 0.8% for Oxfordshire schools.
That's below inflation. And when the new
formula was revealed, Overall I think
it's horrendous, I think we are facing an unsustainable
cut to our budgets. And for struggling smaller schools,
the consequences are very serious. but I don't just see how that
can work in practice. And I think there will
be a huge political backlash Badgemore Primary School
in Henley will lose Headteacher Jackie Steele says that
could mean losing a member of staff. It's going to be even harder
to achieve, you know, the results and the standards
that we are being expected to achieve,
the bar is being raised ever higher, and we are being stretched ever
further, and I think that's a really big
ask of school leaders. At the other end of the funding
league table, which is getting a 2.8%
boost under the new formula, but headteacher Lynn Knapp says that
money will really only When we were looking
at going to deficit, we were actually, we can't employee any
extra staff, we may even have to So, by having either
a standstill figure or at least an increase we are just
protecting the staff we've got. The Department for Education insists
the new formula will mean an end to the postcode lottery in
school funding, but in Oxfordshire fears remained that for some schools
losing out, it could be game over. More than 40% of junior doctors
have admitted to falling asleep at the wheel,
on their way home. The BBC's Inside Out
programme has investigated the impact of night shifts,
by putting a junior doctor from Oxford through a driving
simulator, at the end After just 19 minutes,
on the virtual motorway in Berkshire, she started having
so called micro-sleeps. Fatigue is a huge road safety
problem. Our own perception of our fatigue level tends to be behind
reality and by the time we have realised it, we could already have
made a serious mistake that could have led to a collision.
After a nine-month delay, a new unit to provide urgent medical
support at the Townlands Hospital in Henley has now opened.
Building work is finally complete on the Rapid Access Care Unit.
It's part of the ?10 million hospital project.
The Oxford Children's Hospital is celebrating its 10th anniversary
and is marking the milestone with a new fundraising effort.
It provides some of the most specialist care in the UK.
A leading brain surgeon has helped hundreds of young people.
My name is Jay Jayamohan, and I'm a paediatric neurosurgeon
at the Oxford Children's Hospital here in the John Radcliffe Hospital.
We start at about 7.45 and we do a handover
..a patient who was diagnosed with spina bifida.
When he was born he was taken straight into intensive care, he had
his spine closed at two days old, he had his first shunt put in at
one-week-old, and then when he was two weeks old we went home.
So he's had quite a few operations
What we're going to need to do is get him seen by
physiotherapists, community paediatricians.
Sometimes, you have to give bad news to families.
It is possible and probable that he'll
But as long as he continues to make progress then we just keep going.
Being able to make them understand that actually this is the best way
forward and this is something that has to be done requires a lot of
Come on, big lad! He's heavy.
Having children has certainly has impacted
It's no good if you get so overwhelmed that
you can't do the operation, so you have to be
able to say yes, this is a really big deal
but that actually we've got to get on with it
and do it in a calm and controlled manner.
Leighton is a young boy who had problems
with fluid build-up on his brain
for which he had a telescopic operation.
Amy got a phone call from the hospital to say
I put his life in the hands of Mr Jayamohan
and I've never been more happy at the decision I've
Since then everything has just gone uphill.
Mr Jayamohan rings Amy just out of the blue,
We struck gold with our consultant, he's amazing.
I get to come in every day and do operations on sick babies and
make them better, and for those that I can't make better I make what time
they have as enjoyable for them and their families as possible.
Tomorrow, we'll meet four-year-old Alan Moulder from Banbury
who received life-saving treatment for cancer at the Oxford
There's also coverage on the BBC Radio Oxford breakfast show.
The international trade secretary Dr Liam Fox has been shown around
Banbury's engineering firm, Pro Drive.
He visited the motorsport company as the government launched
It's promising to invest in science and support new businesses
as part of plans to improve the post-Brexit UK economy.
A choir in Oxford has completed a music marathon to raise money
St Mary Magdalen dates back to the Saxon times.
The choir there has now sung the complete Latin
We need a fairly large sum of money, because the roof
The problem mainly is that part of the building is
medieval and part is Victorian and where things have been joined
together, then the lead is splitting or the guttering is giving way,
slates are loose, and of course, being a listed building, then
everything has to be specially chosen and specially
arranged, and we need to keep this old lady,
She needs a new hat, I suppose you might say.
It's quite a challenge to sing so much music continuously, which is
why we have a team of people so we're doing it in shifts.
I've got three other members of my family singing
We're doing it partly to raise awareness
but also to have a chance to sing this music and have a sense of how
it fits together and how it fits into the history of the church and
It has been a pretty foggy start to the week and we hold
onto the foggy conditions both tonight and tomorrow
but through the week, the fog will start to clear
and we'll see some clearer conditions with drier air
Cold at times but mainly dry this week.
A lot of fog overnight tonight which may
be dense in places and temperatures will fall away into minus figures.
In the countryside we could see lows of minus six Celsius.
So, a bitterly cold start to the day tomorrow,
that freezing fog may linger through much of the day.
But we're hopeful that it will start to break
in places to allow for some sunny spells but the cloud may linger here
and there with the fog lifting into low cloud and temperatures
reaching a high of four to six Celsius, so it
Tomorrow night, further foggy conditions are
There will be a good deal of cloud in the early hours of
A frost is also likely where we have the clearing
skies and temperatures not as low as tonight, dropping to around
So a cold, potentially frosty and foggy start to the day on
Wednesday, we're more likely to see any brightness the
further west you are with more cloud for eastern areas and temperatures
Another cold day with all that cloud.
Thursday will see some lovely sunny conditions although the big
difference is, we'll draw in the air from
the continent and Europe at the
moment is very cold indeed and so that
south easterly breeze will
bring some colder air towards us through Thursday.
Friday, outbreaks of rain are a possibility here and there
As we look ahead to the weekend, it will
stay mainly dry and it will be a little less
cold than this week with
temperatures up into high single figures and there will be some
For the weekend we will have dry weather with sunny spells and it
will be a little bit milder. Good evening. We are continuing to
see huge righty in the weather. Getting the detail right is proving
to be a challenge. This was in Pembrokeshire and other parts of the
UK were gloomy throughout the day. The fog is thickening up right now.