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Coming up: funding cuts for nearly half of schools in Oxfordshire

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Also - as Oxford Children's Hospital celebrates its 10th anniversary,

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there's a new appeal to help future patients.

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Dense fog patches will reduce visibility tonight and tomorrow, I

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will have the details later. It's been revealed nearly half

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of Oxfordshire's schools are going to lose money under

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new government plans. The way education is funded is being

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looked at across the country - to deal with unfairness

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in the system. But campaigners in Oxfordshire say

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some schools could be worse off It's the ultimate

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political football. Oxfordshire schools have

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traditionally been in the lower half of the league when it

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comes to school funding. Last year, the government

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promised to tackle Hopes were raised that

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schools here would be in for a big win, but actually nearly

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half of schools are going to lose 133 schools will get

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more funding, by 0.8% for Oxfordshire schools.

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That's below inflation. And when the new

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formula was revealed, Overall I think

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it's horrendous, I think we are facing an unsustainable

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cut to our budgets. And for struggling smaller schools,

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the consequences are very serious. but I don't just see how that

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can work in practice. And I think there will

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be a huge political backlash Badgemore Primary School

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in Henley will lose Headteacher Jackie Steele says that

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could mean losing a member of staff. It's going to be even harder

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to achieve, you know, the results and the standards

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that we are being expected to achieve,

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the bar is being raised ever higher, and we are being stretched ever

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further, and I think that's a really big

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ask of school leaders. At the other end of the funding

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league table, which is getting a 2.8%

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boost under the new formula, but headteacher Lynn Knapp says that

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money will really only When we were looking

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at going to deficit, we were actually, we can't employee any

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extra staff, we may even have to So, by having either

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a standstill figure or at least an increase we are just

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protecting the staff we've got. The Department for Education insists

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the new formula will mean an end to the postcode lottery in

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school funding, but in Oxfordshire fears remained that for some schools

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losing out, it could be game over. More than 40% of junior doctors

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have admitted to falling asleep at the wheel,

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on their way home. The BBC's Inside Out

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programme has investigated the impact of night shifts,

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by putting a junior doctor from Oxford through a driving

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simulator, at the end After just 19 minutes,

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on the virtual motorway in Berkshire, she started having

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so called micro-sleeps. Fatigue is a huge road safety

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problem. Our own perception of our fatigue level tends to be behind

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reality and by the time we have realised it, we could already have

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made a serious mistake that could have led to a collision.

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After a nine-month delay, a new unit to provide urgent medical

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support at the Townlands Hospital in Henley has now opened.

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Building work is finally complete on the Rapid Access Care Unit.

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It's part of the ?10 million hospital project.

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The Oxford Children's Hospital is celebrating its 10th anniversary

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and is marking the milestone with a new fundraising effort.

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It provides some of the most specialist care in the UK.

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A leading brain surgeon has helped hundreds of young people.

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My name is Jay Jayamohan, and I'm a paediatric neurosurgeon

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at the Oxford Children's Hospital here in the John Radcliffe Hospital.

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We start at about 7.45 and we do a handover

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..a patient who was diagnosed with spina bifida.

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When he was born he was taken straight into intensive care, he had

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his spine closed at two days old, he had his first shunt put in at

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one-week-old, and then when he was two weeks old we went home.

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So he's had quite a few operations

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What we're going to need to do is get him seen by

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physiotherapists, community paediatricians.

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Sometimes, you have to give bad news to families.

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It is possible and probable that he'll

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But as long as he continues to make progress then we just keep going.

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Being able to make them understand that actually this is the best way

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forward and this is something that has to be done requires a lot of

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Come on, big lad! He's heavy.

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Having children has certainly has impacted

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It's no good if you get so overwhelmed that

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you can't do the operation, so you have to be

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able to say yes, this is a really big deal

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but that actually we've got to get on with it

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and do it in a calm and controlled manner.

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Leighton is a young boy who had problems

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with fluid build-up on his brain

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for which he had a telescopic operation.

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Amy got a phone call from the hospital to say

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I put his life in the hands of Mr Jayamohan

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and I've never been more happy at the decision I've

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Since then everything has just gone uphill.

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Mr Jayamohan rings Amy just out of the blue,

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We struck gold with our consultant, he's amazing.

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I get to come in every day and do operations on sick babies and

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make them better, and for those that I can't make better I make what time

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they have as enjoyable for them and their families as possible.

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Tomorrow, we'll meet four-year-old Alan Moulder from Banbury

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who received life-saving treatment for cancer at the Oxford

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There's also coverage on the BBC Radio Oxford breakfast show.

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The international trade secretary Dr Liam Fox has been shown around

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Banbury's engineering firm, Pro Drive.

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He visited the motorsport company as the government launched

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It's promising to invest in science and support new businesses

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as part of plans to improve the post-Brexit UK economy.

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A choir in Oxford has completed a music marathon to raise money

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St Mary Magdalen dates back to the Saxon times.

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The choir there has now sung the complete Latin

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We need a fairly large sum of money, because the roof

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The problem mainly is that part of the building is

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medieval and part is Victorian and where things have been joined

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together, then the lead is splitting or the guttering is giving way,

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slates are loose, and of course, being a listed building, then

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everything has to be specially chosen and specially

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arranged, and we need to keep this old lady,

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She needs a new hat, I suppose you might say.

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It's quite a challenge to sing so much music continuously, which is

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why we have a team of people so we're doing it in shifts.

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I've got three other members of my family singing

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We're doing it partly to raise awareness

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but also to have a chance to sing this music and have a sense of how

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it fits together and how it fits into the history of the church and

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It has been a pretty foggy start to the week and we hold

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onto the foggy conditions both tonight and tomorrow

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but through the week, the fog will start to clear

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and we'll see some clearer conditions with drier air

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Cold at times but mainly dry this week.

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A lot of fog overnight tonight which may

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be dense in places and temperatures will fall away into minus figures.

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In the countryside we could see lows of minus six Celsius.

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So, a bitterly cold start to the day tomorrow,

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that freezing fog may linger through much of the day.

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But we're hopeful that it will start to break

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in places to allow for some sunny spells but the cloud may linger here

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and there with the fog lifting into low cloud and temperatures

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reaching a high of four to six Celsius, so it

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Tomorrow night, further foggy conditions are

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There will be a good deal of cloud in the early hours of

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A frost is also likely where we have the clearing

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skies and temperatures not as low as tonight, dropping to around

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So a cold, potentially frosty and foggy start to the day on

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Wednesday, we're more likely to see any brightness the

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further west you are with more cloud for eastern areas and temperatures

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Another cold day with all that cloud.

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Thursday will see some lovely sunny conditions although the big

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difference is, we'll draw in the air from

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the continent and Europe at the

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moment is very cold indeed and so that

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south easterly breeze will

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bring some colder air towards us through Thursday.

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Friday, outbreaks of rain are a possibility here and there

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As we look ahead to the weekend, it will

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stay mainly dry and it will be a little less

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cold than this week with

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temperatures up into high single figures and there will be some

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For the weekend we will have dry weather with sunny spells and it

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will be a little bit milder. Good evening. We are continuing to

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see huge righty in the weather. Getting the detail right is proving

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to be a challenge. This was in Pembrokeshire and other parts of the

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UK were gloomy throughout the day. The fog is thickening up right now.

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