10/02/2017 Spotlight


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Teacher's unions claim that a government plan to change the way

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schools are funded could mean the region's schools will face

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Hundreds of headteachers have joined a major campaign

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In Devon, the county council says almost two thirds of children

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will lose out if the fairer funding formula gets the go ahead.

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With the details here's our political reporter, Anna Varle.

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It's never too young to get engaged in current affairs.

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But this school is amongst hundreds across the region which is taking

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politics out of the classroom and direct to Westminster.

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In Devon, pupils like me are currently worth ?290 less

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To make it fairer, the government is looking at changing

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What we're trying to do is make sure that every single child,

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wherever they're growing up in England gets the same amount

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of funding, with then top up in relation to additional needs,

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whether it's in relation to deprivation, which has been based

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on out of date data up until now, or indeed additional funding

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But Devon County Council is one local authority which has

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And it says, far from being better off, 61.9%

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Why should a Devon child be worth that much less than somebody

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The government's got to do something about it.

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Unions claim the formula, coupled with increasing

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costs such as inflation, could lead to the region's schools

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being ?105 million worse off in the next three years.

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Which will result in fewer teachers and larger class sizes.

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That's why headteachers across Devon and Cornwall are sending out letters

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to parents asking them to get involved and write to their MP.

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You can't sit there and say that it's the school's job to do

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Your children go over, so you've got a bit of a responsibility

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to make sure you support the school your children go to.

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The more pressure we put on, hopefully the more

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Even Devon's Tory MPs are threatening to oppose

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If these proposals are adopted, we're going to have 15

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primary schools gaining, 20 losing out, and all the secondary

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This is clearly neither fair nor acceptable.

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The government says that under this new formula,

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schools in Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset will benefit.

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The consultation runs until the 22nd of March,

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and it's keen to hear from parents, schools, governors -

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And Sunday Politics is on at 11.00am on Sunday morning here on BBC One,

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with guests Peregrine Mears, Sheryl Murray and Gareth Derrick.

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How have we arrived at the situation where some schools say they will

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have left? Who does vary from one local

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authority to another and also from one school to another. Some think

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that overall they will gain from the changes but of course there will be

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winners and losers between individual schools. A similar

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situation in Somerset. Devon has historically been one of the worst

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funded authorities in the country and it clearly feels that overall it

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will emerge even worse off if these proposals go through and one Devon

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MP said in Parliament recently after all of the years of campaigning, to

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get this situation changed, to get a fairer result as they see it in

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Devon, nobody really anticipated that when the James finally

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happened, coming out the other side with Devon being worse off. Devon is

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far from alone. There are lots of very angry MPs in Westminster from

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other rural parts of the country that say when you add up the figures

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schools in their areas are going to be worse off as well.

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Thank you very much for joining us. And Sunday Politics is on at 11.00am

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on Sunday morning here on BBC One, with guests Peregrine Mears,

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Sheryl Murray and Gareth Derrick. A swan has been killed in Exeter

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in what police say appears The body of the swan was found

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earlier this week and the news has shocked and angered people

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who regularly visit and feed them. The birds are a protected species

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and it's illegal to harm them. If it is, you know,

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a person that has done this, It does unfortunately happen

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to swans, swans do get attacked and of course

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it is against the law. All wild birds in the UK

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are protected under the wildlife countryside act so if people do see

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any crime against birds, please, Tomorrow's football could provide

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what's been described by some as the biggest Devon Derby ever

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between Plymouth Argyle While Argyle may be nine points

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ahead of their rivals, the Grecians are in top form,

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having won their last seven games. We have to get the balance right

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between being overconfident and not. Somewhere in the middle

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is what is best. I think we have earned

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the opportunity to be optimistic, but we have got

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to be really careful. Always a derby match is a special

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occasion for the whole area. And for a manager and players,

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it is no different. There will be a full house

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here tomorrow and both sets of supporters and

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players are ready for it. And there'll be full commentary

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of that match on BBC Radio Devon. The colour of our weather

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at the moment is definitely blue. A widespread frost overnight tonight

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and a bitterly cold day tomorrow We are importing some

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pretty low temperatures The weather front trapped

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in the flow introducing thick enough cloud for a few

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wintry showers. Some overnight tonight,

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but not many, and enough clear skies to get those temperatures fairly

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low, down as low as minus two So a frost first thing tomorrow

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morning and the best of the sunshine across the more western parts

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of our region, certainly Cornwall Further east there is quite thick

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cloud and capable of producing some sleet or snow showers

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during the day. Some of us getting away with some

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sunny spells but look at the temperatures,

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no more than three or four degrees With that cold wind as well

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it is going to feel bitterly cold. And that cold wind again is with us

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on Sunday but there is a pool of slightly less cold air

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across southern parts of France and gradually that

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will move northwards, not on Sunday though,

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Sunday is another cold day and another very blustery day

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with a high wind chill. By the time we get into Tuesday

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and more especially Wednesday of next week then we start to see

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temperatures come back. Monday could well be a bright

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and dry and windy day but at least the temperatures

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are starting to recover. Double figures by the time we get

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to Tuesday and Wednesday. There'll be more from the Spotlight

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team, at the earlier time And don't forget, full coverage

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of the big Devon Derby exception to that rule probably over

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the hills where again there could be a bit of snow, but not accumulating.

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Another cold However I paint this weekend's

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picture, I'll need a palette of grey. Thereby a a lot of cloud

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around but I managed to find some sunshine. I don't know how but there

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was a couple of hours towards the south-west in Cornwall, a beautiful

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day. The south-west saw glimpses of sunshine. Further east, cloudy, cold

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and grey with winds off the North seep and a scattering of wintry

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showers. Yes, rain sleet and snow, a dusting at lower levels through the

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day. It

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