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Watch: The east London pupils who are top of the class

St Stephen's Primary in East Ham has taken the top spot in the prestigious Sunday Times league table.

Despite 96% speaking English as a second language, they got the highest scores in reading, spellings and maths in their SATs.

Big increase in school exclusions

BBC Spotlight

The number of children excluded from schools in Devon has more than doubled in the past year.

Figures from Devon County Council show 145 pupils were expelled last year - that's a rise of 66% on the previous year.

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The majority of exclusions were because of persistent disruptive behaviour, with physical assault being the next most common reason.

The figures also show that children with special educational needs are 10 times more likely to be excluded than their peers.

School cuts: Why these pupils are protesting
Lucy, Sophie and Jess say they've all been directly affected by cuts to school budgets in England.

Making waves: The urban schoolboy sailors

They've just competed in the world's largest offshore race
The inner-city school taking the sailing world by storm