Lauren Cope Education correspondent firstname.lastname@example.org @EDPLauren Is gap getting worse in Norfolk between children of poor families and wealthy ones? Friday, March 17, 2017 Lauren Cope Action needs to be taken to stop areas of deprivation across the region becoming more disadvantaged, it has been claimed, amid fears the gap is widening between affluent and struggling young people. Parents battle to secure support for Norfolk children with special educational needs Thursday, March 16, 2017 Lauren Cope Dwindling cash for complex needs support and oversubscribed specialist schools have left some parents claiming they face a battle to secure help for some of the region’s most vulnerable children. Watton students rack up their word counts thanks to school reading project Wednesday, March 15, 2017 Lauren Cope Pupils in Watton are seeing their word counts spiral into the millions thanks to a new school scheme to encourage reading. Exclusive: 'Failing our children' - 100 Norfolk pupils not getting education after being expelled Tuesday, March 14, 2017 Lauren Cope Soaring numbers of pupils being expelled from Norfolk’s schools mean that almost 100 children have fallen through the cracks and are currently missing out on any type of education. Steep rise in permanent exclusions a ‘significant barrier’ to Short Stay School for Norfolk, inspectors say Monday, March 13, 2017 Lauren Cope The steep rise in exclusions has left a school for children who have been excluded facing “significant barriers” to giving pupils a high-quality education. Husky sledding, igloo building and skiing - Norfolk astronomer returns from charity Arctic adventure Sunday, March 12, 2017 Lauren Cope A Norfolk astronomer who spent five days building igloos, snowshoeing and husky sledding during an Arctic adventure for a children’s charity is back on Norfolk soil. How being labelled as ‘dire’ help turn Norfolk schools around - and what needs to happen next Sunday, March 12, 2017 Lauren Cope When the reputation of education in Norfolk hit rock bottom four years ago, it also served as a turning point. As part of our Fighting For Their Futures campaign, Lauren Cope examines how far we have come. Updated: Man arrested in Northrepps on suspicion of firearms offences Sunday, March 12, 2017 Lauren Cope Police have arrested a man on suspicion of firearms offences in Northrepps. Norwich college celebrates students at employers at annual Apprenticeship Awards Sunday, March 12, 2017 Lauren Cope A celebration of apprentices and those who support their training has been held in Norwich. Plane trailing animal cruelty statement flies over Carrow Road during Norwich City game Saturday, March 11, 2017 Lauren Cope A plane trailing a banner with a political message has been spotted flying above Norwich. ‘You don’t have to be the next Einstein’ - 25-year-old hosts event to show science is for everyone Saturday, March 11, 2017 Lauren Cope A soon-to-be scientist and young mum has attracted more than 450 people to a science day in Norwich to show that anyone can love the field - regardless of their background. Drive to make schools a safe haven for refugees arriving into the county Saturday, March 11, 2017 Lauren Cope A new county wide scheme hopes to encourage schools to become sanctuaries for those in need of help. Video: Ed Balls praises Alex Neil’s ‘dignified’ reaction to sacking at event Saturday, March 11, 2017 Lauren Cope Norwich City chairman Ed Balls praised Alex Neil’s dignified response to the sacking, a fan has said. ALEX NEIL SACKED: Fans share their thoughts Friday, March 10, 2017 Lauren Cope We asked our readers to let us know their thoughts on Alex Neil’s sacking. Here are a selection below: Will school trips soon be a thing of the past? Friday, March 10, 2017 Lauren Cope Schools are being forced to cut back on trips and after-school clubs as a result of a funding crisis, headteachers have warned. Video: Comedian and author David O’Doherty entertains Norwich youngsters during school visit Tuesday, March 7, 2017 Lauren Cope Youngsters in Norwich became comedian and author David O’Doherty’s latest audience during a whistle-stop visit to the city. How chirpy is your child? Happiness classes for 5-10s are coming to Norfolk Monday, March 6, 2017 Lauren Cope A mindfulness teacher will be holding free happiness classes in Norfolk for children aged five to 10. Government announces £4m funding for special educational needs in Norfolk and Suffolk Saturday, March 4, 2017 Lauren Cope Facilities for some of the most vulnerable children in Norfolk and Suffolk could be bolstered by a £4m investment in special needs education. Norwich students taken to Twickenham to play five-a-side before Six Nations kicks off Friday, March 3, 2017 Lauren Cope Sporting students made the way for rugby stars as they played a five-a-side match at Twickenham. Sub-perb effort from Norwich students who triumphed in sandwich contest Friday, March 3, 2017 Lauren Cope A sandwich designed by Norwich students is on shelves across the region, after it triumphed in a regional contest. Number of home educating parents in Norfolk trebles over a decade Friday, March 3, 2017 Lauren Cope Dissatisfaction with traditional schooling has seen the number of parents in Norfolk shunning the classroom for the flexibility of home educating treble over a decade.