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Educating Norfolk: Partnerships and co-operation

07:00 27 February 2014

Nick Daubney is the leader of West Norfolk Council. Picture: Ian Burt

Nick Daubney is the leader of West Norfolk Council. Picture: Ian Burt

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A key part of the London Challenge, which helped transform education in that city, was building partnerships not just between schools, but also other agencies such as borough councils, businesses and universities.

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Within Norfolk, the West Norfolk Partnership launched an innovative Attainment Project, bringing together the borough and county councils, the College of West Anglia, and the area’s primary and secondary schools.

The project has shared performance data for all west Norfolk schools to explore key trends, highlight strengths and find common priorities.

So far, its work has included teachers visiting outstanding schools in other areas, a teachers’ conference in King’s Lynn to provide high-quality speakers on their doorstep, master classes in areas like literacy and curriculum shaping, and an aspiring leaders’ programme which 35 teachers have joined.

Nick Daubney, chairman of the West Norfolk Partnership, said: “Our schools and college have embraced the project and although we are still in the early stages, their hard work is delivering demonstrable improvements in the classroom. We know that there is still a way to go, but with continued collective commitment, I think we can make lasting improvements to attainment in West Norfolk.”

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