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Children's University graduation ceremony for youngsters from Catton Grove and Caister primary school's at Yarmouth College.
PHOTO: Nick Butcher

There was a sea of blue gowns and smiling faces as a group of youngsters celebrated their graduation.

Teacher listening to students. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The teacher recruitment crisis is, matched perhaps only by funding, the biggest challenge facing schools today. With efforts underway to tackle the shortage, education correspondent Lauren Cope reports.

Paston College student Matilda Bailes has secured her first major role in the musical Les Miserbles. Picture: PASTON COLLEGE

Talented young performer Matilda Bailes has landed her dream role in a production of the musical Les Misérables.

Graduation caps thrown in the air. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Teenagers in the region are some of the least likely in the country to apply for a place at university.

From left, Attleborough Academy assistant principal Carmina McConnell, young ambassadors  programme assistant Megan Bradbury, sixth formers Emma Seager, Eleanor French  and Alice Wells and Writer's Centre programme and learning manager Sophie Scott-Brown. Picture: ATTLEBOROUGH ACADEMY

Four young people from Attleborough Academy have joined a select group in a Unesco Young Ambassador’s Programme.

Suffolk County Council's Gordon Jones said the report was welcome. Picture: JAMES FLETCHER

Families have had to “fight every step of the way” to get help for the children with the greatest needs in Suffolk.

Stuart Rimmer, principal at Great Yarmouth College. Picture: Submitted

A college principal has issued a desperate call for school leaders to tackle mental health problems - as he revealed a 156pc rise in referrals in just one year.

Stuart Rimmer, principal at Great Yarmouth College. Picture: Submitted

A Great Yarmouth principal has said colleges must combat the rise in mental health issues among students - revealing that his college has seen a 156pc rise in referrals.

Piggy bank and stack of books

Three shifts in, and I had already decided (through my inexperienced assumptions) that I had an eternal hatred of work.

Norwich School has celebrated the opening of its new Blake Studio with a special showcase featuring about 100 pupils. Photo: supplied by Norwich School.

A city school has been celebrating the opening of a new theatre space.

From left to right, Max Harrison, building surveyor at Hamson Barron Smith, pupils Denzil Dube, Georgia Pegg, Shaun Burnett-Kiernan, Scott Gilbert and managing director of NPS Group Michael Britch. Picture: UTC Norfolk

Sixth formers in Norwich have designed a multi-million pound housing scheme in the city as part of a college challenge.

Ross Ashton, chair of governors at Cringleford CE VA Primary School, cut the ribbon to declare the new Tesco officially open. He was also presented with a cheque from £500 from store manager Richard Lawrence and his team. Picture: courtesy of Tesco Express, Cringleford

A new Cringleford convenience store has celebrated its launch by donating funds to a local primary school.

The team of pupils from Bungay High School who were crowned the East Anglia regional champions at the Coca-Cola European Partners Real Business Challenge. Picture: Solent news and photo agency.

Young entrepreneurs from Bungay have been crowned regional winners in a business competition after impressing the judges with their Olympics campaign.

Scribbles Pre-School in Bawdeswell has been rated outstanding by Ofsted. Pictured with youngsters at the Pre-School are (L) Anna Moody and Debbie Williams. Picture: Ian Burt

Children are thriving at a pre-school in Bawdeswell according to Ofsted inspectors.

Great Yarmouth College, some of the Valentine's messages posted by students to the college

Great Yarmouth College students and staff have been posting Valentine notes to their college.

NWHS student president Will Symonds and vice-president Megan Robson chair the first meeting of the student cabinet. Picture: Andy Newman

A 14-year-old student from North Walsham has followed Donald Trump to be inaugurated President after a close-fought election campaign – and he will now represent the town’s high school students for the next year.

The project between the Writers' Centre and Norwich School, which hopes to inspire young people to start creative writing. Picture: Norwich School

Tales of Norwich will published into a book as part of a scheme inspiring the next generation of creative writers.

Children at work in the classroom. Picture: John Hocknell

A growing number of teachers are buckling under the strain of education as workloads grow and pressure mounts on schools, unions say.

Two student entrepreneurs are aiming to make a direct different for children in Cameroon, after they identified a possible issue with charitable giving. The children with their bags. Photo: UEA

Two student entrepreneurs are aiming to make a direct different for children in Cameroon, after they identified a possible issue with charitable giving.

Sophie McKinna who taught children shotput as a in a brand new sports careers day and explore the diverse range of opportunities available in the sporting sector. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Students from nine Norfolk schools and colleges visited the University of East Anglian (UEA) to take part in a brand new sports careers day and explore the diverse range of opportunities available in the sporting sector.

Young members of violin group Holt Strings, who worked with City of London Sinfonia musicians Rebecca Scott-Smissen and Matt Maguire as part of the national music scheme Orchestras Live. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

A group of budding young violinists had a chance to hone their skills with musicians from one of the country’s top chamber orchestras, as part of an arts scheme hosted by North Norfolk District Council and a string of local organisations.

Prime Minister Theresa May delivers a speech at the British Academy in London, where she said that a new wave of grammar schools will end

The government is “yet to prove the case” for opening new grammar schools, MPs have said.

Pupils at Southtown Primary School celebrate the �1.99m extension
Picture: Morgan Sindall

There was a party atmosphere at a Great Yarmouth school as it celebrated a major extension project that has seen nearly £2m spent on improving the children’s learning experience.

A science festival at Ormiston Victory Academy to help year 11 students from Victory, Venture, Endeavour, Cliff Park and North Walsham High School with revision.

Revision is a fundamental part of achieving success at any level of education.

Birdie Brunch team members. Picture: Ludham Primary School & Nursery,

Business savvy pupils from a Norfolk primary school are one of only eight teams announced as finalists for a nationwide enterprise competition.

Roger Smith from packaging firm TCL talking to potential mentees at the NWHS mentoring event. Picture: Andy Newman

Around 30 professionals went back to school to take part in a ‘speed-mentoring’ event – the beginning of a two and a half year commitment which will see them mentoring Year 9 students until they finish high school.

Secretary of State for education, Justine Greening visits City College, Norwich.

PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Parts of the region could be some of the first to house one of the Prime Minister’s new grammar schools.

The Winterton Quintet visit No 10 while performing at No 11 Downing Street. Picture: David Madden

A sixth form quintet which has performed together for seven years has taken its music to Downing Street.

Queen Boudicca (Molly Housego of Black Knight Historical) at the Iceni round house at Pulham Primary School with some of her warriors. From left, back, ten-year-olds Dylan Richards, Nicolas Navarro, and Monty Gascoyne. Front, Isabel Navarro, eight; and Mason Gallivan, nine. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

It’s a unique school project - 2,000 years in the making.

The birdhouse arrives at Browick Road Primary School in Wymondham. Pupils, from left, Evie Westwood, eight, Jessica Bunn, eight, Lewis Mabey, seven, and Andres Rowberry, eight. Picture: INTU CHAPELFIELD

They’re welcome visitors into many back gardens.

Year 5 pupils from across the region take part in a Maths Challenge at Langley Prep school. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Young mathematicians from around Norfolk went head to head with their peers at a problem-solving challenge.

Toftwood Infant School pupil Arthur inside the mobile planetarium at Toftwood Junior School. Picture: Ian Burt

The exciting world of space exploration has been brought to life for pupils of a Norfolk infant school.

There ain't no party like a Wymondham College party. Picture: Archant

One of the region’s biggest schools has once again earned an ‘outstanding’ grade from inspectors.

Young aspiring footballers have become community lifesavers by learning vital skills to help others in an emergency.

Children from across schools in Norfolk celebrated their special graduation at Dragon Hall. Picture: ALAN LYALL (www.awlpix.com)

It may be an occasion usually associated with further or higher education but a group of hard-working school pupils from across the city have celebrated their graduation more than a decade early.

Fish and Chips ready to go. Picture: Matthew Usher

Britain has always been a country which takes great pride in its achievements, best highlighted to me this Christmas whilst watching Hugh Grant’s speech as Prime Minister in Love Actually.

Head Nigel Willingham celebrates with pupils after St Clement's High School was rated 'good' by Ofsted. Picture: Phil Bennell

A high school is celebrating after being rated ‘good’ by the education watchdog.

From left to right, Leila Hooton, Lucy Rodd, Sarah Walton, Hannah Bradfield, and Kara Kordtomeikel.  
Picture: David Madden

A group of sixth form students at the City of Norwich School (CNS) have attended a special event at 11 Downing Street, after receiving an invitation from the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond.

Browick Road Primary School, celebrated National Chef’s Adopt a School Week with a visit to the Richard Hughes Cookery School at the Assembly House in Norwich. Photo from Browick Road Primary School.

Pupils from a Wymondham school have once again joined a celebrity chef for more culinary adventures.

Students in a classroom. Getty Images/Purestock

Parents have backed the idea of teachers donning body cameras in the classroom - but they are unlikely to appear in the region anytime soon.

Twins Laurel and Scarlett with mum Dawn having fun at a maths-themed learning cafe held at Sheringham Primary School to raise cash for the NSPCC's annual Number Day. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Youngsters at Sheringham Primary School celebrated the joy of maths, and raised cash for a national children’s charity, at a learning cafe aimed at incorporating numeracy skills into everyday activities.

Avenue Junior School pupils with help from their pastoral support worker Chantelle Goslitski record a rap song.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Young rappers in Norwich are hoping to hit the airwaves and land a spot in the shops after releasing a song through a school project.

Students and staff at Great Ellingham Primary School, including headteacher Julie Dekker, right. Picture: Great Ellingham Primary School

A village primary school has been told that a “harmonious atmosphere prevails” in its corridors.

Year seven students at Neatherd High School, Dereham. Picture: Ian Burt

Thousands of schoolchildren in Norfolk and Suffolk are being taught in bumper classes of more than 30 pupils, figures show.

Busy Bees Nursery staff and children celebrating the Queen's 90th birthday. Isla and Wilf, both two-years-old.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

A survey has suggested that more than half of councils do not know whether they will have enough childcare available when plans to double the free hours available to pre-schoolders come into force.

Southtown Primary School Headteacher Elaine Glendinning next to the ongoing building work to the school.

Picture: James Bass

A primary school’s £1.99m transformation is being celebrated in the traditional way on Friday with a ribbon-cutting.

Dereham Neatherd High School drama show. Pictures: Michael Lyons

Dereham Neatherd High School performed their annual school production at the Memorial Hall.

Parents reading to their children at the Baby Bounce and Rhyme session at The Children's Library at The Forum. 
Photo by Simon Finlay.

A primary school teacher from Belton has penned a heart-warming letter to his pupils, praising their love of reading.

Mulbarton Infant and Junior Schools to merge. Headteacher Bev Theobold with some of the pupils.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Two neighbouring village schools could merge to become one all-through primary in autumn.

George LeBon at the Harry Potter event at Neatherd High School, Dereham. Picture: Ian Burt

There was a spellbinding night of magic and wizardry when Dereham’s Neatherd High School held a Harry Potter night.

Pakefield Primary School in Lowestoft has been awarded the British Council’s prestigious International School Award in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom. Photo: Pakefield Primary School

A Lowestoft primary school has been awarded a prestigious award in recognition of its work in international education.

Pupils from Wells Primary and Nursery School complete their Scholarship Programme of The Brilliant Club with a graduation ceremony at the University of East Anglia. Picture: Wells Primary

Pupils from Wells Primary and Nursery School have been named officially brilliant.

A generic photo of a youngster with a tablet computer lying on the floor. Picture: PA Photo/thinkstockphotos.

Children in Suffolk have “greater online access than ever before,” according to an annual survey.

Students at Ormiston Venture Academy in Gorleston try out the Google kits
Picture: Ormiston Venture Academy

Students at Ormiston Venture Academy in Gorleston have been taken on an epic journey across the world, as part of the Google Expeditions programme, which provides virtual reality experiences.

File photo of a child using a laptop. Picture: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

A new report has revealed that almost two thirds of children have shared a video or image with someone they only know online.

Pupils at Worstead Primary School learn how to skateboard. From left, Evan Pease, Caleb Jones, Dillon Quantrill-Cox, Lexi Fotis, Evie Nichols and Sofia Fotis. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Children at a north Norfolk primary school were given a lesson in skateboarding this week.

Jessica Reeve from Diss High School collecting litter around the Mere in Diss.
PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Unsightly litter was cleared off the streets and parks of Diss thanks to the efforts of high school pupils.

The Brook Street Band visit students at Hewett Academy. Carolyn Gibley and Tatty Theo. Picture: Inspiration Trust

Norwich students have been getting to grips with 18th century music after a visit from a classical duo.

Langley Preparatory School students celebrating a positive inspection. Picture: Langley Preparatory School

A newly-merged preparatory school has been told it is excellent across the board in its first inspection.

Cromer Academy has created 12 new Anti-Bullying Ambassador roles. Picture: Inspiration Trust

A new initiative is encouraging pupils at a secondary school in north Norfolk to stand up to bullying.

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Lauren Cope

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Lauren is based in Norwich and writes about key issues affecting education in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, including decisions made at both national and local government levels.

Lauren also covers news from the hundreds of schools in our region and keeps on top of local results.

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Percentage of students achieving five A*-C grades (including English and Maths) - Green pin = Up on last year; Yellow pin = Same as last year; Red pin = Down on last year; White pin = Awaiting results

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