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Youngsters enjoying the new area.

College students have created a colourful mural for a primary school’s outdoor library.

Loans could be offered to attract teachers to the region

Interest-free loans could be used to encourage more teachers to move to Norfolk, as a campaign to tackle the county’s recruitment crisis moves into its next stage.

Left to right: Nico Dobben (former headteacher), Elizabeth Truss MP, Christopher Tomlinson (deputy headteacher), Christine Oakes (chair of governors)

A free school in the constituency of a former education minister and free school champion is set to be put into special measures.

Norfolk has the joint-highest rate of primary school children being permanently excluded in England. Photo: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

A councillor has dismissed suggestions Norfolk children are the naughtiest in England after new data revealed it has the highest rate of primary school expulsions in the country.

Antingham and Southrepps Primary School.  PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

A former primary school governor has spoken of how he felt he was “used” during its conversion to an academy.

Children at work in the classroom.

A dozen parents have been fined for failing to send their children to schools in Waveney on a regular basis.

Gwendoline Ling has retired from Lingwood Kindergarten after 47 years.

When Gwendoline Ling decided to set up a small nursery in Corton’s Village Hall in 1968, it was because she had a “real passion for teaching”.

Dell Primary School, Lowestoft.

A primary school is said to be making “reasonable progress” to coming out of special measures.

Norfolk Teacher Training Centre’s newly qualified teachers outside City College Norwich’s St Andrew’s House

A new teacher training centre has been hailed a success after all its trainees secured jobs after completing their one-year course.

Norwich South MP Clive Lewis. Photo: Mark Tillie

An MP is writing to ministers questioning whether a controversial academy chain is fit to run a Norwich high school after it was alleged its chief executive said she was “sick” it had received a good Ofsted rating in 2013.

Joan Latta, who is running a disability awareness course in Fakenham. Picture: Ian Burt

A Norfolk woman is running a disability awareness course to help bridge some of the gaps between disabled and able people.

Nicola Steggles with some of the pupils at Rocklands Primary School where she works as a volunteer. Niamh Golding, 6, left, and Billy Elderfield, 6. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

What is it like to be a parent helper in the classroom? NICOLA STEGGLES writes about her experiences volunteering at her youngest son’s primary school.

Ruby Rose who is Autistic with her step-father Stuart Parker and mother Amanda Herdsman. The family have been fined for taking Ruby out of school to go on Holiday with the family . the holiday had ben paid for by a charity.

The parents of an eight-year-old girl with autism spectrum disorders have been fined for taking her on a charity-funded holiday.

Regional schools commissioner Tim Coulson in interview with education correspondant Martin George.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

He is fast becoming the most important player in education in our region. Martin George meets the civil servant with growing power over academies – and now non-academies, too

Public meeting about the Hewett School becoming an academy.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

The civil servant who holds the fate of the Hewett School in his hands has said he will make a decision about whether it becomes an academy within a week or two.

Tim Coulson, centre, with the Bishop of Norwich and pupils at the newly-formed Flitcham Academy. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The next year will see a big growth in the number of primary schools that become academies, the regional schools commissioner has said.

Headteacher Brendan McCarney is retiring after 15 years at Caister Infant school.

A head teacher who has spent his life in education is retiring to enjoy time with his family.

Archbishop Sancroft High School student,Holly Welfare, has her head shaved for charity by her mum, Louise Worthington. Holly with Halden Collier who also had his head shaved.

A teenager had her head shaved for charity in a selfless act in front of her whole school.

Photo: PA Wire

Well-off parents create a “glass floor” for their less academically inclined children ensuring they “hoard the best opportunities” over poorer peers, a study has suggested.

Waveney MP Peter Aldous has backed talks to improve sports facilities in Beccles.

Beccles Town Council has agreed to engage with the district and county council in a bid to improve sports facilities for the town.

Group Lotus CEO, Jean-Marc Gales, right, and Neale McArdle, training director at Poultec, as Lotus takes on 25 apprentices. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Car-maker Lotus has announced it is to take on a raft of new apprentices.

Sprowston High School. Picture: Denise Bradley

Parents at one of Norfolk’s biggest schools have raised concerns about the process for it to become an academy.

Wicklewood Primary School headteacher Sheila Greenacre. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

A top-rated primary school has sent back more than half of the English reading exam papers sat by pupils because it believes they have been incorrectly marked.

Head teacher Clare Fletcher and pupils of North Walsham Junior School celebrate their recent Ofsted report which has gone from requires improvement to good with outstanding behaviour. 

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

A school placed in special measures three years ago has been judged “Good” by Ofsted - with pupils’ behaviour and safety classed as “Outstanding.”

Radio 1 DJ Greg James receives a honorary degree from the UEA. Pictured with his parents Alan and Rosemary. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

When he finished his degree in drama at the University of East Anglia, BBC Radio 1 Drivetime host Greg James missed his own graduation ceremony because of the pressing demands of his early career there.

The final day of Mileham Primary School, which is closing - Teacher John Spooner and Teaching Assistant Julie Long with some of the school pupils. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Tears welled up as they lined up, one by one to ring the bell for the final time.

New head of Sewell Park College Penny Bignell. Pictured with John Catton, chairman of the school's Interim Executive Board. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

A city high school’s choice of a name when becomes an academy in September is a sign of how much it has improved its reputation over the past year, its interim chair of governors has said.

School Lane Pre-School graduation day. Grace Gooch, 4, Ruben Laws-Chapman, 4, and Maisie Saunders, 4.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

In their blue motarboards, gowns and beaming smiles a group of preschool pupils celebrated finishing their first year of education.

End of term presentations at Howard Junior School. Picture: Ian Burt

It was a day of celebrations tinged with sadness, as another year came to an end at Howard Junior School in King’s Lynn.

Dame Jenni Murray, left, at the UEA to receive her honorary degree. With her is the chancellor, Rose Tremain. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Broadcasters Dame Jenni Murray and Arthur Smith joined hundreds of students picking up degrees from the University of East Anglia.

Pakefield High School prom. Pictures: MICK HOWES

“I think it has really set the standard for our proms.”

The final 22 pupils in front of the school before it closed. Picture: Stephen Olley.

Tears welled up as they lined up, one by one to ring the bell for the final time.

Helen Watson is retiring from South Wootton Infant School after 18 years. Picture: Ian Burt

A teaching assistant is retiring after working for 18 years at South Wootton Infant School.

Lucy Silvester(centre), who has won a national 'Propose a Law' competition, will be leading her friends(l to r) Lucas Cater, Emily Culling Ford, Maggie Carey and Ruby Morgan to the Houses of Parliament to present her ideas to MP's.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

A 10-year-old aspiring law maker has “wowed” politicians on a visit to the corridors of power with her pitch to give parents a day off to spend time with their children.

Open Academy students spend the day with business mentors. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Business mentors offered their expertise to students at the Open Academy in Norwich during an event to encourage them to consider their future career paths.

Yolanda Botham, principal at Lowestoft Sixth Form College, one of the colleges looking at the new arangement.

Five coastal colleges facing a reduction in funding because of declining student numbers should consider joining forces to create a “single unit” to ensure they can survive long-term, a government review has said.

Sir Michael Wilshaw, head of Ofsted, has been a stern critic of education in Norfolk. Photo: Bill Smith

Two years ago, the reputation of education in our region was at its nadir. In an end-of-year report, education correspondent Martin George assesses whether two years of work to turn things around has made a difference.

County Hall.

A primary school threatened with closure in September has been give a reprieve because Norfolk County Council did not have time to consider a submission by its parents committee.

'The Big Reunion' for staff and pupils of every Hewett era, including some who attended the Lakenham Secondary Modern schools and the Hewett Grammar school that merged to form the Hewett comprehensive.Photo : Steve Adams

It was where they spent some of the happiest days of their lives.

Ben Rourke, a Year 10 pupil at Bungay High School, whose parents could face a £60 fine if he goes ahead with a trip to Barcelona.

A school in Bungay has defended its decision to threaten to fine the parents of a boy who has organised his own overseas trip to coincide with the school’s activity week.

Dominic Cragoe, who is retiring as head teacher of Sheringham Primary School after 15 years. Photo: Karen Bethell

One of Norfolk’s most respected headteachers has fired a parting shot at Ofsted and ‘interfering politicians’ in his last interview before he retires.

Ella Tidd in front of her flag, with (clockwise from bottom, left) brother Oscar, mum Claire, MP Henry Bellingham and sister Millie.

The Queen, Prime Minister David Cameron, Prince William and visiting heads of state have all seen a flag representing Norfolk flying over London.

Hewett School sign and entrance on Hall Road. Picture: Denise Bradley

A controversial academy chain has rejected calls to withdraw from plans to take over a struggling high school, after a consultation showed strong public opposition.

Headteacher at Roydon School, Sarah Bradford, celebrates with pupils, after their Ofsted success.

Staff and pupils at Roydon Primary School are celebrating after Ofsted rated the school ‘good’.

Corrienne Peasgood, principal of City College, Norwich.  Photo: Bill Smith

City College Norwich has been told that the academic standards of its higher education programme meet UK expectations.

Public meeting about the Hewett School becoming an academy. Left to right, Ian Burchett from Inspiration Trust and Tom Leverage, the incoming head of Hewett School and Paul Mitchell, chairman of Hewett School Interim Executive Board.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

The Inspiration Trust said it will not pull out of plans to sponsor the Hewett School, despite an official consultation finding “a great majority” of participants were against academy conversion and hostile to its proposed role.

Rosemary Williams with her son, Owen, who died last year as a result of epilepsy.

A Suffolk woman whose son died suddenly from epilepsy has welcomed the launch of a new app for people with the condition.

Public meeting about the Hewett School becoming an academy.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

About 80pc of people who took part in the official consultation on the future of the Hewett School expressed opposition to it becoming an academy, according to a consultant’s analysis of the results.

Gayton Primary School has a fantastic wooden dragon sculpture. Pictured with the dragon are year six pupils (from left) Chloe Papworth, Gabby Eggleton, Poppy Beales, Millie Bowling, Jack Bowling, Joshua Fysh and Thomas Antliff. Picture: Ian Burt

The remains of felled trees in the grounds of Gayton Church of England School, near King’s Lynn, have been transformed into stunning set of unusual sculptures.

North Walsham High School sponsored walkers Ellena King, Ben Schamp, Maruisz Lizynski, Jessica Bailey

More than 400 North Walsham High School students put their best feet forward for charity when they took part in a mass sponsored walk.

Head teacher Marika Mears is retiring from St Martin's Primary School, Shouldham. Also pictured are Magnus Thomas (9) and Bronagh McAnulty. Picture: Ian Burt

The Bishop of Ely was among the special guests who paid tribute to Marika Mears, who is retiring after 15 years at the primary school in Shouldham, near King’s Lynn.

Spooner Row celebrated their 140th Birthday. The children dressed as victorians for the day and played old fashioned games. l-r Albert, Rafa, Bea, Theo and Yasmin.

A Wymondham primary school has celebrated its 140th Anniversary with a host of activities.

The international space station where children will be able to contact British astronaut Tim Peake. Picture: AP Photo/NASA, Paolo Nespoli

Teachers usually object to pupils staring into space during classes.

Stephen Brown who will be joining his childhood school - Sprowston Junior School in September as a teacher. Photo : Steve Adams

When he first set foot in the school he was a pupil – excited to be starting at junior school.

Jon Egging Trust CEO Dr Emma Egging with Downham Market Academy students Zack Skeels (13) and Beth Drewery (14). Picture: Ian Burt

The faces of these Downham Market Academy students were beaming with pride as they confidently shared their experiences of an opportunity very few others have the chance to participate in.

Wicklewood School celebrate their end of year with a sports day, Race For Life run and opening their new trim trail which was built with help from the Lottery Fund.

Pupils at Wicklewood Primary School, near Wymondham, took more than their fair share of exercise today when their annual sports day was followed by a sponsored Race For Life and then a new trim trail was officially opened.

Future Voices: Norwich City Football Club. Photo: Beth Ashby

After a brief one-year sabbatical away from England’s highest tier, Norwich City FC are back in the big time, gearing up for their return to the Premier League, but what can we expect for this season?

Arriving in style for the Benjamin Britten High School prom 2015 at the Zest Rooms, Potters Resort in Hopton. Pictures: SUPPLIED.

Despite being unheard of in Britain 10 years ago the prom is now the highlight of the year for school-leavers, but has it gone too far?

Future Voices: Would changing the hours of the school day improve grades?

Teenagers have long been associated with sleeping in, sleeping longer and being lazier than everyone else.

Executive Principal Thetford Academy, Adrian ball (left), handing the attendance trophy to Brayden Weibel-Seckley

For many students, dragging themselves out of bed and into the classroom can be the toughest challenge of the day.

New education centre in Parliament. Picture: UK Parliament/Roger Harris

A Norwich-based architects firm has designed a new education centre for Parliament, to be opened today.

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