After Ofsted inspectors criticised failures at East Anglia’s main land-based college last summer, its acting principal says her turnaround plan is showing positive signs for the future. Agricultural editor CHRIS HILL reports.

One of the first intake of students at Norfolk’s agricultural college in 1951 is hoping to bring his former classmates together for a reunion so they can swap stories about their teenage school days.

New housing could put significant pressure on schools in a town in which educational standards are already “well below average” and “of significant concern”.

Children in Suffolk who grow up in areas that have the greatest literacy challenges are also likely to live much shorter lives than their peers, the first study of its kind has shown.

Home educators in Norfolk say a bill proposing yearly checks and greater scrutiny would infringe on family life - and risk further regulation down the line.

With Lord Soley’s Home Education Bill in the Lords it seems there’s been lots of media attention of late on the issue of elective home education, including a certain ill-informed opinion piece earlier this month.

An infant school in north Norfolk is to begin the next academic year as a primary in a bid to offer parents greater choice.

Residential provision at a Norfolk special school - where children enjoy staying “immensely” - has been praised by a watchdog.

Young historians staged a play at a museum to highlight the incredible sacrifices made by two suffragettes who have been largely forgotten by history.

A Norwich university event has given young people in the local area a taste of life in medicine.

A teacher’s hard work in championing equality has been recognised by a national award from the LGBT+ charity.

Hundreds of pupils from 27 primary schools came together to perform Bengali music with a Norfolk twist.

Children at a north Norfolk school have been left starstruck after two stars of the West End visited their rehearsal to help them jazz up an upcoming performance.

A group of hungry children enjoyed some flippin’ good fun when they got the chance to celebrate pancake day inside a converted horse box.

Suffolk schools could be hit with an £11.5m funding decrease over the next two years, according to latest estimates from education unions.

Education chiefs came together in Norwich to discuss hiring - and keeping - teachers.

A rural pre-school which garnered national attention when it was branded “inadequate” by an education watchdog has turned its fortunes around.

Primary school children could be quizzed on their times tables this spring during trials of a new government test.

A south Norfolk pre-school has warned it may face closure if a new committee can’t be found at a crunch meeting this month.

The Iceni Academy in Methwold has been recognised for its work to bring the world into the classroom.

The cocreator of a popular outdoor nursery, a visually impaired judo champion and a human guinea pig will be among the speakers at a Norwich education summit.

A group of tree-loving youngsters have completed their most ambitious project to date at a picturesque woodland site.

The final of the Great Yarmouth Schools’ Debate Competition will pit an academy from the town against one from Caister.

Pupils at Great Yarmouth Primary Academy have got their dancing shoes on to raise money for charity.

Many boys will dream of going into space as an astronaut to travel the cosmos and battle aliens.

Representatives from more than 20 Norfolk businesses and organisations were on hand to chat to students, at a careers fair held at Sheringham High School.

A Norwich maths teacher and his student have raised more than £1,000 to fight cancer.

You might have thought – hoped, even – that you had left your school days behind you for good.

A classic thriller came to Dereham this month courtesy of some of the town’s most talented pupils.

A children’s charity has urged parents in Norfolk to talk to their children about online safety, as a national awareness raising week comes to a close.

A football team from Long Stratton High School have beaten six other teams to win the Canary Champions Cup.

Youngsters at Sheringham’s Ladybird Pre-school Nursery put their frying pans skills to the test, during a pancake-themed morning of activities organised as part of the Cromer Road group’s traditional Shrove Tuesday celebrations.

A Norwich junior school is celebrating a remarkable turnaround, having climbed out of special measures and secured a glowing watchdog report.

An independent school has said it will cut its sixth form fees by a third, as part of a shake-up to its provision.

A Norfolk teacher and illustrator’s debut children’s book is in the running for a prestigious literary prize.

More than 200 people came together to sign and sing a special song as part of a national fundraising event.

A support hub set up for - and by - students with autism at a Norwich college is marking its 10th birthday.

Youngsters at Sheringham Primary School had a chance to learn about the customs and cultures of far-flung countries ranging from India to Australia, during a fun-packed programme of activities organised as part of an annual multi-cultural week.

A school became as yellow and green as Carrow Road on a Saturday afternoon as pupils proved they were thoroughly on the ball with a fundraising campaign.

A village primary school continues to provide pupils with a good education, says the schools watchdog.

Maths-loving high school pupils put their skills to good use by raising nearly £100 for charities which help children who need it most.

A majestic country house continued the long held tradition of inviting primary school pupils for the afternoon to collect a coin and a sweet treat.

The internet was used to commit 100 child sex offences in Norfolk alone last year, figures show.

A dinner lady who has dedicated almost 40 years of her life to youngsters at a Norwich infant school is enjoying a well-earned rest in retirement.

Innovative projects headed up by doctors, professors and students at a Norwich university have been recognised.

The world’s favourite nanny will be dropping in at Sheringham High School on March 15, when a cast of more than 100 students aged from 12 to 17 take the stage for a production of the spectacular musical Mary Poppins Junior.

Students at Northgate High School in Dereham enjoyed a Harry Potter night.

Children in a Norfolk village are set for summer, thanks to new playground equipment installed on their playing field.

His iconic shark in formaldehyde and many other famous works have been shown in world-class venues around the globe, and now Norwich could be the next place to host a Damien Hirst sculpture.

A Norfolk academy trust has been highlighted as a leader of using technology in the classroom by a global firm.

Ormiston Venture Academy in Gorleston has been awarded a £40,000 grant from the Wolfson Foundation to develop state-of-the-art computer science laboratories.

A high school on the east coast has been rated as good in its first Osfted inspection in its new form.

Primary school pupils can now bring their stories to life in a special outdoor area thanks to the efforts of a friends group.

A programme of support for gifted and talented students at East Norfolk Sixth Form College is reaping the rewards with seven students already being offered places at Cambridge and Oxford Universities.

Twenty-one sets of home-educating parents across Norfolk and Suffolk have been ordered to send their children back to school because they were not learning enough, figures reveal.

An open day has been held at a Norwich primary school to unveil a £360,000 revamp.

Students have been learning about a Norwich suffragette, and former pupil, who became one of the country’s first female MPs.

Former pupils at Suffolk schools and sixth form colleges are joining a scheme to inspire pupils into higher education.

The Train to Teach event will be held at The Assembly House, on Theatre Street in the city centre, on Thursday, February 8.

An academy which was put into special measures last year has been told it is taking steps towards shaking off the judgment.

Former East Coast College student, Joshua Bryenton, has progressed through the SkillBuild UK’s national final and has now competed in the eliminations round for his chance to represent the UK at the world finals in Russia.

Annabelle Dickson

Lauren Cope

Education correspondent



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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