A village school has received a letter of congratulations from schools minister Nick Gibb after being named one of the country’s best.

A major £4.1m school expansion is being marked by a tree with a difference in a bid to attract more youngsters into construction.

Young footballers from Dereham have returned home from a tour in the USA as champions.

Tributes have been paid to popular teacher and musician Elizabeth McBeath, of Wymondham, who has died aged 89.

Schoolchildren have expressed their safety concerns after statistics were released about speeding in their village.

An articulated lorry from haulage firm Jack Richards & Son helped youngsters from Toftwood learn the important message of staying safe near large vehicles.

School pupils are celebrating being crowned champions in a national literacy competition.

Parents of pupils at Sheringham Primary School were asked to keep their children at home today, after a major leak forced the school to shut off the power and water supply.

Changes to the way activities for disabled children in Norfolk are funded will give parents more choice, council chiefs insist.

Students from Lowestoft College have been given a taste of what it’s like to work in the engineering sector thanks to one of the town’s major employers.

Pupils at a Lowestoft school have enjoyed a day of interactive learning, full of virtual reality fun.

A religious studies teacher has said she finds it strange her pupils are using a revision guide she has written.

Children at Roman Hill Primary School were hopping with joy at the latest arrivals to their wildlife garden.

Pupils of a seaside school have been given a lesson in road safety with added hocus pocus.

It was all looking very James Bond-esque at Archbishop Sancroft High School in Harleston when pupils got a behind the scenes look at the science, technology, maths and engineering used by the armed forces.

With extra scrutiny placed on services for children in Norfolk, through this newspaper’s Fighting For Their Futures campaign, we asked all 17 councillors on the County Council’s children’s services committee questions about the department and its future.

Mother’s day is being celebrated in style at a nursery in Cromer.

Teachers and pupils alike had a great time celebrating Red Nose Day at Old Buckenham High School.

Norfolk County Council’s top officer has taken a leading role in trying to improve children’s services in the region.

Pupils at a rural primary school have enjoyed a real spring term ‘tweet’ with the arrival of some fluffy friends.

The tragic consequences of road collisions were brought into sharp focus for a group of Wymondham students.

A petition to authorise open book English Literature exams for 2017 has gained more than 100,000 signatures and will be considered by Parliament. But, are open book exams really the best way forward?

A school is celebrating double success following inspection success and a rare recognition.

Events are taking place across Lowestoft and Waveney today to raise funds for Comic Relief.

Students from Dereham Sixth Form College have been the first to give feedback in the latest round of consultations for the Norfolk Vanguard wind farm.

A concert celebrating the work of the pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff is set to take place at Holkham Hall to help raise money for Alderman Peel High School at Wells.

A library mentoring project teaching more than 750 Norfolk residents to read can go ahead after receiving a funding boost of almost £100,000.

A DNA project about polecats by a student at a Gorleston college has scooped a top award at the Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Competition 2017.

A Watton school principal has said an overall Ofsted grade of “requires improvement” highlights the progress that has been made since it became an academy.

A village infant school has held on to its “good” judgement following one of Ofsted’s short inspections reserved for the best performing providers.

An “exceptionally dedicated” headteacher is retiring after 38 successful years in the teaching profession.

Young people learned about DNA at a free workshop designed to bring the wonders of science to children in a rural area.

Two English teachers from Norfolk have decided to address the problem of language gaps between pupils from differing economic backgrounds by developing a ground breaking classroom resource.

Teachers have voted to merge two unions to form a new super union for education workers.

Alarming figures have revealed that about a quarter of Norfolk four to five-year-olds are overweight or obese - and the figure rises to 32.1pc for 10 to 11-year-olds.

Parents of thousands of Norfolk pupils have been warned a looming budget crisis means school spending could soon be driven by what headteachers can afford, rather than what is best for youngsters.

These maps show how in some parts of Norfolk the most and least deprived neighbourhoods are separated by a single road.

Heads of hundreds of the county’s primary and secondary schools have warned of an “imminent” crisis, in hard-hitting letters sent to parents and carers. Here is the letter in full:

’Decisions on school spending will no longer be driven by what is best for our children but rather what we can afford’.

Solar panels, a wind turbine and its own food produce company. These are just three of the things that have made a Martham school worthy winners in this year’s Eco Awards.

A learning centre for children who have been through bullying, assault or trauma has been recognised with an award from the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ).

Schools from across north Suffolk battled it out at an annual netball tournament.

Two pupils from a high school are now championing literacy after joining an international charity’s Young Ambassador’s Programme.

An Attleborough Academy Year 7 English class spent a day learning what it is like to produce news reports to tight deadlines by taking part in BBC School News Report activity day.

The internet is a vast scape of links and web pages that has constantly developed and evolved since its launch in 1991 – but are we too reliant on it? Are our children being raised by the internet?

The “quick and decisive” work to raise standards at a Norfolk primary school has been hailed by Ofsted.

The director of a documentary featuring artworks depicting child victims of the Holocaust was the special guest at Wymondham College’s annual Lincoln Lecture.

A missing teenager from Suffolk was found tonight, after she was last seen at Cambridge railway station on Sunday.

Pupils at a Norwich primary school have enjoyed a field trip to some of the world’s most amazing places – without leaving the classroom.

Police are appealing for information after a cat was shot twice with an airgun in Woodview, Worstead.

Norfolk County Council has been fined £60,000 for leaving files that included sensitive information about children in a cabinet sent to a second hand shop.

Dozens of young journalists descended on a Sprowston school following a breaking news report of an alien invasion.

Over the past month and a half, there has been one man at the forefront of all the major news outlets across the globe: Donald Trump.

Children are thriving at a Norfolk village school according to Ofsted inspectors.

Norwich school still closed following sickness epidemic

Social workers are still struggling with heavy caseloads, morale is “chronic” and some staff are wondering whether a takeover of Norfolk County Council’s children’s services department would be preferable.

A trio of budding chefs battled against top talent from across the country in a live cook-off.

Children are being given lessons on how to be happy to help them cope with stress at school.

Being a parent of a child or young person with a special educational need or disability can be a stressful and isolating experience.

“We know children’s services is not perfect, but so many people are working so hard to make things better”.

Reading energy meters, using a washing machine and learning about interest rates are just some of the things young people need help with when coming out of care.

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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