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Educating Norfolk: Podcast - academy chain boss and secondary school leader discuss where we are and where we are going

PUBLISHED: 14:08 27 February 2014 | UPDATED: 08:48 28 February 2014

Three heads are better than one..........Hewett School 
 Rob Anthony 
picture by Adrian Judd
for EDP

Three heads are better than one..........Hewett School Rob Anthony picture by Adrian Judd for EDP

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After a year which saw repeated blows to the reputation of education in Norfolk, the leader of a local academy chain and a secondary school leader have recorded a podcast discussing how we got here and what comes next.

Dick Palmer, Group CEO Transforming Education in Norfolk. Picture: Denise BradleyDick Palmer, Group CEO Transforming Education in Norfolk. Picture: Denise Bradley

Academies, aspiration and accountability were on the agenda when Dick Palmer, chief executive officer of the Transforming Education in Norfolk (TEN) Group, and Rob Anthony, associate headteacher of the Hewett School in Norwich, sat down with education correspondent Martin George and digital editor David Powles at Archant’s head office.

For Mr Palmer, a former principal of City College, the past year had delivered a shock to the county’s education system, but he was optimistic that work now under way would improve results.

For Mr Anthony, who is also chairman of a co-operative trust of schools in Norwich, a constant stream of national stories attacking schools had led to exaggerated pessimism about the true situation in the county.

The pair disagreed about the role of academies in improving education, but both spoke about the importance of schools working in collaboration – a key part of Norfolk County Council’s strategy to drive up standards.

What do you think of Mr Palmer and Mr Anthony’s views? Leave a comment below.

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