Two days left to take our online survey about education in Norfolk

The EDP is asking readers to complete its survey about the state of education in Norfolk. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire The EDP is asking readers to complete its survey about the state of education in Norfolk. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
10:39 AM

The EDP survey asking for readers’ views on education in Norfolk will close at midnight on Thursday.

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The online survey comes ahead of a series of articles which will look at a subject which is vital to the future of the county.

The government, Ofsted and county council have raised concerns about overall standards in the county, but there are also many stories of success from individual schools and pupils.

Take the EDP education survey here

We want to hear from parents, pupils, teachers and other readers about how they rate their own school, and primary and secondary education in Norfolk as a whole.

We also want to hear their views on the reliability of Ofsted reports on schools, and what they think about the ability of the county council and the academy school movement to improve education in the county.

The online survey also asks EDP readers to tell us what they think the biggest problem facing education in Norfolk is, and what the best thing about education in the county is.

The results will be used as part of a week-long series articles examining the state of education in Norfolk, which will be published shortly.

Take the survey here.

14 comments

  • ......"please state your source".....me....I haven't been peer reviewed yet, so I would ignore anything I say if I were you and stick with reading educational research papers. Hope the above helps you in your search for the truth.

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    Rhombus

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • I am aware that there is an Ofsted report (Sept 2010) in which it is claimed that there is an over-identification of children with special educational needs based on 'low attainment' and 'relatively slow progress' and that these children's needs could be met with better teaching and support. However, this report recognises that there are children with 'special educational needs' and these needs can only be met with specialist intervention. I come back to my question what are you relying on when you say that 'dividing kids into a special category ...has been seen to be a big mistake' - please state your source.

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    Joyce

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Frodo - It is not me that has come to the conclusion that my grandchild has SEN ' that conclusion was reached at the end of a statementing processing and as a result a teaching assistant is available on a 1:1 basis for the majority of the school day, with other staff available to supervise breaks. The school is using an 'Individual Education Plan' with the aim of helping to overcome communication, sensory, social, learning difficulties in the context of a child that is a 'visual learner'. Help for the school is available from the county education dept in terms of speech therapists and also from the autistic support team who are brilliant, be that as it may, the delivery of the IEP will fall on the shoulders of a TA who may not have the specialist training and however willing the TA ,without a rigorous specialist training programme and on-going development, it appears to me that they are limited in the help they can give. I note that you have yet to let me know the basis for your assertion that 'dividing kids...has been seen to be a big mistake.

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    Joyce

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • My previous reply to Frodo's latest posting appears to be lost in the ether and so I shall try again but limit myself to asking, yet again, what is the basis for your claim that 'dividing kids...has been seen to be a big mistake.

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    Joyce

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Frodo - I am looking at the issue of SEN from a personal perspective rather than that of a teacher or some other expert. My experience of SEN relates solely to being the grandmother of a child who has been diagnosed as being on the Autistic Spectrum and my own observations are that my (five year old) grandchild has severe problems in communication, socialising, sensory issues etc. When you say to me that 'dividing kids...has been seen to be a big mistake' and that I should "catch up with the wind of change" unfortunately, this means absolutely nothing to me, can you be more specific.

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    Joyce

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Joyce you sound very overbearing with your innapropriate yet agains, so I will refrain myself to this.

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    Rhombus

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • O.K point taken. Would you please let me know the basis of your claim that 'dividing kids into...special [categories]...has been seen to be a big mistake'.

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    Joyce

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • ....." Would you please let me know the basis of your claim that 'dividing kids into...special [categories]...has been seen to be a big mistake'." because teachers are now no longer assessed by Ofsted on their ability to adjust their lesson delivery to account for individual needs. In effect is will be whole class teaching rather than multi-layered (jumbled) teaching. I agree with this, as I think too much time has been spent in deviding kids into 'artificial' groups of special needs, when in reality kids are much more alike than these arbitrary groupings allow for i.e. their similarities are far greater than their differences. So in a nutshell Joyce, I do not think creating labels for kids is going to be regarded as a priority or even required in state schools from now on, and the 'creating a label' industry (psychology) roll in education will shrink away.

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    Rhombus

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • ...."severe learning disabilities"....slip of the tongue. Of course I meant special educational needs.

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    Rhombus

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • ...."educating children with SEN".....I think deviding kids into a special category for this and a special category has been seen to be a big mistake. Even Ofsted now realise that child centred teaching (with all those associated dosiers on each child's special needs) is a thing of the past . Come on Joyce, catch up with the wind of change.

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    Rhombus

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Having looked at the EDP survey I find that there was no mention of 'Special Educational Needs' and with the push towards educating children with SEN in main-stream schools, without putting in place teaching assistants with specialist training, a two-tier system is developing to the detriment of vulnerable children.

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    Joyce

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Feedback on the survey - include a "Thanks for your submission" response. When you click to submit, the page refreshes but there's nothing to tell you if it was accepted or not.

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    So_Many_Haters!

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • or, maybe it's '...for your claim...'

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    Joyce

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Schools have up to now been expected to offer individual learning plans for all children, especially what you class as SEN. Teachers no longer need to account for these individual needs in a lesson, they are now allowed to do whole classroom lessons, and Ofsted will not mark down a teacher who doesn't attend to individual needs I am not sure how a child with severe learning disabilities will fit in a whole class teaching style, perhaps you will need to find out what the school can offer outside of normal classroom lessons?

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    Rhombus

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

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