Ofsted chief will ‘name and shame’ Norfolk and Suffolk in report slamming ‘unacceptable waste of human potential’

Ofsted chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw. Ofsted chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw.

Sunday, December 8, 2013
12:46 PM

The East of England will be named and shamed in an education watchdog report which will claim a “patchwork of provision” is leaving England lagging behind many other parts of the world.

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In his annual report out on Wednesday chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw will say primary schools in East Anglia perform worse than any other part of the country, despite being traditionally seen as affluent.

He will contrast it with London, one described as an “educational basket case” in the 1970s and 80s. Yet today seven of nine local authorities where every secondary school is good or outstanding is in the capital.

It comes after a series of damning reports by Ofsted earlier this year in which Norfolk County Council’s children’s services department was labelled “ineffective” in supporting the county’s schools.

Inspectors visited County Hall in July in the first two inspections of their kind in the country, to analyse how the council challenges and supports schools to improve.

In September inspectors also visited Suffolk schools, writing to Suffolk education chiefs to raise concerns.

The report will suggest better incentives for top head teachers to work in “less fashionable” parts of the country with the greatest need for improvements.

It will also claim that white working-class children are being “written off” by a culture of low expectations in state schools, according to The Sun on Sunday.

And Sir Michael, a former headteacher, is also expected to warn that the failure to raise standards s represents an “unacceptable waste of human potential”.

The report is expected to highlight improvements among deprived children from every ethnic group over the last six years but say progress has been too slow in schools dominated by working-class white children.

16 comments

  • Too many schools in East Anglia (and other parts of the UK) are struggling to cope with kids who do not have English as their first language - so resources, especially teacher time, are stretched to deal with the increasing problem.

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    Tractorboy

    Sunday, December 8, 2013

  • Except Popeye we all have to live with the present rather than blaming the past for our current failings. Your original post to Daisy was about funding where you stated that more funding wouldn't do the trick....well London Challenge proves conclusively that it does and rather than Norfolk folk just rolling over and accepting this ludicrous attack on the county's schools by the distinctly dodgy quango Ofsted they ought to be clamouring for London Challenge type support and funding. Once this has been accomplished if results remain low......agreed sack the lot if still failing.

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    Sportswagon

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • Surely if schools are not up to standard then a large part of blame is down to OFSTED, another Government quango staffed by overpaid civil servants who never get held to account for their failings. Seems to me the problems are Mr Wilshaw and Mr Gove

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Sunday, December 8, 2013

  • As teachers typically teach for 22.5 hours per week, I can't think why they would need to take mountains of work home with them, unless of course they were no good at their job.....a job that pays £1000 per in school week, or £44.44 per hour spent teaching.

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    Fly Tipper

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • I wonder what he said about small schools where teachers can be teaching three different ages of children in one class? Good or bad or just normal for the rural hinterland, and doing exceptionally well? Would Londoners put up with this,due to lack of funding?

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    bedoomed

    Sunday, December 8, 2013

  • ....."and their teachers approx £6-8.5k more pa than Norfolk teachers"......Are you saying the £1000 per worked week that primary school teachers in Norfolk are payed isn't enough!

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    Fly Tipper

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • Well Morris you have got me there, but as a Norfolk Schools educated idiot, I can only blame the schools. I think you make some serious points though, and I expect teachers do work much harder than I have alluded to, but I still think 30k rather than 40k is about right for the job they do.

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    Fly Tipper

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • I think the teachers at my school and where my children go would say....I wish it was 22.5hrs. You demonstrate such little knowledge about teaching and schs Popeye every time u open your mouth, but then the uniformed constantly talk as if they know it all. Fact, primary teacher works from at least 8.00-5.00 plus marking and prep so at least 9hr day thus 45hr week but most do far more. Can't understand Popeye where your obvious distrust of and campaign against schs originates but it shows how sad u r and probably shows what idiots our great teachers are up against.

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    Sportswagon

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • The man is a moron- Norfolk and Suffolk maybe thought of as affluent by people who have holiday homes but wages have been low relative to other areas for a long time.I realise I say this every time, but will Norfolk and Suffolk stand up to this man and ask him to show the evidence of the spending the two counties have been able to allocate per child pa for the last four decades and compare it with spending per head in London and other areas which get a much better deal from government distribution of funding to local authorities. It is no good banging on about how bad we are if we have not had the money to equip schools and to fund highly qualified and experienced staff. The time to criticise is when we have been on a level playing field for a time. However, I do know, from experience, ( and I do not mean to disparage every teacher) that Norfolk and Suffolk have been seen as soft career options and our children may have suffered from the prejudices that teachers , especially those not from the region, bring with them. If the LEA and NCC has not picked up on heads who think we and our kids are thick then they deserve a kicking. And of course this is all a part of the drive to academies. Yes our schools could be better we know that but do we want the fake success of many academies?

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    Daisy Roots

    Sunday, December 8, 2013

  • Popeye, with the greatest respect u r talking absolute rubbish. London schs are paid at least £2000 more per pupil and their teachers approx £6-8.5k more pa than Norfolk teachers as Wilshaw well knows. London schs were dreadful until they poured money into them which has brought about their revival, again as Wilshaw knows having been a recipient. His hypocrisy is staggering since this is all about academisation. Affluent.....my ***** few Norfolk schs are filled with affluent offspring. Come on Norfolk people unite and stop our wonderful county being attacked like this and seek the funding for London style resurgence.

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    Sportswagon

    Sunday, December 8, 2013

  • Don't you just love OFSTED's comparison to Londonite's to our provincial county, with the imbalance of finances! The Government seem to live in this Westminster pond and assume it's the same all over the country.

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    Marigold

    Sunday, December 8, 2013

  • Daisy, you clearly think more funding for schools will increase results. I don't agree. Money to schools are not ring fenced, and I expect most increased funding would go straight into the bank balances of the teachers in the school....via pay awards nodded through by the governors. I think the problem in Norfolk is that too many primary schools are paying teachers in the region of 40k when in reality it is a 30k job tops (Norfolk is very generous in its funding for small primary schools for some reason). If Daisy can produce evidence that a 40k primary school teacher is better than a 30k one, then go ahead with the funding increase.

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    Fly Tipper

    Sunday, December 8, 2013

  • Poor old Mick Castle - everything he touches turns to.......

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    Fenscape

    Sunday, December 8, 2013

  • How many incompetent, useless teachers and head teachers will be sacked for this ?

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    "V"

    Sunday, December 8, 2013

  • Well said Daisy!

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    Betty Swallocks

    Sunday, December 8, 2013

  • Popeye, you demonstrate yet again your ignorance since teachers are paid over 52 wks pa in 12 installments at nowhere the figure you quote. You erroneously judge your £1000 pw on 40 wks contact when most teachers get £30-35k and work much more than 40 wks. Most people on annual salaries with the average 28 days paid holiday pa receive 52 or 12 equal pay receipts! Play fair and be honest.

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    Sportswagon

    Monday, December 9, 2013

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