Just over 4,000 parents in Norfolk were fined for taking their child out of school for a family holiday in the last academic year.

A talented teenager who suffered as a victim of bullying has harnessed the experience to create his debut feature-length film.

Academies are more transparent than the local authority-maintained schools system, according to a government minister and former chairman of a Norfolk academy trust.

After months under wraps, the exterior of a new science and engineering building at the University of East Anglia (UEA) has been unveiled.

A schools community in north Norfolk is devising a plan of action to help disadvantaged children following revelations of the extent of pupil poverty in the county.

Pupils from Barnham Primary School had an explosive time during National Science Week.

Pupils at a Norwich high school are taking the maintenance of their community into their own hands with a new litter picking project.

An academy trust is implementing a new leadership model at two of its secondary schools to reduce “unrealistic” demands on its headteachers.

A Wisbech headmaster’s Far East trip last year has resulted in the first group of Chinese students coming here to study this September.

A primary school has been celebrating British Science Week by welcoming a host of visitors to talk about their careers to pupils.

A mid-Norfolk community braved the elements last weekend, to transform their local primary school with a spring clean.

Six Norfolk schools will look after lambs and ewes next week as part of a pilot educational project to help urban youngsters learn about farming.

A new pilot is helping schoolchildren in Norfolk to look after their physical and mental health – through yoga.

It has been another busy week in Norfolk’s schools and we’ve had some brilliant photos sent in for our School Report.

Youngsters across the region have been getting busy painting nesting boxes to help welcome birds to their school grounds.

An historic Norwich school has revealed proposals to upgrade its city centre site to address an “urgent need” for improvements.

The University of East Anglia’s student newspaper was recognised as one of the best in the country after shortlists for the Student Publication Association awards were announced on Sunday.

One of Norfolk’s few remaining council-maintained high schools has unveiled plans to become an academy.

Staff and pupils at a small village school are celebrating after achieving the top judgement from Ofsted.

A UFO crash-landed during an educational ‘Alien Day’ at a Norfolk school.

With statistics showing Great Yarmouth has one of the smallest proportions of over 16-year-olds who have a degree level or apprenticeship qualifications, deprivation is one of the key issues the town is faced with.

Later today a group of Norfolk school girls will have the chance of a lifetime to provide the guard of honour at the final game of the Six Nations Championship.

A group of students are using their new found skills in organising and promoting live music to encourage people to attend an evening of live jazz.

Schools in Norfolk are washing pupils’ uniforms and giving them hair cuts to ease pressures on parents left struggling after welfare cuts.

A Norfolk primary school plunged into special measures by Ofsted could be closed if rapid improvements are not made.

A Lowestoft school is leading the way in sensory circuits – an initiative to get students ready for learning from the minute they get in the classroom.

Teachers and students from the East of England are pleading with the government not to let education institutions become “the forgotten victims of Brexit”.

A Norfolk academy trust has ranked among the country’s best for sixth form performance.

Families in north Norfolk have been left in the lurch after a popular pre-school closed without warning.

Children at a north Norfolk school have been learning how to keep themselves safe from abuse and to get help if they have any worries.

They may seem a little young to be in a courtroom – but these children could show they are the barristers and judges of the future when they take part in a mock trial.

Children and staff at Anthony Curton Primary School and Tilney All Saints Primary School celebrated World Book Day in style.

The leader of a Norwich nursery has revealed she is having to decide between resources and is forced to fundraise to make sure children receive a good education.

Do you consider yourself a dab hand with arts and crafts? Then a Norwich bar might have a challenge for you.

Young people in Norfolk are set to strike for the second time over the government’s climate change policies.

A teacher will face a misconduct hearing after being accused of physically abusing pupils.

A Norfolk school will not be selling red noses to its pupils in aid of Comic Relief in a stand against single-use plastics.

In a former school, buried deep in the heart of the Norfolk countryside, lies part of the county’s living history.

As the size of Norfolk grows, so too must the number of school places for its children. Bethany Whymark reports on a council vision for the future of schools.

A teenage student from north Norfolk is encouraging people to help out in their local communities by volunteering.

Interactive workshops have helped to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.

Schools across the county celebrated their love for reading on World Book Day. Our e-mail inboxes have been inundated with fantastic photos for this week’s School Report.

The Department for Education (DfE) says it has no plans to change the UK’s curriculum following calls for Makaton sign language to be added.

A “significant decrease” in the number of children being excluded from Great Yarmouth schools led to a drop in overall expulsion figures last term.

A primary school which was previously placed in special measures has been praised for its progress by Ofsted inspectors.

The chief executive officer (CEO) at a multi-academy trust is retiring at the end of August.

Student Nick Sadler revealed suicidal thoughts the day before he went missing last month. His university’s mental health support is now coming under the spotlight after three recent deaths.

Parents should be banned from idling their engines at the school gates to reduce air pollution, a new report says.

A question mark hangs over the future of a Norwich pre-school after it was forced to close suddenly.

A new school for children with social, emotional and mental health needs is set to be developed on the former Alderman Swindell site in Great Yarmouth.

Pupils and staff at a special school in Norfolk are celebrating an ‘outstanding’ Ofsted report.

New schools for children with special educational needs or at risk of exclusion are set to open in East Anglia.

Plans to open a new Catholic primary school – the first in Norfolk for decades – have received the backing of 90% of those people who took part in a public consultation.

Mary Poppins, Denis the Menace and Percy the Park Keeper were just some of the characters turning up for lessons at the Belfry Primary School, Overstrand, which celebrated World Book Day with activities ranging from reading sessions, to a book swap.

Students have received career advice from an industry specialist to help then secure a job.

Parents were left in tears of joy as children from Mattishall Primary School danced on stage to more than 600 people.

School children across the county spent the day as their favourite book characters.

He’s a famous actor who’s put young wizards in their place, fought in the Battle of Endor and shared a screen with David Bowie.

Harry Potter, Alice in Wonderland and Where’s Wally were favourites among youngsters this World Book Day.

Author visits, art workshops and singing sessions were just some of the activities laid on at Sheringham Primary School to celebrate World Book Day.

A young Norfolk man’s life-changing experience is being used to shock youngsters into being safer on the roads.

Lauren Cope

Bethany Whymark

Education correspondent



Bethany 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.

Bethany also covers news from the hundreds of schools in our region and keeps on top of local results.

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