Key education issues in Suffolk such as special educational needs, catchment areas and home schooling will be put under greater scrutiny thanks to a series of new task forces.

Boys at a Norfolk academy have been banned from their Leavers' Ball with one father describing the school's decision as "petty".

A student will travel to Poland to showcase his skills in the farming Olympics.

For children across Norfolk it's exam time: when the invigilators are called into action, school halls are repurposed and pupils pour over years' worth of notes and textbooks to refresh and refill their brains with information ahead of the big day.

Schools across East Anglia have just two days left to submit their LEGO token totals to be in with a chance of winning up to £1,000 worth of LEGO vouchers.

Two Norwich schools are set to see out the academic year in a new federation.

A third of the teaching assistants at a schools federation in Norwich are set to lose their jobs.

A village school has been retained its 'good' rating following its first Ofsted inspection in seven years.

An Olympic athlete gave a masterclass to hundreds of budding athletes at a town's first Sports Fest.

A brand new primary school is among plans to improve the amenities in a Norfolk village as it grows through housing development.

Social care services for children in Suffolk have been hailed by independent inspectors as being of an "exceptionally high standard" after being just one of a handful in the country to get the top rating.

It's been another busy week in Norfolk's schools and we've been sent some wonderful photos for our School Report.

Former students have tagged as "heartbreaking" a decision to close a college training restaurant that has produced a string of top chefs.

Pupils at a primary school are still suffering the effects of dog owners failing to clear up after their pets - despite a campaign to address the problem.

Pupils at a north Norfolk high school have celebrated winning the chance to compete in an international robotics festival.

The Lord Mayor of Norwich has visited City College to find out more about the impact a specialist horticulture course is having on the lives of young people with learning disabilities.

Former students from a Suffolk secondary school are being asked to go back to the classroom to inspire current students to career confidence and academic success.

Music lessons can often fall victim to under-resourcing at rural primary schools, with a lack of teachers and funds for equipment.

Norwich students could be calling more of the disciplinary shots in their schools in an effort to improve social mobility.

A small academy trust which has announced redundancies at all of its schools in the past month is going into partnership with a larger trust to secure its future.

Parents fighting a daily battle to ensure their children with special needs get a proper education are taking to the streets to call on the government for extra funding.

The legacy of a 100-year-old Catholic school will live on in a Norfolk market town after approval was granted for a new school in its place.

A high school is asking its community for help raising thousands of pounds for a new "grab and go" dining block after the project was given the go-ahead by councillors.

A million-pound initiative to unlock the potential of graduates and small businesses in Norfolk is set to kick off this summer.

Aspiring solicitors in Norfolk will no longer have to travel out of county to get qualified after the University of East Anglia (UEA) announced it will start offering training.

An education union leader in Norfolk says his branch is being "absolutely inundated" with calls from teaching staff worried about their job security.

A Norfolk high school has been chosen to host a prime time BBC show presented by a broadcasting legend.

An under-fire college has been told further improvements must be made following its fifth Ofsted visit in 18 months.

Over the next few weeks students in Norfolk and Suffolk will be sitting down to the most important exams of their lives so far.

A mother-of-one who has become embroiled in an eight month battle to get her autistic son's education moved says she is "disgusted" by the way she has been treated by a Norfolk primary school.

Excited school children welcomed some carnivorous guests as a new outdoor play facility was unveiled.

Sporting success stories and outdoor activities appear to be the theme of this week's School Report.

Early primary school tests for children across Norfolk could be abolished from next year as part of a government pilot scheme.

A Norfolk independent school has been commended for its work to support wellbeing.

A group of high school students tried their hand at cooking in a competition inspired by a popular TV show.

From gladiators fighting in the Colosseum, to life in the trenches during the First World War, primary school pupils have been "virtually transported" to different periods of time.

A new principal has been appointed at Lowestoft Sixth Form College, a year after being named runner-up in the national Teacher of the Year awards.

A Suffolk playschool for children with additional needs has been targeted by 'mindless vandalism' on four occasions in one week.

Academy staff and students will put their best foot forward as they remember a long-standing member of staff at this year's Race for Life.

History students were selected to visit the site of one of the most harrowing pieces of modern history.

A Norfolk school had to turn away more than half its capacity as it proved to be the most popular in south west Norfolk.

Schools in Watton are left with empty spaces as the new year of reception students are accepted, figures reveal.

An independent school educating some of Norfolk's most vulnerable children has been warned by inspectors for a second time that it must improve.

A Norwich school is asking pupils and staff, past and present, to help it celebrate half a century of educating children in the city.

Norfolk has a rich motorsport scene, from the Snetterton race track and headquarters of car maker Lotus to Formula 1's newest young star, King's Lynn born George Russell.

Two generations of schoolchildren have learned how to keep safe on the roads by enjoying Olly Day's magic safety shows.

Wide variations in primary places in South Norfolk have been revealed by new figures showing some schools having to turn away pupils while others struggle to fill classes.

Negotiating the job market for the first time can be a daunting process, with a multitude of oddly named roles and jargon filled descriptions.

Planning permission has been granted for a new 420-place primary school in a Norfolk village.

A hearing impaired Norfolk student is helping to raise awareness of her condition in an art exhibition.

A new specialist independent school in north Norfolk has been found to require improvement at an inspection just six months after opening its doors last year.

The clamour for school places in Wymondham has been revealed as figures show almost 100 families trying to get their child a reception place in the town for the new school year were left disappointed.

More than 100 schoolchildren from across Norfolk joined forces to take part in an anti-bullying project that aims to support pupils who have been targeted by bullies.

A Norwich primary school which opened its doors last year is struggling to fill reception places for its second intake, figures reveal.

Across the county, it's been another busy week of learning for youngsters and we've been sent some wonderful photos for our School Report.

Back in 2004 council bosses announced a £74m investment in Norwich's education system which would see five new schools built and major renovations at a city high school. Education correspondent Bethany Whymark looks at how the projects came to fruition and where the schools are now.

Schools should stay accountable for the outcomes of pupils they exclude, a government-baked report has claimed.

An outstanding commitment to sharing knowledge has helped a Norwich teacher and researcher secure a prestigious science prize.

Preparing music and performing arts students for the world of work is becoming increasingly important, according to lecturers at a Norfolk college.

Fears have been raised about the removal of up to 12 "important" trees worth up to £330,000 to make way for a Norwich independent school's new dining room.

Primary school pupils in Norfolk have taken their learning about French artist Henri Matisse to new heights.

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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