A nursery school has been accused of “emotional blackmail” after warning parents that their children could be put into separate classrooms with fewer facilities if they don’t start paying its optional surcharge.

Leading education figures have praised the resilience of Norfolk’s schools in the face of criticism by the sector’s watchdog.

Inclusion in schools is something Daniel Sobel knows a lot about.

One of Norfolk’s biggest schools has retained its ‘Good’ rating from Ofsted but has been told to do more to address persistent absences by pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.

A village primary school has been given a good rating by the education watchdog.

An organisation supporting more than 1,000 families with children with special needs is expecting its services to be fully booked this year as more parents and carers seek their help.

College leaders in Norfolk have given their views on a new campaign designed to dispel “snobby attitudes” towards apprenticeships.

A mother who paid more than £300 for a bus pass for her daughter feels she is being failed by the operator.

A new £11.3million skills centre to train people to work in the energy, engineering, maritime and offshore sectors is on schedule to open in Suffolk this autumn.

Exam periods and studying at university away from home can be tough, but Norfolk students now have a furry friend who can lend a paw.

A north Norfolk school maintained its rating of good in an Ofsted inspection.

A primary school is hoping to create a new field study centre on its site to make the most of its nationally-recognised surroundings.

More than 200 education leaders will gather in Norfolk this week to discuss the future of teaching and curriculums in the county’s schools.

A college has welcomed back its former students at a presentation evening to celebrate their achievements.

A grandfather is calling on the government to add an innovative type of sign language to the National Curriculum.

A former scientist turned children’s author has seen her first book scoop a prestigious national prize given to titles that find innovative ways to inspire youngsters about science.

Schools which achieve good exam results by “gaming and cramming” could be penalised under a new inspection framework.

Two boys with special educational needs missed out on a total of two and a half years of education while waiting for “vital support” from the local authority, a new report reveals.

A primary school in West Norfolk is rewarding its pupils every time they take part in the 2k junior Parkrun.

A council has pledged to pump £1.5m into a service for children with special educational needs which is currently ranked the second worst in the country.

Parents hoping to secure their primary school of choice in Norfolk for the new academic year are being reminded to get their applications in.

The final local authority-maintained high school in Lowestoft is becoming an academy.

A Great Yarmouth school site is set to be closed all week due to flooding.

Sailing trips, rockets and operas - it’s been a busy week at our schools.

Norwich High School for Girls has welcomed a new school dog this term who they hope will help students educationally and socially.

A Norfolk primary school has started the new term with a permanent headteacher – for the first time in 18 months.

The new head teacher of two primary schools may be barking up the right tree by introducing a puppy to delighted pupils in his first week.

It’s a controversial issue which could get chewier this year – should schools have a say over what type of snacks their pupils eat?

Pupils have made a New Year’s resolution to reduce plastic waste through a new recycling scheme.

There are just three days to go before this year’s university applications deadline – and the UK could be on track for a record student cohort.

A teenage motorcycle racer beat the boys to win the British Mini Grand Prix winter series.

The boss of another Norfolk academy trust has announced their imminent departure.

Easton and Otley College has been “working relentlessly” to get back on track following a damning Ofsted report last year, its principal said in her new year message.

One of the country’s only state boarding schools for primary age children could open in Norfolk next year.

A respected Shakespearean actor has been treading the boards during a conference at a Norfolk college.

The latest human model developed at the University of East Anglia (UEA) can simulate the changes patients experience following eye surgery.

A “legacy of ineffective leadership and teaching” is holding back progress at an under-performing Norfolk high school, inspectors have claimed.

A Norwich university is celebrating its first anniversary as part of a campaign which supports refugees and asylum seekers.

A former teacher at a top private Norfolk school has been struck off for sexually touching a pupil - despite a jury acquitting him three years ago.

A Gorleston school has appointed a new executive principal.

At 17 most students are thinking about exams, university or college interviews, or preparing for the world of work.

A care home in West Norfolk has been turning the clocks back when groups of primary school children come to visit.

Former students of a Norfolk school have celebrated their success at an awards ceremony.

Few would deny the power of dogs to cheer and calm people in even the foulest of moods.

Norwich’s Wensum Lodge could be set for a revamp, if proposals to turn it into a creative hub for the city get the go-ahead and the money needed for the transformation can be found.

A brand new school is set to be built in King’s Lynn.

A seasoned Norfolk headteacher is returning to home turf to lead two coastal schools.

Students from six high schools across south Norfolk and north Suffolk can test their employability skills in front of senior business leaders, at a mock recruitment assessment day on January 10.

A Norwich school has begun the new term with a building project after plasterwork started crumbling.

More than 700 children were taken out of schools in Norfolk to be home-educated in the last academic year.

The new year is often considered a time for transformation – and this year that message is ringing true for one Norwich primary school.

A school which starred in a television series is set to close this year despite a plea to the public to help save it.

An opera singer who has performed globally and who has the same voice coach who once worked with late Pavarotti has appeared as special guest at a Norfolk school.

Jake Humphrey and West End performer Jack Fisher surprised students at Sprowston Community Academy at a prize winner’s event.

A bus which uses Lego to help children who struggle with communication is on the road for a new run of sessions.

Parents should worry less about the amount of screen time their child is getting, according to new guidelines.

A private study centre supporting more than 200 families is set to open a new permanent base in Norwich after city planners gave it the green light.

The landscape for education and childcare in Norfolk has been through many changes in 2018, from the 10th anniversary of the county’s first academy to revolts over school exclusions and the potential closure of children’s centres. Bethany Whymark looks back at the legacy of these trends – and forward to what 2019 might hold.

Leaders at a playgroup where children are not challenged to learn say they are already working to address inspectors’ concerns.

The Growing Together Project is continuing in the New Year having been successfully run at The Wellbeing Day Centre in Oulton Broad.

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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