Just one child in Suffolk referred for an autism assessment was seen within the mandatory 13 week period in 2019, shock new figures show - with waiting times nearly double what they should be.

A former oil and gas explorer who is now training to be a physics teacher will be among those hoping to inspire more people to swap careers for the classroom at an event in Norwich.

A councillor has warned that government plans to pay for special needs education via deficit funding could amount to a "toxic magic money tree".

Lecturers at the University of East Anglia are on strike over an ongoing pay and pensions dispute.

A group of talented schoolchildren will be 'Lego-ing' to the finals of a competition celebrating all that is wonderful about the famed plastic block.

A school pupil was so inspired by her story that she arranged for prominent anti-racism campaigner Baroness Lawrence to visit Norwich to discuss her campaign to get justice for her son.

A village primary school has retained its good rating following praise from inspectors for its "sense of community".

Events aimed at inspiring more female students to pursue careers in the energy and construction sectors have been hailed a success.

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Half a million pounds has been pledged by Suffolk Highways for fresh road markings and signs outside schools ahead of a changeover in parking laws.

The bulk of a former primary school is days away from being torn down to make way for a new £12m special needs hub.

An independent school has revealed revised proposals for a new dining hall after its previous bid was rejected by councillors because it involved cutting down 12 trees to make way for it.

A record-breaking number of students from a Norfolk college have been offered places to study at Oxford and Cambridge.

A new state primary boarding school in Norfolk - set to be the first of its kind - has been given the go-ahead by councillors.

Education chiefs are to form a task force to revamp a key strategy which aims to raise educational standards in Suffolk.

Parents have told of their anger after a council rejected their pleas to save a bus to transport their children to school in the next village.

It has long been acknowledged, a dog is man's best friend.

A training provider which closed after the collapse of a charity is set to be revived.

Primary school pupils have walked along China's lantern tunnel and explored wild habitats after a crowdfunding campaign to introduce virtual reality headsets into classes.

Muggles and wizards from across Dereham were transported to the magical world of Harry Potter when their school library was transformed into the Great Hall of Hogwarts.

An award-winning children's author surprised pupils at a Norfolk school with a special visit after they revealed to him how much children had fallen in love with his work.

A school in west Norfolk could get the addition of a new classroom if plans are approved.

A new teaching block is set to be unveiled as part of a major project to expand and refurbish a high school.

Youngsters with special educational needs in Suffolk are being excluded three time more than their peers, new data revealed.

Thousands of school children from across the county are to come together for a week of sporting competition.

The number of penalty notices issued to Norfolk parents for taking their children out of school without permission hit has hit a record high.

Controversial plans to build a new school and more than 100 homes in north Norfolk blasted as "detrimental" by an MP have been refused by councillors.

From a pommel horse to hymn books, school chairs and Bunsen burners, the entire contents of a former Norfolk boarding school has gone under the hammer in a silent auction.

A former headteacher dogged by controversy has been appointed regional schools director at a London-based academy.

Teachers could strike in protest at the running of their school after making a series of allegations.

New management has been announced for a Norfolk school.

A catalogue of errors have been found in the launch of a controversial new school transport policy last year, a new report has found.

A coastal college welcomed the former Chief of the General Staff to oversee the first parade inspection of its newly formed cadet force.

Proposals for a law which could stop schools from requiring parents to purchase expensive branded school uniforms will be put forward next week.

An academy that was told it must improve has now been rated as 'good' by the education watchdog.

A father has said he experienced more prejudice in the 24 hours after arriving home from China than in his entire life as fears over the spread of coronavirus grip the public.

Chinese investors have entered into a partnership with Wisbech Grammar School in a move that will secure its 600-year-old history, guarantee its future and provide additional cash for bursaries for state school pupils.

A primary in west Norfolk collapsed its normal school timetable this week to teach children about the importance of the environment and sustainability.

A data breach which saw confidential information about dozens of students sent to their peers cost the UEA more than £140,000.

Three Norfolk high schools will soon be under new management after being switched to different academy trusts.

Some of Norfolk's schools have had a multi-cultural week with Chinese New Year celebrations and fundraising for relief work in Australia.

It was a scene like no other for these Norfolk children who were left speechless by a special visit from a Doctor Who Dalek.

Twin sisters are among three students from a sixth form to receive offers to study at the University of Cambridge.

Parents and guardians of children at a Norwich school have expressed their relief over the decision to hire a new crossing attendant after a year and a half without one.

The "Marmite" headteacher who has left Great Yarmouth Charter Academy will leave the Inspiration Trust altogether, it has been confirmed.

Survivors of genocides across the world movingly spoke at a Holocaust Memorial Day event held in Suffolk about the importance of stamping out all forms of discrimination.

A "Marmite" headteacher has left a Norfolk school, days after it was denied he had been suspended.

A Norwich college could lower the age of students it admits from 14 to 11-years-old.

Students are set to get an eco-friendly dining hall as their school is given the go-ahead to demolish its current building.

Wages for top managers at academy chains have soared by a quarter, despite a funding crisis gripping the region's schools.

Parents of youngsters at a north Norfolk nursery have defended its record after the venue was given a 'requires improvement' rating by Ofsted.

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Fears pre-school education in Norfolk is facing a "dangerous" funding gap have been raised after £2.5m of early years money was set aside for other education priorities.

Councillors have warned they could be "failing in their duty" to provide a school after previous plans for one in the area were withdrawn following objections.

No hot water and a boiler failure have shut two Norfolk schools.

Suffolk education campaigners have welcomed plans for Ofsted to scrap its inspection exemptions for 'outstanding' schools - but raised fears that some may not have been assessed in 17 years.

From lunchtime clubs to volunteering in the community, it's been another busy week for Norfolk's pupils.

Problems at a Norwich primary school which remains unsafe due to flooding have been known about since last spring.

A survivor of the Rwandan genocide will speak movingly to Suffolk students about the horrors of the war at an event to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD).

Two schools remain closed today because of problems with flooding and heating.

A Norwich primary school remains 'unsafe' due to flooding, resulting in pupils being relocated to other schools.

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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