Research has found that less well off students in areas including Norwich are falling well behind in the classroom.
The charity Ambition School Leadership says poorer children make nearly two years less progress at GCSE level compared to wealthier pupils.
The study follows an earlier Government announcement naming Norwich as one of six 'opportunity areas' that would get extra funding to give youngsters a better start in life.
James Toop, CEO of Ambition School Leadership, said: "We're ambitious for every child to achieve their potential but seeing how far students are falling behind in Opportunity Areas means we have to support their schools to improve."
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Recruiting teachers to this region continues to be a problem - with up to a quarter of posts going unfilled.
According to a survey by the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), schools in the East said they'd failed to fill one in four jobs for teachers on the main and upper pay scales.
Almost nine out of 10 headteacher roles were a struggle to recruit for, and two thirds of newly-qualified teacher jobs.
One of the most famous dinosaurs in the world is on the march to Norwich.
Dippy the Diplodocus is seen by millions of people every year in the central hall of the Natural History Museum in London.
The 70ft plaster-cast sauropod replica has been on display there since 1979 but sets off next year on a national tour to seven towns and cities ending up at Norwich Cathedral in 2020.
We wanted Dippy to visit unusual locations so he can draw in people that may not traditionally visit a museum. Making iconic items accessible to as many people as possible is at the heart of what museums give to the nation, so we have ensured that Dippy will still be free to view at all tour venues.
Dippy will spend at least four to six months at each location because he will have to be taken apart and reconstructed at every stop on the tour. A total of 1.5 million people are expected to see him.
The replica dinosaur was cast from original fossil bones discovered in the US in 1898.
A new school for children with special educational needs could be created in Northamptonshire to meet a rising demand for places.
The county council has revealed plans for an all-through free school in Corby.
It follows a 9.3% increase in the number of children attending a special education needs (SEN) school between January 2014 and January 2016.
Red Kite Academy, which would be built on part of the former Beanfield Community School, would provide places for up to 100 pupils aged four to 18.
A planning application is due to be submitted later this month and building work could start next June.
"We know there are an increasing number of children in Northamptonshire attending special educational needs schools and this new school will help us to meet demand and provide local places for local children.
“I would encourage people in Corby to come along to our consultation event to find out more about these exciting plans.”
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A share of £60 million of Government money will be coming to Norwich to help youngsters get a better start in life.
The city, which has been ranked as second from bottom in the UK for social mobility, is one of six 'opportunity areas' to receive funding, with more areas to follow.
The new Education Secretary Justine Greening visited City College to talk more about the plans.
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