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Ofsted chief questions "dire" Norfolk education

The Chief Inspector of Ofsted Sir Michael Wilshaw asks why so many Norfolk schools are dire. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive/Press Association Images

In a hard-hitting speech on school standards the Chief Inspector of the education watchdog Ofsted, Sir Michael Wilshaw, has questioned why education is so dire in much of Norfolk.

He said:

"Why is education so dire in much of Norfolk? Why does East Anglia have so few National Leaders of Education?

"This is not good enough. I make no apologies for directing inspections towards schools that are anything less than good. They require improvement and we shall visit and revisit them until they do.

_"These coasting schools are not just those in coastal isolation. They are equally to be found in Kettering and Wokingham, Norwich and Newbury.

"The pattern of underachievement is particularly evident in a swathe of the country down the East and South-east of England."

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OFSTED inspect Norfolk County Council

Norfolk is one of the first two local authorities to have Ofsted Inspectors look into the work it's doing to improve under-performing schools.

The new school improvement inspections are being carried out to make sure local authorities are providing the right level of support to schools in difficulty.

The inspection will look into why Norfolk has such a high number of under-performing schools compared to the rest of the country.

Norfolk schools face snap inspections

Ofsted inspectors have begun a week of inspections in Norfolk to find out why the county has a disproportionate number of under-performing schools.

Inspections are taking place in local authorities across the UK where the number of children attending a good or outstanding school is well below the national average.

In Norfolk parents only have a fifty per cent chance of their child going to a good or better secondary school.

Sean Harford, the Ofsted regional director for the East of England, said: "Those school requiring improvement will have an Oftsed inspector linked to them working with the school to make it better for the young people."

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