An Ofsted report looking into Norfolk County Council's children's services department has today branded the authority as "ineffective"Read the full story ›
The education watchdog Ofsted that's declared it will tackle the problem of under-performing schools in the East.
The head of Ofsted Sir Michael Wilshaw has criticised schools - including some in Norwich and Kettering - for 'coasting' and says it won't allow children to be failed any more.
In a speech today he gave a damning verdict on our region, asking why education is so dire in much of Norfolk and why East Anglia has so few National Leaders of Education.Matthew Hudson reports.
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.
"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."
The Chief Inspector of Ofsted claims schools are failing their poorest pupils, particularly in the East of England.Read the full story ›
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.
A damning Ofsted report has labelled child protection services in Northamptonshire as inadequate.
The schools inspectorate has called on the County Council to make urgent changes, including reducing the risk of harm and abuse. In response the council says it will be making immediate improvements.
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."