Thursday, February 27, 2014
After a year which saw repeated blows to the reputation of education in Norfolk, the leader of a local academy chain and a secondary school leader have recorded a podcast discussing how we got here and what comes next.
Academies, aspiration and accountability were on the agenda when Dick Palmer, chief executive officer of the Transforming Education in Norfolk (TEN) Group, and Rob Anthony, associate headteacher of the Hewett School in Norwich, sat down with education correspondent Martin George and digital editor David Powles at Archant’s head office.
For Mr Palmer, a former principal of City College, the past year had delivered a shock to the county’s education system, but he was optimistic that work now under way would improve results.
For Mr Anthony, who is also chairman of a co-operative trust of schools in Norwich, a constant stream of national stories attacking schools had led to exaggerated pessimism about the true situation in the county.
The pair disagreed about the role of academies in improving education, but both spoke about the importance of schools working in collaboration – a key part of Norfolk County Council’s strategy to drive up standards.
What do you think of Mr Palmer and Mr Anthony’s views? Leave a comment below.