May 23 2013 Latest news:
Victoria Leggett, Education correspondent
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Teams of Ofsted inspectors have today begun a week of co-ordinated inspections in Norfolk to find out why the county has a disproportionate number of under-performing schools.
It is part of a wave of focused school visits taking place during the current term in local authority areas where the proportion of children attending a good or outstanding school is currently well below the national average.
The most recent data shows that only 54pc of secondary school children in Norfolk attend a good or better school. For primary school children, the figure is 63pc.
Sean Harford, Ofsted regional director for the East of England, said: “Every parent wants their child to go to a good or better school. However, in Norfolk a little over half of secondary school age children and only 63% of primary school children currently do so.
“It cannot be right that local authority areas with similar demographics - such as the size of the population and the levels of deprivation - have such varying levels of provision in schools.”
Together this will give a powerful snapshot of not only how well schools are doing in Norfolk since the Annual Report data was collected, but also a strong indication of the quality of external support and direction given to the schools by the local authority.
Ofsted believes the inspections will offer “a powerful snapshot” of how well schools are doing in Norfolk, and whether situation is improving, and a strong indication of the quality of external support and direction given to the schools by Nofolk County Council.