Fewer than 50pc of Norfolk’s secondary schools are offering an acceptable quality of education, according to Ofsted.

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It means children in the county face a postcode lottery when it comes to attending a good or outstanding high school or academy – with standards varying greatly depending on where you live.

Publishing his first annual Ofsted report yesterday, chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw said: “The inequities for local children are stark. This is completely unacceptable.

“That’s why I intend, from January, to use Ofsted’s new regional structure to inquire further into areas that are performing badly. We need to find out what is happening, and inspect where necessary. We will also work with local areas to support them and help them link up with best practice.”

In Norfolk, 59pc of all schools are currently rated good or outstanding following Ofsted inspections, compared with a national average of 70pc.

That is buoyed by good performances by the area’s special schools where 91pc have achieved at least a good rating and more than half have been given the top grade.

But when it comes to secondary schools and academies, that drops to just 47pc.

In both Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, 66pc of all schools achieve outstanding or good grades.

In January this year, Ofsted signalled that satisfactory was no longer considered good enough.

It angered many headteachers and teaching unions but the inspectorate stuck by its decision and scrapped the “satisfactory” grading in September, replacing it with “requires improvement”.

Alison Thomas, cabinet member for children’s services at Norfolk County Council, said she was convinced the area’s schools could do better.

She said: “Although we are narrowing the gap in key stage results and Ofsted inspection results are improving too, I am certainly not satisfied with where we are at the moment and I want to see us move up the league table in the future.

“As a parent, I share the desire of all families to ensure as many Norfolk schools as possible continue to move towards good or outstanding.”

The county councillor said she believed changes taking place across the county, including the creation of more federations for small schools, were already giving schools “renewed confidence, a sense of self determination and, in many cases, a new start”.

Gordon Boyd, assistant director of children’s services at Norfolk County Council, added: “Since the new inspection regime was introduced in September, there have been supportive comments from Ofsted and encouraging outcomes, and these are hopeful signs for the future without us being complacent in any way about our current position. We are determined to do what we can to enable all schools to learn from those that are good and outstanding, and we are challenging and supporting schools to improve performance.”

29 comments

  • ...and Norfolk County Council has minimal and diminishing powers to actually effect any change. It is solely down to the quality of head teacher and teaching staff at those schools that are deemed to be below standard. With a bit of the culpability levelled at the Governors. However, all 3 of my kids went to schools that were deemed to be below standard at various times, and frankly it hasn't done them any harm. And I couldn't fault the commitment of the teachers I engaged with at the time either. Frankly, i's the assessors that really need looking at.

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    Tom Jeffries

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • ....can shout all they like....no not shouting, just producing statistics that people can take into account. If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck and walks like a duck, it's a duck...sorry if this upsets you Eden.

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    Rhombus

    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

  • "UK schools slip down world rankings" Guardian 71210......The UK is slipping down world education rankings in maths, reading and science, and has been overtaken by Poland and Norway, a major study of 65 countries reveals today. Around 470,000 15-year-olds across the world sat a numeracy, literacy and science test last year, the results of which inform the latest Pisa study by the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) is highly respected across the globe, and enables politicians and policy-makers to assess how different countries' education systems compare. It shows the UK's reputation as one of the world's best for education is at risk, and has tumbled several places since 2006. The UK is ranked 25th for reading, 28th for maths and 16th for science. In 2006, when 57 countries were included in the study, it was placed 17th, 24th and 14th respectively. Poland has stretched ahead of the UK in maths, while Norway is now ranked higher in reading and maths. Andreas Shleicher, head of the Pisa programme, said the picture for the UK was "stagnant at best"......The survey (a proper one Eden not a subjective one) also shows we have one of the most expensive teaching systems. So a double whammy....an expensive and stagnating system.....roll out the free schools I say. Just google 'pisa 2009 at a glance' for a proper report Eden.

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    Rhombus

    Sunday, December 2, 2012

  • ....I'm afraid u totally miss the point Popeye which is how facile these surveys are.....How right you are Eden! By ignoring all the data I can see your point of view. In fact I now believe that the UK offers outstanding education at fantastic value, and that Norfolk schools are much better than those of any other county in the UK!

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    Rhombus

    Sunday, December 2, 2012

  • It doesn't upset me in the slightest. What upsets me is that successive Governments have ignored the 3 essential issues and pretended that they have all the answers with their ignorant and hysterical attacks on anything in the public sector. For the last 50 yrs central Government have spouted about how awful education was and how they would put it right when in fact the Global Pearson survey says that the UK education system is the 6th best in the world and has the highest adult literacy rates in the world. But of course this isn't good press for the media or, I doubt, for you. Link to report: http:uk.lifestyle.yahoo.comuk-education-comes-sixth-global-league-table-130000692.html

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    Sportswagon

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

  • Sarcastic too......u seem very bitter. Shame since academic debate seems thin on the ground. As with GM schs before, Free Schs and Academies will achieve the same, if not slightly lower grades than state maintained schs and then who will u blame?

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    Sportswagon

    Tuesday, December 4, 2012

  • No and u have my sympathy (stupid, meddling politicians' fault undoubtedly) but u have to compare what that school is now achieving 10 yrs down the line after state support, having had virtual freedom to do as they pleased from the 1960s to the 1990s (central Government policy). All three of my daughters also went to NCC schs which had prior to 2000 been 'dire' in GCSE terms but good in PISA terms. Now PISA says they are not so gd but GCSE passes are now no where near the 7 % level any longer being at all time high levels with 2 of my girls at univ and one is about to go to 6th form. Are these schs better or worse? So back to my original comment about stats ..... waste of time and politically driven.

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    Sportswagon

    Tuesday, December 4, 2012

  • . Link to report: http:uk.lifestyle.yahoo.comuk-education-comes-sixth-global-league-table-130000692.html

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    Sportswagon

    Friday, November 30, 2012

  • Censoring still continuing 3 days on!!

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    Sportswagon

    Friday, November 30, 2012

  • I should add too that the OECDPISA report findings are part of the much bigger Global Pearson report that I have mentioned!!!

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    Sportswagon

    Monday, December 3, 2012

  • I am very sorry to tell you that Jimmy came bottom of class in his maths and English exams. Have you applied the Pearson SocioDeprivation and ADHD-FreeSchoolMeals correction factors? Sorry I didn't, hold on I will press a few buttons. Yes, nothing to worry about, Jimmy is now top of the class! Remember next year he will have to start thinking about what university courses he should be applying for.

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    Rhombus

    Tuesday, December 4, 2012

  • As I said......discredit or insult those u disagree with and use only data that supports your point of view. For the record it is called the Pearson Learning Curve and features many surveys including PISA to give a much better researched view. The NUT and political swipe indicates exactly why u lap up anything that is negative about public services. Perhaps u should more accurately point out that it would indeed be in Pearson's interests to attack state education since as a huge private company sweeping up state contracts it would please them enormously to push forward as a beneficiary of the Free school & Academy programme.

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    Sportswagon

    Tuesday, December 4, 2012

  • Looks like NCC will be put on special measures by Ofsted.....47 percent and going South....What is that old saying....No education, No education, No education. Time for an Education Commissioner I say!

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    Rhombus

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • If you look at all the parliament debates going on in regard to educational performance, the OECD PISA report is the reference point (refered to 31 times in Educational performance debate on 12th May 2011). The Pearson Report looks like it is gathering dust, just like Eden's views.

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    Rhombus

    Monday, December 3, 2012

  • Precisely Popeye, since whilst Eng & maths are important Pearson gives the complete picture. The point being is that if our children did as much maths for example as the Singaporese, God forbid, our children would excel in maths but wouldn't excel at all the things that our fab nation is so good at.

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    Sportswagon

    Tuesday, December 4, 2012

  • Insult is always the last refuge of someone who has lost the argument Popeye! NB The Pearson report of which PISA is a part has just been published.

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    Sportswagon

    Monday, December 3, 2012

  • Well done, u demonstrate my point perfectly!

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    Sportswagon

    Sunday, December 2, 2012

  • ....Norfolk County Council has minimal and diminishing powers to actually effect any change.....Then long may they diminish...a big bunch of time-serving pretenders. Brave enough to take big salaries, but not brave enough to take big decisions when it comes to real change in our schools. Don't make excuses for a failed regime.

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    Rhombus

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • This is just shocking and there is no excuse, Norfolk County Council 1 out of 10.

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    John L Norton

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • It doesn't upset me in the slightest. What upsets me is that successive Governments have ignored the 3 essential issues and pretended that they have all the answers with their ignorant and hysterical attacks on anything in the public sector. Perhaps u remember James Callahgan, M Thatcher, T Blair and now D Cameron all spouting about how awful education was and how they would put it right when in fact the Global Pearson survey says that the UK education system is the 6th best in the world and has the highest adult literacy rates in the world. But of course this isn't good press for the media or, I doubt, for you.

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    Sportswagon

    Friday, November 30, 2012

  • You should have a look at how Norfolk and Suffolk schools have been underfunded for decades in comparison with other regions. If East Anglia doesn't get adequate funding from what was called the rate support grant how can it spend on schools? This is an underhand attempt to impose academies across the board. Give every Norfolk school the same per pupil per year as the academies and as well funded London boroughs and see the improvements. Towns like Yarmouth and Thetford have long had the same sort of problems as inner city schools on a small scale but not the funding to cope with them.

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    Daisy Roots

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • As always Daisy reveals the truth about Norfolk whilst the other educational "experts" commenting here pile on the rubbish. All 3 of my children have gone right thro Norfolk schs and done really well inspite of 2 of the schs being below OfstedDfE standards. There are 3 essential problems: appalling funding; no LA right of intervention for the last 10-15 yrs UNTIL a sch is in trouble; general parent apathy in UK unlike in the excellent education systems in Finland and Singapore where education is everything. Until these 3 things are sorted Ofsted and DfE (same bodies now anyway!) can shout all they like to the willing audience of LA and school bashers.

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    Sportswagon

    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

  • Forgot to mention Norfolk schools are declining relative to UK schools as a whole, and UK schools are declining relative to the world. Now can you see the situation is serious.

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    Rhombus

    Sunday, December 2, 2012

  • The Pearson Report uses over 60 indicators including, education spending, school entrance age, pupil teacher ratio, school life expectancy, teacher salaries, PISA, literacy rates, graduation rates, unemployment by educational attainment, labour market productivity, social inequality, crime rates, GDP per capita, unemployment. As a social study it is fine, and I am sure many students will find it useful in their essays on education, but as an raw indicator of student performance in comparison to other countries it is useless. P.S. Pearson hasn't included the kitchen sink indicator as well, students of education will have to factor that in themselves.

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    Rhombus

    Tuesday, December 4, 2012

  • I'm afraid u totally miss the point Popeye which is how facile these surveys are and what actually makes a good or great education system. It can't be all that bad if we have the 6th largest economy in the world inspite of the 3 missing essentials I have mentioned before. Where are the great Finnish and Singaporese thinkers, creators, economists etc yet they feature at the top of most tables. UK education .....one of the bestone of the worst? It constantly moves up and down the PISA tables and sometimes isn't even entered. UK education was slated in the 60s, then the 70s ...oh and of course the 80s, 90s and yet again. I prefer to see the evidence from my daughters and other young, intelligent people rather than the usual drivel found in newspapers and spouted by politicians which u seem to swallow hook line and sinker.

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    Sportswagon

    Sunday, December 2, 2012

  • Eden, 10 years ago my eldest went to a NCC Community School which 'achieved' a 7% pass rate a* - c in Science (yes single science at that). Are you sure Free Schools & Academies will go lower than that!

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    Rhombus

    Tuesday, December 4, 2012

  • The Pearson report or more correctly Sir Michael Barbers Report. Michael Barber was formerly Tony Blair's chief adviser on policy implementation and now chief education adviser at the educational publisher Pearson. He also worked for the education department of the NUT. Impartial...not really...political agenda...probably. The company he works for also owns Edexcel, a huge examination board. I doubt if the report will feature much in the coming parliament debates, but of course the teaching unions might like to promote it.

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    Rhombus

    Monday, December 3, 2012

  • Yes and we all know about the validity of statistics.....lies and damn lies etc.

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    Sportswagon

    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

  • It doesn't upset me in the slightest. What upsets me is that successive Governments have ignored the 3 essential issues and pretended that they have all the answers with their ignorant and hysterical attacks on anything in the public sector. Perhaps u remember James Callahgan, M Thatcher, T Blair and now D Cameron all spouting about how awful education was and how they would put it right when in fact the Global Pearson survey says that the UK education system is the 6th best in the world and has the highest adult literacy rates in the world. But of course this isn't good press for the media or, I doubt, for you. Link to report: http:uk.lifestyle.yahoo.comuk-education-comes-sixth-global-league-table-130000692.html

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    Sportswagon

    Friday, November 30, 2012

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