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Sir Michael Wilshaw, head of Ofsted, was today asked about the report into claims three Norfolk academies received advance notice of inspection dates. Photo: Bill Smith

“It does seem to be an enormous amount of coincidence” - MP on missing emails and minutes that “hampered” Ofsted tip-off probe

An MP has described the deleted emails, inaccessible emails and missing minutes that “hampered” an investigation that cleared three Norfolk academies of receiving tip-offs about inspection dates as “an enormous amount of coincidence”.

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Dame Rachel de Souza, when she was principal of Ormiston Victory Academy.

Update: Norfolk academy Ofsted tip off probe says schools were not given advance notice - but investigation hampered by missing emails

An independent probe into allegations three Norfolk academies received advance notice of Ofsted inspection dates has said that “on the balance of probabilities” no-one at the schools was unfairly tipped off.

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Former education secretary Michael Gove with Rachel de Souza.Photo: Steve Adams

Report says Norfolk academies were not tipped off about inspection

An independent probe into allegations three Norfolk academies received advance notice of Ofsted inspection dates has found that “on the balance of probabilities” no one at the schools was unfairly tipped off.

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Norfolk schools are hoping to co-ordinate their term dates. Photo credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire

Graphic: New plans for school holiday dates could see Norfolk co-ordinate with Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire

Norfolk schools could harmonise their term dates with those in neighbouring counties from 2016 - despite new government legislation which aims to give each the freedom to decide their own academic year.

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Ormiston Victory Academy in Costessey. Photo: Bill Smith

Government defends £1.465m deficit funding for two Norwich academy schools

The Department for Education has denied favouritism after it emerged it gave two Norfolk academies £1.465m in deficit funding, but none to maintained schools.

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Andrew Cook, the new Ofsted regional director for the East of England. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Ofsted’s new chief in the East of England: Education in Norfolk still has “an awful long way to go”

School inspectorate Ofsted is arguably the most influential player in education in our region. Education correspondent MARTIN GEORGE meets its new regional director in the East of England.

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City College students shortlisted for a national photography award, left to right, Emily Witham, 16, Kloe Watts, 16 and Millie Ruhl-Barrett, 17.

See the photos that saw three City College students make the final of a national competition

Three budding photographers from City College have beaten almost 1,000 students from across the country to make the final of a national photography competition.

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West End performer Layton Williams teaches a routine to dancers at the Garage during his masterclass. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY.

Norfolk performers enjoy workshop with West End star

Norfolk performers enjoyed a special workshop with West End star Layton Williams.

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Terrance Isaac-Griffiths, commercial director for Norse. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Government snubs primary schools’ bid for money to help deliver flagship free school meals policy

The government has rejected applications on behalf of six Norfolk primary schools for £200,000 to help deliver one of its flagship policies.

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John Catton, left, chairman of the interim executive board at Sewell Park College, with Jeremy Rowe, who will leave his position as consultant head in Easter.

“I make sure my door is wedged open all day” - Sewell Park College head on how to turn around the school

The leadership team at a troubled Norwich high school has talked about how to turn around a school that is not performing well enough.

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Nancy Wedge and her son Eddie have started a craft blog. 

Photo gallery: Norwich schoolboy Eddie is a little toymaker with big ideas

Meet five-year-old Eddie Wedge – a little boy with a vast imagination who everyday turns household junk into a brilliant new toy to play with.

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Sheila Mercer, headteacher of Woodlands Primary School, Bradwell

Concern after deputy head leaves Bradwell school

Parents have expressed concern after the deputy head teacher of a Bradwell primary school suddenly left his post.

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John Catton, left, chairman of the interim executive board at Sewell Park College, with Jeremy Rowe, who has been seconded from Sir John Leman High in Beccles to lead the college during autum term, 2014.

Future Leaders Trust to help find a new headteacher for Sewell Park College

A Norwich high school fighting to get out of special measures is turning to a education charity to provide its next headteacher.

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Theatre Royal's pantomime member Nick Pack and pianist Mark Read join Arden Grove Infant and Nursery School pupils for a song and dance workshop.  Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Peter Pan and pirates on Hellesdon school’s timetable

Peter Pan and pirates have been on the timetable at one Norfolk school as pupils got an insight into being part of the Norwich Theatre Royal pantomime.

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Sir Peter Bazalgette at Open Academy, Norwich. Pictured, centre, with principal Jon Platten, futures coordinator Sue Cant and some key stage 4 and sixth form students.

Open Academy students quiz Arts Council chairman and Big Brother pioneer Sir Peter Bazalgette

Open Academy students have questioned the chairman of the Arts Council about the disparity of funding between London and other parts of the country.

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Hewett School sign and entrance on Hall Road. Picture: Denise Bradley

750 people sign petition supporting the Hewett School in Norwich

Campaigners calling for Norfolk County Council to support a troubled high school are preparing to hand a 750-signature petition to councillors.

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Stephen Little and Joanna Smith hand over the We're Backing Hewett School petition to lead member and chairman of children's services James Joyce at County Hall. 

“Nervous wait” after Hewett School campaigners hand in petition

Campaigners who presented a 750-signature petition supporting the Hewett School in Norwich have said they are “nervously waiting” the Department for Education’s next move.

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Earlham Nursery School pupils celebrarte their nursery's outstanding Ofsted report

Outstanding nursery celebrates getting top marks in its 75th year

Pupils and staff of Earlham Nursery School are celebrating maintaining their ‘outstanding’ Ofsted report.

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Tuckswood Primary was told it is making reasonable progress towards the removal of serious weaknesses designation

Tuckswood Primary’s academy conversion delayed by five months

There has been a five-month delay in a Norwich primary school becoming an academy, it has emerged.

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Reepham Primary School headteacher Miriam Jones . Picture: Denise Bradley

Inspectors tell Reepham Primary School it “requires improvement”

A headteacher has said staff are determined to show rapid progress after inspectors gave the school a ‘requires improvement’ rating.

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“Another nail in the coffin for trade unionism in Norfolk” - study centre at City College Norwich closes

The closure of a trade unions study centre will be “another nail in the coffin for trade unionism in Norfolk”, a shop steward has claimed.

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Tuckswood Primary was told it is making reasonable progress towards the removal of serious weaknesses designation

Good news for amalgamated Norwich primary school after first Ofsted inspection

A Norwich primary school has been graded ‘good’ following its first inspection since it was created by the amalgamation of an infant and junior school.

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Norfolk Young Musician of the Year winner Alexander Little, left with second place Megan Storerand third place Murray Chapman at the John Innes Centre. Photo: Steve Adams

Aylsham pianist is named 2015’s Norfolk Young Musician

A 17-year-old pianist from Aylsham has been named 2015’s Norfolk Young Musician.

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Clara Jackson's winning picture of a sunset at Burgh Castle wowed the Broads Society judges

Creative Gorleston student snaps up top photographic prize with stunning sunset frame

A creative teenager had scooped the top prize in an annual photography competition for her innovative shot of a sunset over the Broads.

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The Bernard Matthews Youth Awards 2014. The Garage dancers and singer, Dano Holmer. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Norwich’s The Garage to hold auditions for its Emerging Artists Academy

Young musicians and dancers are being invited to audition for the chance to perform in front of thousands at some of Norwich’s key city centre events.

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Dame Rachel de Souza, chief executive of the Inspiration Trust.

Delay for probe into claims Norfolk academies received inspection date tip offs

The review of an investigation into allegations three Norfolk schools received advance notice of inspection dates will report later than previously expected, it has emerged.

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Paralympian Jessica-Jane Applegate chats about the school dinners with Costessey Junior School children Demi England, 9, left; Mia Walker, 9; and Dr Patricia Mucavele, head of nutrition at the Children's Food Trust. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Video: Share your memories of school dinners, as venison and exotic fruit set to appear at Norfolk primary schools

Venison burgers and exotic fruit will be on the menu as revamped school dinners try to tempt Norfolk children to expand their culinary horizons.

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Gareth Stevens, executive principal of Hethersett Academy

Hethersett Academy vows to continue work to improve behaviour after Ofsted visit

An academy has pledged to step up its efforts to improve behaviour after a complaint sparked a snap Ofsted visit.

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Strangers' Hall Museum.
 Photo: Denise Bradley.

Photo gallery: Norwich museum blames fall in school visits on Tudors being dropped from National Curriculum

For generations of Norwich and Norfolk children, it has been a much-loved destination for school trips – and a glimpse into the city’s fascinating past.

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