Seven Norfolk schools to benefit from improvement experts

Seven schools in Norfolk are to get help from experts in an attempt to help them improve academically.

Norfolk County Council is bringing in experts from the London Leadership Strategy group, which has worked with more than 1,000 schools in the capital.

Two secondary schools and five primary schools, all told by Ofsted they need to improve, are to benefit.

The three-party alliance running the county council has set school improvement as a priority.

The £1.5m scheme will see the schools will be paired up with a national education leader who will work with head teachers on ways to improve.

'Sustained improvement'

The aim is to help each school achieve a good or outstanding result at their next Ofsted inspection.

In June, Ofsted said Norfolk County Council had a "big part to play" in failings at many Norfolk schools and announced the authority would be inspected.

Mick Castle, cabinet member for education and schools, said: "Our strategy is very much focused on encouraging strong schools to work with schools that may be struggling.

"We expect all of Norfolk's schools to be good or outstanding within three years."

Clare Cook, head teacher of Bignold Primary School, said: "I firmly believe that school-to-school support is the best method for sustained school improvement.

"It is even better if you can work with a head teacher from an outstanding school to keep our aspirations high."

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