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Parents back Norfolk schools

17/05/2013 Joanna
Most parents in Norfolk are satisfied with the work of local primary and secondary teachers, according to a new survey.

Ofsted currently rates only 64 per cent of Norfolk's primary schools and 54 per cent of its secondary schools as good or better, while its recent focused inspection of 28 schools there found 60 per cent of them to be in need of improvement or inadequate.

Yet an Eastern Daily Press poll of the county's parents found 73 per cent believe their children are receiving at least a good education, while 58 per cent feel they are being equipped the right skills and knowledge for later life

However, 40 per cent of respondents thought schools could do better on the latter front, with a number saying staff in teaching jobs should educate children about financial matters such as taxes and bills.

When asked whether Norfolk County Council was doing a good enough job in ensuring every child receives a good education, 30 per cent said it was, 38 per cent disagreed and 32 per cent were not sure.

Norfolk's schools are now independent from the local authority, although it is still expected to provide support and identify weak spots in provision and the council acknowledged there is still ambiguity among parents and schools as to what its role is.

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