New Community Representatives for the Norfolk Coast Partnership
The Norfolk Coast Partnership have a new set of Community Representatives to make sure local voices are heard as part of their work to look after the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The Norfolk Coast Partnership was set up in 1991 to promote the sustainable use of the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty AONB. The primary purpose of the partnership is the conservation and enhancement of the natural beauty of the area and its objectives encompass facilitating and enhancing public enjoyment, understanding and appreciation of the area, as well as promoting sustainable forms of social and economic development which themselves conserve and enhance the area's natural beauty.
The partnership is committed to involving local communities in the management of the
AONB. After a period of consultation with Parish Councils of the area and partner
organisations, the pre-existing role of Parish Representative was adapted and the name
updated to reflect a new focus. A campaign was launched in early 2011 to encourage local
people to apply for the volunteer role of Community Representative.
Local schools see the benefits of extra Government cash
finally, after ten years of Headship at Cromer, the town and its immediate surroundings has been recognised for the deprivation it has. In previous years, so much has gone to the larger areas, leaving the smaller pockets under-funded.
Steve Godson, Headteacher at Cromer Junior School
A report published today by local MP Norman Lamb shows how schools in North Norfolk are benefiting from extra cash through the Governments Pupil Premium which targets resources to help children from disadvantaged backgrounds to succeed. It comes as figures show that in Norfolk only 28% of students eligible for FSM achieved 5 A*-C grades in their GCSEs (including English and Maths) last year compared to 59% of their peers.
Mr Lamb wrote to all schools in North Norfolk that were receiving the funding to find out how they were spending the money and what difference it was making to pupils. The results are published today in the report, Tackling Disadvantage: the impact of the Pupil Premium in North Norfolk schools.
The report finds that most schools are putting the money towards extra teaching assistants, resources, or contributing to the costs of visits and out of school activities. Some are offering counselling for vulnerable students, one to one tuition to support pupils falling behind, or giving children opportunities they would not otherwise have such as learning a musical instrument.
At Happisburgh Primary School, for example, the employment of a Teaching Assistant with specific responsibility for improving achievement has had a positive impact on the progress made by the pupils. Some pupils have made significant progress within a short period of time.
Commenting, Norman Lamb said:
Ive been really interested to hear the different ways schools are using the money. One of the strengths of the policy is that it gives schools the freedom to spend the money how they think best, and that has been demonstrated by the variety of responses we have had.
Critically, disadvantaged children do benefit wherever they live. In the past hidden disadvantage in rural areas could be ignored.
Terrie Clifft, headteacher at Northrepps Primary School, said:
The Pupil Premium has been such a God-send to our very small village school!
With many children on free school meals and/or from financially hard-pressed families, the additional funds have allowed us to broaden the experience of our pupils to include more artistic and creative cultural events.
At Northrepps Primary we have also used the Pupil Premium for additional support staff hours and resources to aid individual and group learning within school.
However, I feel the huge strength of this government initiative is the freedom it gives Heads to use the money in ways that will have the greatest impact on individual childrens needs.
Staff welcomed the Premium, but some concerns were raised about how deprivation is measured and about the future of the funding stream. Norman Lamb has taken these questions up with childrens minister Sarah Teather.
Commenting, Norman Lamb said:
Its very encouraging that the Premium is having an impact thus far. I have put all the comments from schools to the Minister and will welcome further feedback from local schools.
The funding available is increasing every year, and as lessons are learnt we can seek to improve how the policy is delivered.
Copies of the report have been sent to local schools as well as to Education Secretary Michael Gove, Childrens Minister Sarah Teather and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.